When I first started writing, I heard a lot about the disappearance of the mid-list. In fact, I got the feeling that had been a popular topic for long before I started writing.
The mid-list is the category of books that most writers are writing. It’s not a mega hit but it’s not a category romance either. One thing I’ve had to learn too many times is that you can’t squeeze a mid-list book into a category romance. Unfortunately, I learned that lesson once again recently.
If you’re a category romance writer, well, you can probably find a publisher out there – there are many digital publishers who specialize in romance and when I say romance I mean category romance. But if you don’t write category romance or write a mainstream bestseller, where is your publisher? In other words, what’s a mid-list writer to do?
Indie publishing seems to fill that space where the mid-list used to go. But that means you have to create it all yourself – write, edit, publish, cover art, promotion. That really shouldn’t be surprising, though, because that’s also what’s happened in the technical writing world. At one time, different specialists performed the different publishing tasks: there were separate writers, editors, production editors, and graphic artists. Now a tech writer is expected to do most or all of that.
I’m that mid-list writer and while I’ve had publishing contracts, those were with publishers who were experimenting with mainstream or mid-list type of books. In the end, they failed because their readers are found and money is made in category romance, from sweet to erotica. And if you don’t write that, you’re on your own.
But with that independence comes the freedom to publish the book the way you want to. So I’m super excited about making these final edits to French Martini so that I can tell the story the way it’s mean to be told.
I’m so busy with my musicianship certificate program that I almost gave up on this book. But I know I must release this book so I’m going to work on the edits in-between music classes.