Yep, that’s me. I have been a lazy lazybones this weekend.
Well, not entirely. Actually I’ve been fairly active, I just haven’t been blogging.
Saturday we went antiquing, which was really cool. The antique shop we went to is one of those cavernous warren-like places, with lots of little rooms and, unlike antique stores in Florida, actual antiques. Including an entire carved wall panel, about 50 feet long, with a mantel and door set into it. It was amazing. Plus several staircases. Antique fireplaces, furniture, an entire wall of stuffed dead animal heads…
It was most atmospheric, too. Lots of narrow little aisles made entirely of musty dressers and wardrobes. Lovely.
Sunday we went to Bristol. Yesterday we went grocery shopping. Nothing too exciting, but we certainly filled the time.
And now the long weekend is over, and the hubs is going back to work, and it’s just me and the girls here alone for the rest of the week (it’s Princess’s half-term break.)
And I started the Blood Will Tell sequel, Blood on the Rocks. And I’ve started outlining the Personal Demons sequel, tentatively titled The Demon You Know.
So. On to the topic.
…what if some of your stuff is erotic, and some is more mainstream, but it’s all set in the same fantasy world, with the same history and cultures and races and languages and stuff? Same pseudonym? Different one? I’d be looking possibly at different publishers for the differing styles. Will this make contractual issues unnecessarily complicated as far as the options clause is concerned? Is this an issue for anyone else?
To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to say to this one, so I turned to Briana St. James, editor extraordinaire, who’s been in the business for several years at Ellora’s Cave, knows everyone, and is smart and great and all of that stuff. Briana is my editor and likes my work, so that right there tells you what a genius she is.
This is what she said:
I can’t really advise, but it usually isn’t a good idea to split a series over imprints or a publisher. It will make it much harder for the readers to find it, and often times publishers would much rather have an entire series.
I’m guessing as well there would be legal issues with this, as so many contracts do have option clauses that ask for the next work with the same characters or whatever. If you have an agent the agent would help negotiate all of that, but my best advice here–which, you know, probably isn’t worth doody–is to heat up the non-erotic stuff a little bit more and just sell it as a series with varying degrees of eroticism. In a series, part of the appeal is going to be the world and the characters, so readers will forgive some variations.
You could try different pseudonyms in that same series to differentiate if the books are really that different, or give them a series title: “A Gwellian Whores Book/A Soldiers of Tarok book” might clue the readers in a bit.
At least that’s my thought. You could try emailing Evil Editor to ask, or any one of the great agent bloggers in my sidebar too (*sniff* no more Miss Snark.)
Personally, I’m worrying that readers will get sick of reading about the same two people having sex over the course of more than one book. I wonder if this is one of the reasons why LKH turned Anita Blake into such a vagina-centered waste of space. At least it’s something new to write about.
Anybody else have some thoughts on either of those topics? Kis’s question, or my worries, or both?