Saturday, April 8, 2017

Different Genres, Different Names?

Some authors change their names when they write in different genres. Some change their publishers. Some publishers have subgroups for different genres. And some just ... publish ... write ... go for it.

I think I was trying to be "organized" when I "went for it" and tried to get different publishers for each of my genres. I didn't want to change my name - it's mine! But I didn't want to confuse readers, so I sent my children's Bible stories to a Christian Publisher, Cape Arago Press (actually, they asked me for them, which still fills me with hope). My contemporary novels went to a literary publisher, Stonegarden.net, who closed down. Then they went to a contemporary publisher, Second Wind Publishing, who slowed down. Now they're with another contemporary publisher, Indigo Sea, and I'm wondering if book 3 will ever be released. Meanwhile my speculative fiction went to Gypsy Shadow, who "released" me for lack of sales. Then they ... well, then they went to Indigo Sea which would kind of negate the one genre, one publisher idea, except IS doesn't seem to be in a hurry to release them. Meanwhile my children's stories are with Linkville Press which .., well ... doesn't just publish children's fiction. In fact, they might be better know for more adultly scary stuff such as ...

Purify My Heart by Ruthie Madison pits Christian, Wiccan and evil against each other, offering seductive temptation to a newly Christian woman whose husband is away at war. Lots of wise lessons, lots of backstory; coincidences that aren't all engineered by God, and wise advise lurks in the shadows. It's a slow read but interesting. Enjoy with some dark five-star coffee.

Maya Initiate 39 by Mr Ben involves another young woman seduced by evil forces. Never quite resolving the issues it raised, the novel takes a teenager through to adulthood, and offers readers the hope of redemption despite bad choices. Read this dark tale with some more dark five-star coffee.

Then there's Psychotic State the Novel by William Pattison, currently out of print. This ones definitely a dark dark five-star coffee book, with gratuitous violence, complex backstory, and a mix or horror, don't bully, and don't go off your meds themes that never quite gels.

I'm not sure how my innocent puppies and kittens fit with these, but Linkville Press deserves to be known for a broad spectrum of different books, from the curious fantasy of Torii, to the deeply relevant real-world issues of Etched in History, and from crime-drama Jack Stenhouse mystery to sweet animal mysteries (mine) in Tails of Mystery.

Perhaps a publisher that publishes many genres has a better chance of making sales and staying afloat than one that covers few. But what about the writer? Should I have stuck to one name, stuck to genre, or just stuck to being me?


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