My wife suggested that with my talent to write multiple genres, I should write a guide on how I go about tackling each specific genre and how I hit all the tropes of the genre to meet reader expectations. I thought it was a neat suggestion and felt I had something to say about approaching genres, which is different than writing to market, even though there is often overlap between the two. Popular genres, after all, are what sell. So you will see many writers attempting to break into a new genre in order to "write to market" but sometimes they don't know how to stretch themselves when shifting genres. So, taking my wife's advice, I've decided to write a series of short, 80 page, how-to guides on breaking into various genres. Something I have lots of experience with as a multi-genre author.
Many writers don't feel comfortable going outside their own sandbox, so to speak, so these books will be valuable for both aspiring writers wanting to hit a specific genre right out of the gate and for seasoned writers who might be looking to try a new genre.
The first three books will focus on Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror. The big three of speculative fiction. The next series will focus on Mystery, Post Apocalyptic / Survival, and Paranormal / Supernatural genres.
Above are the cover designs for the first set.
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By day I am an educator and a cultural ambassador. By night I entertain notions of being a literary master. In reality I am just a family man and ordinary guy who works hard and loves writing just about as much as I love my family. Just about.