Posted on March 17, 2014, in Auth: Jamie Brazil and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. In a weird twist of synchronicity I’m seeing this book in many places since reading this blog post. Most recently at the Powells Cedar Hills Check Out Counter 🙂

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  2. I’m in that cross-genre space too — only in my case, it’s “cross-gender” as well, since I write both M/F and M/M. What’s a crazy writer chick to do? (Do as you say, I think, Jamie, and just finish the dang stories, right?)

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  3. If we were concerned about “real life”, we’d be dentists or waste management specialists/garbagemen or something else useful and practical. But no, we are writers. Or as Maggie says, “crazy writer chicks” 🙂 Good enough for me.

    Although I will note, Asa, that JAK’s other popular RWA talk is about how she repeatedly shot herself in the foot career-wise. Ah well, whatever we have to do to limp along.

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  4. Maggie Jaimeson

    I like your thinking, Jamie. I too cannot remain in a single genre. I also used to worry about that…A LOT. But in the end I had to make myself happy. A book a highly recommend, that YOU initially recommended to me, is Write, Publish, Repeat by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt. They say that it’s okay to write in multiple genres, but when you do you have to also realize you need to find a following who READS in multiple genres. In other words, you have to give up on attracting those readers who read narrowly and will be upset when you “cross to the darkside” by writing in another genre. The good news is that there are a lot of people who read in multiple genres and, if they like your themes, they will follow you to your other books.

    So, then it comes back to branding. Morgan and Terri talk about this a lot. That is where I’ve personally struggled because all the branding I’ve seen is genre specific–from persona to tag lines to cards and bookmarks. But then the wonderful Susan Lute said something about her brand and that made me rethink my approach. She said her stories always explored the themes of “finding a way home.” It didn’t matter whether it was romance, paranormal, women’s fiction. They all explored that “finding a way home” theme.

    Of course, my brand isn’t as elegant or simple as that (I wish it were). But I settled on “seeing the world through a different lens.” That’s because I really do see the world differently–never black or white, never easy decisions, not even villains get off with being purely evil and good guys/gals always have a dark side. I believe, and my stories reflect, that being open to something different–something unknown–can be life changing.

    Okay, truth be told, my brand could probably be summarized as “that crazy writer chick” but I like my wording better. 🙂

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  5. I’m so with you on this, Jamie. I write steampunk, contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and nonfiction. I know it would make marketing sense to stick to one genre, but creatively I can’t.

    I listened to an old RWA talk with Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jayne Ann Krentz where they discussed this. Basically it came down to that no matter which genre we write, we usually have a core story or theme we stick to. The underdog that rises to the top, the ugly duckling who loves from afar, strong kick-ass heroines, super sexy alpha males, etc. So, what you brand is your voice and your story. At least that’s what worked for SEP and JAK. 🙂

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