A Golden Opportunity
In the first six months of 2016, I’m scheduled to release three novels. My fourth novel (Whippersnapper) is scheduled for release in January or February, with re-releases of my second and third novels in April or May and June or July. Shepherding them through the production process will keep me busy for the rest of the year.
My struggle to define myself as a writer is more or less over. Oh, I’m still learning — I just don’t stress out about my identity anymore. I’m just me, and that’s pretty much who I am as a writer too.
Challenges around genre continue to plague me. Up to now, my novels have been published as m-m romance. None of my books follow the conventions of the genre, but the stories included enough gay loving to make the cut.
More than anything else, genre is about reader expectations. Horror should be scary. Thrillers should be suspenseful. Mysteries should keep the reader guessing. My books don’t do what m-m romances are supposed to do. I can’t help it. I’ve tried.
Whippersnapper is my most serious attempt yet to write a real romance. Of course, I said the same thing about my previous novels. This time is different. Dreamspinner Press has assigned a “developmental editor” to help me beef up the romance. I’m anxious to see her suggestions.
My second novel (After Christmas Eve) is getting a new title, a new cover, and, rather than m-m romance, will be released as a mystery. The working title is Murder on the Anacostia. Since the original was published elsewhere, the manuscript will go through full edits with Dreamspinner.
Happy Independence Day is getting a new cover and minor edits. Instead of m-m romance, it will be released as historical fiction. Now that they’re all with the same publisher, the series is getting a new title too. I’m thinking maybe, “A Philip Potter Story.”
Re-releasing my novels is a golden opportunity. I’m getting a do-over for my writing career. Will the change in genre make a difference? I hope so, and of course, will keep you posted.