a paranormal romance blog
Publishers aren’t taking new paranormal romance authors. Or at least that’s the scuttlebutt around the writer’s cons. I had this happen to me last year. I have an extra series that I’m not sure what I’m doing with, it’s paranormal suspense and I pitched it at a romance writer’s con last year. The editor told me if I took out the paranormal and left it just suspense, she’d take a look at it. I think this is ironic as I have a writer friend who, a few years ago, was shopping romantic suspense and in order to get published she had to add a paranormal element to her suspense!
What’s really interesting about this is that I also know some romantic suspense authors who gave up being published by publishers and decided to self publish. They had received many rejections saying the market just wasn’t there for romantic suspense. Now the publishers are looking for those authors and they are selling books hand over fist without the publishers.
This gives me hope for paranormal romance. So I’m not taking the paranormal out of my suspense series. I’m still pitching it, not because I don’t want to self-publish it. It’s simply that I have so much on my plate that I don’t have time to publish it myself right now and if a publisher would like to help me with that, and it’s the right contract, then I’d be open to having some help. However, if those publishers are not taking paranormal romance, I might just end up with some free time in the next year or two. And then watch out! I’ll be publishing it myself.
And when those publishers begin to realize that there are still a lot of hungry readers out there looking for paranormal romance, it will be too late. That series will be selling like hotcakes while the publishers race to catch up to the market. Like they are doing now with romantic suspense.
Do you read a genre that’s hard to find? Romantic suspense was that way a few years ago and the market was flooded with paranormal romance, now it’s getting trickier to find new paranormal romance authors and series, unless you discover self-published. What about western romance? Publishers said that was dead but I know authors who are doing quite well with it. What do you read? Are you finding what you want?
I’m taking a break through August. A summer sabbatical while I work on my book, work on household stuff and head to RWA Nationals on a road trip. If I get organized, I might post a few blogs between now and then, but writing comes first! Want to keep up with me and maybe see what’s going on down at RWA? You can check it out on Facebook.
See you in September!