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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.