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"We aren’t entirely sure how to market this" was one of the reasons the publisher used for dropping my novel.  In all honesty I get that one.  The novel ended up being a paranormal, sports romance.  And the sport involved isn’t one of the bigger sports, it is ice hockey.  My husband (a lifelong hockey fan and a man who played until he was in his 40’s) once called ice hockey ‘the fourth ring in the three ring circus of sports in the US’. 

I couldn’t have picked a sport like football, basketball or baseball. 

I like hockey.  I’m willing to put in the time to research about hockey, about the organizations and the culture.  Heck I even have put in a lot of time to research fighting and the sorts of men that become enforcers (fighters) in the NHL, even though none of my characters have been enforcers.  If you are wondering it is normally guys who have caretaker personality who end up fighting the most.  I’m guessing that my love of the sport and my willingness to put the time in are the reason that only one of my non hockey stories have sold.

I’m probably not going to give up the fantasy elements of my stories.  The romance comes and goes – but most of my characters have some sort of partner, but they aren’t all in the process of falling in love.

So I have to figure out a way to start and market my own sub-genre.  In the 80’s I started reading fantasy books set in modern cities.  It may have taken years, but Urban Fantasy is a common sub-genre.  So given enough time and effort maybe the ‘next new big thing’ will be ‘paranormal sports romance’, it may take twenty years, but I’m still young. 

How about you?  What is your favorite sub-genre to read or write?    

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trystan830
May. 1st, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
i find myself reading a lot of urban fantasy and paranormal romances too. throw in some time-travel too.

at the moment, i'm reading Star Wars, so also add alternate universes with my scifi.
bodgei
May. 1st, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
I will say I don't read a lot of romance (but I do have 2 on my pile right now)
trystan830
May. 1st, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
i have scifi on my to-be-read pile. i have an AU of sorts (otherworlds) and a paranormal/supernatural detective story along with scifi on hold from the library.

if sidney sheldon counts as romance, then i have that on my pile as well.
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cornerofmadness
May. 1st, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
urban fantasy/mystery without a doubt.

good luck figuring out how to handle that novel. I can see why it would be a bear to market.
bodgei
May. 1st, 2012 11:00 am (UTC)
I love my urban fantasy as well.

The funny thing about the novel is that when they signed the cotract they knew what it was. Mind you about a month before they dropped me, they lost an editor and the head of marketing, so that may have more to do with it than any of the reasons in the letter.

hey, it's not like I need to push open a sub-genra in the next few years. I have at least 25 more years of 'day job'.
cornerofmadness
May. 1st, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
yeah I suspect that is it. The people that were there might have had ideas but the publisher didn't get those or doesn't care. good luck
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tree_lady
May. 3rd, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
How frustrating! But not that surprising in the trade. Manuscripts are often championed by one editor in the company who is trying to get it pubbed at the expense of the other editors & the ones they want picked up instead. If the editor who liked your work moves, the other guys will more likely see it as a better chance to get approval for their own fave.
You might want to find out where your editor & head of marketing are working now. The editor especially, liked it. He may not be able to push for it in his new position but he may have a suggestion about who to query next. Just send him a congrats on his move (or a sympathy note), and casually remind him of how you know each other. ;-P
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writerfreek
May. 1st, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
I just read a lot of teen lit haha.

Your story has a very interesting combination. It may not be too easy to market, but it's compelling.
bodgei
May. 1st, 2012 10:51 am (UTC)
I read some teen lit as well - it's a lot of fun.

I just need to work on makeing a nitch for myself - it'll be worth it if I do.
scribbleomania
May. 1st, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
I teach elementary kids, so I've been reading a LOT of children's books lately. Though, some of them are the best books I've ever read (anything by Diana Wynn Jones, for example). Otherwise I go for fantasy, paranormal; though less romance and more epic adventure kind of things.
bodgei
May. 2nd, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
I think children's lit is often beter than adult books. I have to say I'm most fond of the Susan Cooper books and the Tove Jansson books for kids. But maybe that is becasue I'm older and they were books I read as a kid.
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bodgei
May. 3rd, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I have to get my but in gear to market myself. Hopefuly the novel will end up with the publisher who has the Hyena shorts.

Right now my nonfiction reads seem to be history or hockey related. once or twice both.

I like the sounds of all three of those stories you are outlining.
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bodgei
May. 3rd, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
yeah i've been pritty off the grid myself. i'm trying to work on that but I'm not sure how long it will last.

I hear you abotu being ready for a break - I have afew days off in May and i can't wait.
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