I recently met with a fan who was in town and asked for some signed copies of my paranormal books, Rapture & Bliss and because I’m a firm believer in building my fan base I of course jumped all over that.
I had a lovely chat with this woman and when she asked me what I was working on I immediately launched into my long list of projects which includes final edits for a young adult paranormal romance, and a new contemporary women’s fiction. I could immediately see she truly wasn’t interested in the YA stuff but her eyes jumped when I talked about the overall plot for my women’s fiction which might take me years to write. But this got me thinking about a few things.
While it’s great we, as authors, can target ourselves and say we’re a romance, historical, contemporary, paranormal, erotica, mystery, young adult writer I often feel putting a label on things limits us. Some writers and I confess to being one of them, use pen names for their alternative writings. Now, I confess I did this because a lot of my writing is hot, sexy and erotic and I didn’t want my fans to become confused with my hard-hitting nitty gritty realistic teen novels, but I’m no longer sure I needed to do this.
Why? Readers are smart. They’re going to invest in the time to look at your book cover, read your blurb and decide for themselves if this is something they want or desire to read. Does it really matter that my erotic/sexy books could be also on the same web page of my young adult reads?