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katebloomfield

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Best-Selling Genre?
Posted: Jun 13, 2012 9:17 PM
 
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I have been curious for a while.

Do your books span multiple genres, or do you stick to one niche because it sells more?

I currently have two books for sale.

One is Young Adult fantasy/fiction

The other is a lesbian historical romance.

What is your niche genre / What sells the most?

Is there anyone here that writes in a 'trending' genre just for the money??

Don't get me wrong; I write for the fun of it, regardless of genre. ;)

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diamondlifestyle

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Re: Best-Selling Genre?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 4:54 AM   in response to: katebloomfield in response to: katebloomfield
 
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I write m/m books but I cross genres - fantasy, contemporary, working on a historical at the moment. They're just the stories that come to me!
42rthomas

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 5:59 AM   in response to: katebloomfield in response to: katebloomfield
 
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Mine are all fantasy fiction. I don't know that I would say that is a hot genre right now unless it has teenage vampires and such. Mine don't. To date, I haven't crossed over to another genre. I don't know where I would go.
agclaymore

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 7:28 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
 
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Historical...
Holmes and Watson?
colleenhooverr

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 8:02 AM   in response to: katebloomfield in response to: katebloomfield
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I write YA contemp. because that's what I like to read.

Also, it helps once you build up a fan base to stick to that genre. I have a friend who writes two different genres, but writes them under two different names so as not to confuse her fans who don't like the other genre.
eclecticmango

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 8:03 AM   in response to: katebloomfield in response to: katebloomfield
 
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I write in several non-fiction categories and children's books for several age groups. A few of my non-fiction titles sell the best for me right now. Yes, I guess I did write these for the money, but I'm doing what I love to do. What I have to do, really--if I didn't write, my head would explode.
agclaymore

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 8:13 AM   in response to: colleenhooverr in response to: colleenhooverr
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I want to try another genre eventually, but I plan to use variations on my current name.
Instead of A.G. Claymore, I would use Andrew Claymore or Glen Claymore. That way, I still get to hang onto some name recognition while differentiating the product.

Otherwise, you need to start from zero with each new genre.
petaward

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Re: Best-Selling Genre?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 8:28 AM   in response to: katebloomfield in response to: katebloomfield
 
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Interesting subject. Thanks for starting this thread.

Two of my novels are set in Australia.
One is a family saga about secrets, tragedy, conflict and love.
The other is about young singers at an opera school who are united by their passion for opera but divided by their ambition, love affairs and political opinions.

One is a crime novel set in London. It is selling much more than the other two.

I wrote all my novels because I was driven to. I'd love to make money from them, but that's not why I wrote them.

http://www.amazon.com/Eumeralla-Secrets-Tragedy-Love-ebook/dp/B004NNVWBQ/

http://www.amazon.com/Vissi-darte-ebook/dp/B004NNVWDE/

http://www.amazon.com/The-Doll-Collection-ebook/dp/B005E0QXES/

As far as I know crime, fantasy, horror and romance are the best selling genres on Kindle.

Joanna
sharecake

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 8:35 AM   in response to: eclecticmango in response to: eclecticmango
 
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It's conforting to know that someone else suffers from my ailment: the exploding head. Sometimes I think the words in my head are whirling in a hurricane yearning for paper moor.
drunkenvoltaire

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:26 AM   in response to: katebloomfield in response to: katebloomfield
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I write in, what I would consider, one of the least lucrative genres...scifi. However, I enjoy writing scif and I have a day job as well. Scifi books sell cheap...dirt cheap; and usually cater to only a very specific audience. In short, scifi is not a money maker in my opinion.

In my experience, erotic romance is probably the best selling genre. Hell, anything with romance will sell fairly well I think. I've seen hardcore romance readers eat up books in an afternoon like they were Haagen Dazs. Who would have guessed that sex sells, right? :P
chezjimc

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:35 AM   in response to: drunkenvoltaire in response to: drunkenvoltaire
 
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From what I've read, romance is indeed the big seller. Never been able to write it myself.
For my own sales, my original monologues for actors typically outsell my historical research and reissues.
drunkenvoltaire

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 1:09 PM   in response to: chezjimc in response to: chezjimc
 
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I agree, I also find it difficult to write about. I'm married so what do I know about romance anyway.
katebloomfield

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 9:56 PM   in response to: katebloomfield in response to: katebloomfield
 
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Thanks guys.

I find my YA fantasy sells better than my Lesbian romance.

I am currently working on another YA fantasy. When I am finished that Im going to start a modern-day romance.
diamondlifestyle

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Re: Best-Selling Genre?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 1:21 AM   in response to: agclaymore in response to: agclaymore
 
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Guilty as charged! I'm working on a non-fic piece about H&W and sat down the other day to get writing the 3rd in my fantasy trilogy, which has been sadly neglected. To my surprise, John Watson took control of my pen and started telling me a very interesting story indeed. Original plan was a standard late-Victorian with unique MCs...one day.
saxon21

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Posted: Jun 15, 2012 8:09 AM   in response to: drunkenvoltaire in response to: drunkenvoltaire
 
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My lowest price book is 3.99 and they sell quite well. One of the top selling sci-fy books this year was the Hunger Games series and it was priced at 7.99. In the top forty books of my sci-fy genre there is only one .99 book in the top twenty and three in the top forty. There are fifteen priced higher than 7.99. Sci-fy fans will pay for a good story.
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