I do have a couple of fiction books out in the thriller genre and they sell. I make money from them but (are you reading carefully?) not nearly as much as I make in another genre under a different name.
There I've said it. Wish I'd done it sooner.
So the big question that I keep asking myself is - "Am I a failure in the thriller genre if my other books keep selling so well."
I will tell you my answer. It's.....I don't know.
That is I really haven't decided that yet. I LOVE writing fiction thrillers. In fact I can sit down at my laptop and before I know it I have 3000 words done and more that needs to come. Doing a book in the other genre I struggle sometimes to even start.
I'm just not that into it. But it sells so I do it. It's my job, what feeds me....to a degree and actually I have leant all about self publishing and being an indie author because of these books.
And this is the point of the post. I have seen some comments and read some things from authors who say you should only write what you want to be known for. Keep going and you will succeed and other such fist raising tag lines.
And I agree with all of them.....
Accept that sometimes you have to do what you don't want to do in order to get what you want.
Didn't Mick Jagger say "You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometime you'll get what you need."?
And I need to know about writing, publishing and how to make money doing those things. So before I even wrote my first book I looked at Amazon and downloaded lots of books in different genre's. Analyzed them, looked at what sold. What people were writing and saw that the romance genre is great for short stories.
Short stories, I can write them.
And that's where I started. I wrote about 20 and tweaked them, changed them and now my romance books sell really well. I make money and I feel good about my abilities as a writer.
Should you write in the romance genre? If you want to sure. But is there something else you might be better at? Or maybe romance is good for you.
It doesn't matter the main thing is that you write even if you don't want to become the best known author in romance. I don't. But I still write in the genre to make money.
I bet if you ask all the big authors they have all written in different genres and under a different name.
So what books should you write as an indie author? Ones that sell.
Off to start another romance book.