Saturday, February 20, 2010
Staying Two Steps Ahead
I was on a forum today and someone made a great observation: What really bothers me is that you've got agents saying that certain paranormal creatures are getting tired, but then they keep selling and when you offer them something different, they "don't know where to place it" BECAUSE it's different (Thanks to Roly on AWWC)
Right now the market seems to be saturated with vampires and werewolves, yet despite agents saying they've had their fill they still keep coming. I'm not big on reading paranormal YA novels (I know, I know how can I write what I don't read? But mainly it's so I don't get influenced by someone elses concept), but I haven't noticed a lot of angel stories lining the shelves, but all I hear about is how they're the next hot thing. Too bad for those people just figuring that out when, even as they make their debut on the market, they're out. It's too late to write the next great angel story because in two years time after you've written, edited, queried, revised and found a publisher the market will be full for those stories.
Everything has a life cycle and the publishing world is no different. So, I find myself wondering now if I should be moving two steps back. What was popular 4 or 6 years ago in teen fiction? There I might find the next big thing. Too bad the characters in my head aren't interested in being the next big thing. I guess I'll just have to write what the voices in my head want me to and pray that its what's about to be hot.
On my iPod:
She is Beautiful by Andrew WK