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New & different, but not too different

I always hear agents and editors talking about how they want something new and different.

Then, they add, but not too different.

What’s a writer to do? How do we find that line?

Obviously, I’m still working on that.

But I think, over the years of reading agent blogs (See the links for some of my favorites) I’ve come to get at least a slight grasp on the statement.

As a reader, I love seeing the common tropes I’ve come to expect from the genres I love. If I pick up a romance, I darn well want to experience the tumulus, rocky relationship, and the falling in love to their happily ever after. If I pick up an urban fantasy, I want that heroine to kick some major butt, but occasionally show the alpha hero her softer side. I also want to watch how she wraps him around her pinky–not in the way that he’s whipped, but in the way that he treats her with softness, and respect.

So as a writer, I think one of the most important things is knowing the tropes of the genre you write in. As long as you have what the reader expects, the playing field is yours baby 🙂

Q4U: What’s your take?

Busy bees…


I admit to being a fast writer. Still working on my drafts being cleaner, but there’s improvement with each new story I write.

Recently, I got a request from an editor for one of my erotic paranormal romance novellas. And one of the novels (different editor).

Then, there were these calls for submission for a couple of anthologies.

Short stories?

Hell, not me.

I’ve managed to write a grand 1 (one) short story when trying.

But this, erotic romance, I’ve found I can do. I mean, I sat down this past week and wrote 2 short stories and submitted them to different anthologies.

(PS. Hoping to hear soon, but we all know publishing, right?)

So what makes it so different, that my fantasy, urban or otherwise, and my romance, paranormal of course, just seems to require a longer medium? But erotica I seem to be able to cut shorter?

I’d think plot, but some of my readers specifically commented that what they liked most about my stories was the plot.

Any ideas readers???

…And, hopefully I’ll have some good news to share in the upcoming months. Then, I’ll get to bug ya’ll to read my stuff 🙂

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