Do NOT Apologize for Your Genre

OK. I’m going to keep this simple, because I like simple.

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-3-32-04-pm1. There are people who love reading in every genre. Don’t do them the disrespect of looking down on a genre – even your own.

2. Publishing is HARD. Having novels come out into the world is HARD. The part that should be fun is the writing part. You’re not going to have fun if you’re forcing yourself to write outside of a genre you enjoy.

3. NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR SOMETHING YOU LOVE. That’s like, apologizing for a piece of yourself that you LIKE. WUT? Yeah. Makes no sense.

4. I feel like I sometimes talk to authors who are self-conscious about their genre because they think there’s a stereotype surrounding people who write that genre. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could break a stereotype of authors in a particular genre? OWN IT.

Instead of saying, “I just write…” Say, “I write X, and I LOVE it.”

And that’s all I have to say about that.

~ Jo



Published by Jolene Perry

Hiker. Occasional Yogi. Equestrian. Couch potato. Music lover. Mediocre guitar player. Sailor. Tailor. Home body. Traveler. Enjoys suffering from being interested in everything. Co-founder and instructor at Waypoint Author Academy. Rep'd by Amy Bishop of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

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