Monday, August 9, 2010

Modern . . . Laughs

First, sometime this week I'll be posting about the Writing Roseanniversary Giveaway Extravaganza! As soon as I get all my ducks in their appropriate rows for it. =)

Now, onto my actual topic. As WhiteFire considers submissions, I'm thinking about which of my contemporaries I may want to publish with them. A few are out of the question (at least temporarily) as they're under consideration at other publishers.

But one that got quick "no thanks" answers from everyone was my romantic comedy. The big pubs didn't want things "that light" or "with a voice reminiscent of chick lit." Now, I doubt WhiteFire's going to have a problem with that, because they have a totally different business model.

My readers, however, are still vitally important--and contemporary romantic comedies don't have a whole lot in common with the serious Biblical fiction WhiteFire is publishing so far. So here's my question to y'all.

What would you expect all my books to have in common? What differences are you willing to accept? If you've read Stray Drop, would you also be willing to read something that's more similar to the voice I use in my blogs? (Light and chatty.) Would it be enough that the light and funny ones still propel the characters to deeper faith and find love, or would you not know what to do with me if I went from quoting Greek philosophers to a heroine with a purple streak in her hair and a polka-dot dress?

Perhaps my readers here aren't the best ones to ask, given that you read my blog, which is light and chatty. But I don't have any way to ask those readers who don't read my blog, so answer me anyway, if you would. ;-) I'd appreciate it.

1 comment:

  1. This likely isn't very helpful, but I think at the end of the day it just has to sound like you. We talk about that vague voice concept a lot at writers conferences. I think so long as it sounded like I was reading a book by Roseanna M. White, I wouldn't be bothered. Like if I picked up a Lisa Samson book and it was all fluff, I'd be like, "What...?" Or a Jenny B. Jones book and there was no humor.

    That isn't helpful at all, is it? I'm just telling you what you already know.