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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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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.
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)
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.
May. 1st, 2012 11:05 am (UTC)
I'll be honist - I've never read a sidney sheldon.

I have a sports romance called "the penalty box" and a bunch of non-fiction books about hockey (including a book on the 'great expansion' that covers the beginings of teams like the Flyers) and a book on the bias aganst French speeking players in the NHL.

I have about 6 horror and the rest are mostly fantasy.

Mind you some have been on the pile since this time last year.
May. 1st, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
sheldon wrote romance... but they were also stories of planning, plotting, deception, and trickery. sometimes they spanned generations, like what's on my pile - the original Master of the Game and it's sequel by Tilly Bagshawe, Mistress of the Game.

i redid my pile once i read Game of Thrones last year, and everything got shuffled around, and i think my current pile is only from several months ago.
May. 3rd, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
go through my pile from time to time - mostly when things don't fit anymore - or if I need something (Like a Jack Falla essey or something) but I know that there are things I will never read on it.
May. 3rd, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
yeah, i go through my pile from time to time too. =)
May. 3rd, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
pritty soon I may get rid of some of the things waiting to be read. If they have been on the pile for 3 years I'm probably not going to get to it.
May. 3rd, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
oh wow. i'm sure i have stuff i've wanted to read for longer than that though.....
May. 3rd, 2012 10:48 am (UTC)
sure, but you didn't buy it and then set it on a shelf. Mind you some of it is related to other things - I had two Prattchett books on my shelf since my dad died becasue I feel guilty that I didn't let him read them first...
May. 3rd, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
ahh, i understand. *hugs*

but, yeah, i did.... i ordered a signed copy of a book that came out summer of 2008, and didn't read it until sometime in 2010.....
May. 4th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
I have a few signed things that are sort of accidental and went on my 'signed books' shelf with only being partaly read. LOL
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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.
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'.
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
May. 2nd, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
thanks - I have another publisher that is interested in the peice, so we will see.
May. 2nd, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
very cool
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
May. 4th, 2012 10:54 am (UTC)
I actuly have someone who is interested in looking at it - and I want to go over it again and fix a few things that have been bothering me about the story before I send it to them though.

From what I've ben hearing I glad i won't be working witht he publisher in question though.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May. 2nd, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure why that is, but it's often true. I love the Susan Cooper books! I don't think I've read any of the Tove Jansson books, though I have heard of them.
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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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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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May. 4th, 2012 10:57 am (UTC)
I need to get used to being on line again to... Well some of it is marketing and some of it is just being around and relaxing.

Yeah I'm still working all the time but this month I think I have 2 weekends compleatly off. I'll be going to Lancaster PA for a writers conferance that weekend.
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