As I find myself pondering whether or not to write a YA urban fantasy that’s been kicking around in my head, I thought it might be helpful to go over some pros and cons on writing in multiple subgenres. I picked these up from the “Writing in Multiple Subgenres” Workshop presented by Ann Aguirre, Cynthia Eden, Beth Kery, Elisabeth Naughton, Juliana Stone, and Beth Williamson during RWA’s 2010 convention.
- If you are easily bored, writing in different genres can keep you entertained and creatively fresh.
- If you are a fast writer, you can get more books published this way. Oftentimes publishers aren’t eager to put out more than 2 or 3 books a year by the same author. By writing in two different genres, you can double your output (and increase your income).
- Readers who love your work may follow you to another genre.
- Some readers will not follow you to the other genres, no matter what.
- If you have two pen names, you will need 2 websites and 2 sets of promotional materials (i.e. greater expense).
- You dilute your brand to some extent, because people may get confused as to what you represent.
- The possibility of becoming overcommitted. If you have a full-time job or other commitments, you must be aware of publisher expectations. Can you realistically meet the expectations of two different publishers?
So, do you write in multiple subgenres? If so, why? Do you find that it makes you a stronger writer?