Recently some editors, publishers and agents got on Twitter to tell writers what their wish list was when it comes to submissions. I’m not going to copy and paste all of what they are looking for but I can sum it all up for you. The top two that they are looking for currently are YA and some form of fantasy. One even said that she does NOT, NOT, NOT, want anything on divorce, cancer, jerk husbands or getting your groove back fiction. Well damn, ladies isn’t that our real lives? Guess she doesn’t want to read about it too. But what does this say for us writers?
Don’t feel pressured to immediately start writing YA or fantasy fiction. I know, it is hard for me to hop on the YA or fantasy train too. After I read the list I had to push myself to realize that those are not areas that I am familiar with nor do I want to be familiar with right now, maybe down the line. So why not go with the flow? Well think about this – agents, etc are looking to make money so they lean toward what is hot on the bestsellers lists. Remember last year this time it was erotica because of that damn novel stealer author who wrote (if that is what you wanna call it) Fifty Shades of Grey? Now everybody wants to do YA or fantasy. What is it going to be next year? Now if you are a multi-genre writer such as myself then you can adapt to switching genres but you could get in trouble with that later. What if you get into it and realize that you are not feeling the genre but keep going because that’s what is hot? Fans will feel that no matter how you have convinced yourself otherwise. This is all a fad.
Keep doing the genre that you are doing. Somebody wants to read it if you thought of it you is not the only one crazy and different. Who knows it may be the next big thing next year and you will be getting movie deals and 3, 4, or 5, book deals. But don’t start biting your nails and pulling your hair out because a few agents, publishers or agents wants a certain genre right now. Their minds change as quickly as the wind blowing their way.
Peace and luv!
Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia