I've heard so many different things about trends lately. About the most popular upcoming genre. What editors are dying to get their hands on right now. I've heard around the blogosphere that editors are looking for thrillers, gothic novels, and sci-fi right now. Also contemporary, which is a hard sell I've heard, but they still want it.
And guess what? I don't write any of those. In fact, my book I just finished? It's paranormal. And editors are tired of paranormal. (Or so I've heard.) Am I going to put it away and write a thriller that I know I can't pull off? No. I write what I like to write. And you know what? Even if it doesn't sell, I'll be okay. Because timing is everything. What doesn't sell now, may sell later. You never know. That's why it's so important to keep writing. Even if you're querying one book, write another. Even if it's been a week or so since your agent put your book on sub, work on something new. Believe me. You'll go crazy if you don't. I think it's so smart to always have a backup plan, because the ugly truth is? Your book might not sell. Your precious baby that you've worked on for so long, may not catch an editors eye. And it's nice to know you have another book finished in case that happens.
Also, don't follow the trends. The market is so fickle. What's popular this year won't be next year. So, instead of waiting around for a trend to go out or come in, write the story that's calling to you. Perfect your craft. Every book you write, matters. Even if they sell or not. You get so much practice and learn SO much with every book you write. I have 5 books behind me. Five. And I'm pretty sure I don't have a book deal yet to show for it. And that's okay. I've learned so many things on my journey from those 5 books. A few I'll go back to, but some I won't ever touch again. I loved them when I wrote them and they'll always have a little place in my heart. And every time I get discouraged, thinking I won't be able to write another book, I look back and think, "Wait a minute. I've finished 5 books. I can do another one." That's all that keeps me going sometimes.
So, the moral of this post? Keep writing. No matter what happens with the market. No matter what trend is popular or going out of style. Keep writing what you want to write. Write what you love and things will happen. This business is so hard. SO frustrating. But if you keep at it, you'll be okay and things will work out when they're supposed to.
Okay. Enough sappy stuff. How was everyone's weekend? :)