Don’t try to guess what sort of thing editors want to publish or what you think the country is in the mood to read. Editors and readers don’t know what they want to read until they read it. Besides, they’re always looking for something new.
I had been wondering what sort of things people wanted to read when I started writing, and then someone, actually several someones, said “Write what you want to read.” This was enormously helpful, because everyone needs to find their own niche. Not only that, but it is so much more fun to write what you want to read yourself.
I enjoy a variety of people’s writing, but it doesn’t always mean it’s what I should write. Well, maybe I should try. There are a variety of genres’ and writers that I like but would never try to emulate. Then again, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Or is that plagarism. I hope not. My husband Todd is working on my book cover but doesn’t want it to be “like.. so and so’s” so I am stuck trying to change my cover idea or even parts of my work, which would require another edit, which takes even more time.
So with keeping to the small stuff, I’ll just worry about writing what I want to read right now, leave my cover design to my dear husband, and then worry about publishing. Have I only said ‘worry’ two times? It should be so many more. It’s amazing what you come up with when you’re self-editing.
Have a great week.