Monday, November 28, 2011
Erotic Corner - Gay for Pay?
Tina Sue wanted me to spice things up and stop being so politically correct when I post as it's probably boring some of you. Believe me, it bores me to have to always watch what I say and make sure I'm not offending anyone. So, the first order of business: Offend someone. Tell your momma I said hi. All of you.
Now to the real issue. I recently had this discussion with a fellow author who writes M/m romances and erotica for a living and she told me it irritated her when she saw authors who didn't traditionally write M/m start to jump on the bandwagon for sales purposes. I mean if you're writing straight or menage all the time and doing well, why bother crossing into another genre?
For one, M. Christian talked about stretching in an early WritESEX post entitled Flexing. Stretching those writer muscles helps us to grow for one. As he writes "A writer is nothing but pure potential, but only if that potential is utilized."
That being said, what do writers do? Writers write! And while we could all remain one trick ponies, that won't do much for expanding our possibilities for more income. So what if we want to capitalize on the M/m trend? As long as the stories are good, well written and speak from the writer's voice, they'll give us an experience we hope to remember.
Of course this does present a problem. Readers who buy ebooks may not like the jumping around an author does, they may not be a fan of M/m or those fans may discover a new favorite author. The "stick to one genre" purists fear that quality in their genre may drop.
It's possible. But if those purists have done their homework and built their audiences, what's the problem? I'll tell you.
95% of the time when someone gives off any statement that sounds like a quality issue when more players are added to the board, it's often a mindset of "There aren't enough." There aren't enough readers in m/m and if someone else cuts in and steals my readers--you can see where this is going. It's bupkis.
The truth is, especially in this sub genre, there are TONS of readers DYING to read M/m. Just look at any of the fanfiction boards. Yaoi is a HUGE genre even though it seems sort of wrong. But authors make it work. Stephanie Burke, Morgan Hawke, Katrina Strauss, they're not worried about competing for your dollar in M/m. They've done what any true author does when it comes to the business of writing.
They've built an audience that hungers for their particular voice. Burke has written in numerous genres, Hawke has as well. Neither of them are worried. Strauss is becoming a bigger name in M/m because of her characters and her voice.
So instead of focusing on your competition, what are you doing to distinguish yourself as a M/m author from all the rest? And if you think I'm going to take your readers, you're probably right.
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