Djuna Shellam The Write OWL—Episode 12
Genre is the topic of today’s Sunday episode of Djuna Shellam The Write OWL. It’s Mother’s Day, so it’s a short one. On that note, I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the good mothers in the world. You deserve to be pampered, loved, adored and waited on hand and foot. Accept nothing less, expect more—you know your kids do. Ha!
So let’s talk about genre. As it turns out, this will be the first of two episodes on the topic
. Apparently, I have a lot to say about it. Currently, my series is listed under the genre lesbian fiction and lesbian romance on Amazon. It was quite a dilemma for me trying to decide where to list them. Niche genres are great if they’re not too small, and they’re terrible if they are. General fiction or romance are genre categories that are much too large, in my opinion, and my books would most likely get lost in the millions of books available there (I might be exaggerating, but I don’t think I am).
I never set out to write in a particular genre, in particular, the lesbian genre. I just had a story knocking around in my head I thought was good enough to tell, and wanted to tell. That it turned into a series of that genre was also not planned. I follow the stories, wherever they lead. Wherever. Right now, they’re leading me through the lives of lesbian characters. Who knows what will happen in the future? I sure don’t. In five years I could be telling the stories of exiled Grakgors from the planet Siragia of the Xlokystraa Galaxy. And they may or may not be lesbians. Wait… hmmm…
I believe at some point I may split the genres. It will be at the risk of hurting my overall ranking, in order to open my series to more readers, especially those willing to explore a bit, but it will probably be worth it in the long run.
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