John Grisham does it. So do Tess Gerritsen and Orson Scott Card. What is it? Quite simply, genre hopping is when one author writes books in more than one genre.
When is it okay to genre hop?
Rumor has it that genre hopping is frowned upon in the publishing industry. This is not the case. In fact, there are two times in your career when genre hopping is encouraged.
- One: Before you ever get published
- Two: After you have successfully published multiple books in one genre
Are there exceptions?
Absolutely! The most notable being Children’s Literature. Of all audiences, this is the one with the most wiggle room. Take author Cynthia Jaynes Omolou, who writes picture books, YA, and everything in between.
I have this talk with my agent all the time, and her answer is "write what you love." -Cynthia Jaynes Omolou
Annnnnd if you want to get really sneaky…
You can use a pen name to write (and submit!) in more than one genre. I’ll talk about this more when I discuss pen names next week here on the blog. So be sure to leave me any questions/comments about your experiences with pen names so I can cover all the bases!
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