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Genre Mashups- Isn’t it all just fiction anyway, Thursday, 3 PM
“Dare to fail fantastically.” – Dan Wells
What is a Genre Mashup?
LEM: Genre is an invented convention anyway. It’s just a marketing device. Authors need labels, but sometimes that label isn’t sufficient to describe what’s underneath.
DW: My editor from TOR, “I love your book, but I don’t what shelf to put it on.” And I thought, yeah that’s a problem.
LEM: You are free to work within the confines of a genre.
DW: If you do it right, you can mash up any genre you want, and no one will notice.
SA: I’m self published, I don’t really worry about genre. I do what I want!
SV: Electronic format allows genre mash ups to be listed in both places instead of none.
DW: When you start writing a book, worry about the label as little as you would worry about the cover art. Because the publisher will force that on you.
When Genre mashing, beware of: your influences. Homage or imitation
Beware of: why you are writing it. Are you putting things in there because it is what is popular, or because it is necessary?
DW: Follow that one mashup idea and follow it all the way down the rabbit hole and pick the best parts.
SV: Be widely read because this allows you to draw from a myriad of resources.
Writing in a genre you aren’t familiar with.
DW: Don’t go slumming in someone else’s genre. Read in a Genre before you write in it.
LEM: All words accrue value in your writing. Your words are not sacrosanct.
DW: Dare to fail fantastically.
LEM: Never wrote in a certain genre. If you have a story, write it, if you lack the knowledge, research it.
“All words accrue value in your writing. Your words are not sacrosanct” L.E. Modesitt Jr.
LEM: I’m a mechanic in that sense. If I believe in it enough, you can make it happen.
DW: You can make anything work. How you are going to make it work is going to tell you what you need to do next.
SA: “I rely on my beta readers. As long as they can embrace it, I know I’m doing okay.”
DW: Tell the story you want to tell and let people put a label on it.
Be up front with your genre mashing. Without betraying your story.
LEM: Introduce your books genre, or make the reader aware that it is. Tell them everything and still surprise them.
Career wise, if you are not married to the genre, then early on, switch genres. You want people to come back for you, not for the genre.
LEM: The copy, No matter how well you write it, will never be as good as the original. So be the original.
JF: Don’t write for the trend, be the trend.