Sunday, August 13, 2006
Idea, Idea, My Kingdom for an Idea...
But..... I've been reading about how, for the purpose of your career, it's better for a newly pubbed author to concentrate on one genre. Fair enough, I see the sense in that, and as I want to be in the game for the long haul I'm happy to wait a while before doing adult books.
That means I'll be aiming at writing 3 or even 4 YAs a year. Which leads me to the main focus of this blog. 3 or 4 books, means 3 or 4 workable ideas. HELP!
I have an idea for the one after the one I'm currently writing.... and possibily one other. But that's it. In the past ideas have usually popped into my mind when I need them, but that isn't at the rate of 4 a year.
So, any suggestions........
What does your agent or editor say? Because really . . . you should be working up your option book if you sold your first YA and turned it in, and if so, has your editor given you some guidance as to what she is looking for? That can help you focus.
P.S. And for the record, I write YA as Liza Conrad, dark thrillers as Tess Hudson, and Chick Lit and catagory parnormals and mysteries as Erica Orloff. It can be done. I am not a huge fan of "there is only one way to do this."
You're right there's alwys more than one way to do things. In an ideal world I wnat to write YA and adult chick lit/hen lit - but I do feel most comfortable at the moment with YA.
I'm trying to balance historical and chick-lit, which is not that common, but it seems like I can think of plenty of authors who are doing YA and Chick-lit at once. I say, if you have ideas, submit them...just be lucky you have ideas...
But what do I know about working on a schedule or with an editor ;)
If you've got a couple of ideas floating around then I'm sure other things will pop up in the meantime.
Free your mind and they will come :-)
I won't sweat it. I've got more exciting things to think about, like what to wear to the Go Wild Awards dinner at the RWNZ conference on Saturday night. I was thinking of a gold thong and a couple of gold tassles on my boobs... but my friend was very rude about how it would look!!!!