Tip of the Day: Chew gum when you are wanting something to snack on while you write. It helps!
I’ve been thinking a lot about branding lately as it relates to being an author. Right now I’m working on my third YA book for Simon Pulse, and it’s another ghostly love story written in verse, which I think fans of I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME will like. At least, I hope they will. I’m trying to make it new and fresh, of course, because obviously people don’t want the same old, same old.
But when I’m finished, I really want to do something different. Something that makes me stretch my wings in some new ways. Don’t get me wrong, each book requires stretching. But it makes me think about some authors who have found their place on the YA shelves and happily embrace it. Think Sarah Dessen, Ellen Hopkins, or John Green. Is there something wrong with me because I’m not happily embracing a certain type of story? I’d be curious to know if the above authors write what they write because that’s what they truly LOVE, or is it because they want to continue to give their readers what they love. What do you think?
As for me, it’s not like I’ve hit the NYT list with my books like the above authors have. I don’t feel like I could be ruining my career or some crazy thing because I decide to branch out. On the other hand, with each book, I’m supposedly gaining readers, and so maybe it’s my job as an author to continue to write the same kind of books so somewhere down the road, I will “be successful.”
I don’t know. All I know is I want to try something different. Maybe it’ll be a flop. But maybe it’ll be something wonderful. I just don’t know until I try. And so, that’s what I’m going to do, and see what happens!
~Lisa, Miss Crafting a Career