Caption: "Geeze, when I said I wanted my novel to go to auction, this isn't what I was thinking!"
picture courtesy of my daughter....caption by me (hahahahahaha, I felt so clever)
Now, I know publishing houses are not going out of business. I don't want to stir up any dust there...
but I did want to make a point about the current market.
Recently, my novel was on submission. It came back with a revision request and a response that included a phrase like...."in today's tight market"
Have you heard that one?
The one about how we need to write our very best because the market is tighter? And the one about how we should be conscientious of the stories we choose to tell? Case in point: I love writing historical fiction but have been told it is a more difficult sell in this children's market. Should I try to write something more 'marketable'?
What are your opinions on this? Is it changing the way you write? What you write? When you decide to query and submit?
I am giving it some serious thought. I tend to say YES we need to be more careful about the quality of our writing and more thoughtful about when we submit/query. But, I tend to say Hmmm, MAYBE on the what we write. I need to write from my heart. What is in me. What I love. If I try to follow a trend then it will show in the quality of my work (I think). Still, I want to at least try to write something that is relatively easy to sell and market in this current economy.
What are your thoughts? I'd really love to know.