Yesterday my son and I were browsing in the bookstore. He asked me why all Dick Francis novels have a picture of a horse on the cover.
“Because his stories are set around horseracing,” I said. “It’s his gimmick.”
“What’s your gimmick?” my son asked.
“I guess I don’t really have one.”
“You should make poker your gimmick.”
“Hmm. I guess I could have a character who’s a professional gambler, a guy who goes to all the big poker tournaments. Of course, it would take a lot of research. I would have to live that life for a while.”
He laughed. “Yeah, sure. Research. That’s what you could call it.”
See, my son thinks life on the road as a gambler sounds exciting and glamorous. I’m not so sure about that, but a poker theme for mysteries does sound like a decent gimmick.
So what’s your gimmick? Do you have one? Do series sell better with a gimmick?
Of course, at least one writer
is already doing poker mysteries.