What are you willing to do to get published?

I'm not a romance writer, but after my agent's repeated suggestions, I wrote a romantic suspense. He says romance is selling well in the inspirational market and after my first mystery didn't sell, and I already had this romantic suspense book partly written (for an anthology,) I finished it. Now all I can do is wait, and rewrite my original mystery with a romance angle.

I'm not thrilled about turning my married protagonist into a divorced, single mom or three so she can find love and live happily ever after, but I do want the book to sell, and it already made the rounds. I've been told editors liked the idea, but wished it was a romance.

So here I go again, writing a romance. Is this where I want to stay, no! But I'm hoping it will be a stepping stone to what I really want to write and in this economy and market, sometimes we have to take a different path if we want to get ahead!

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Comment by I. J. Parker on June 26, 2009 at 12:17am
Funny, Patrick. I can see that first one to be a public nuisance. Attractive and intelligent are quite enough without aspiring to sainthood.
Comment by Patrick Balester on June 25, 2009 at 1:19pm
I'm willing to kill to get published...and did so, in my debut novel. The victim was intelligent, attractive and devoted to preserving the environment. I killed her anyway. Now I'm working on my second victim, a NASA scientist with a big heart and a long list of enemies. I guess I'm just a serial writer.
Comment by I. J. Parker on June 25, 2009 at 8:17am
Well, more power to you. If they are indeed buying in that category, that would explain why my literary thriller was sent to romance editors until I threw a fit.
Comment by Gina Conroy on June 25, 2009 at 2:27am
And you shouldn't change, BR! I can see myself writing all kinds of genres, the hardest part will be narrowing it down. Thankfully romantic suspense and suspense aren't too far from each other and I know lots of writers who cut their teeth on romantic suspense and now write in other genres. So we'll see what happens with the latest WIP I sent in. The market is really open at the publishing house right now.
Comment by B.R.Stateham on June 25, 2009 at 1:55am
We all have to choose our paths (to whatever extent we can) to pursue in getting published. In that respect, you are far more flexible than I could be in changing genres. I see myself writing two types of fiction. That's it. I don't wish to change.

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