There has been a lot of talk about the four new genres Maggies is introducing. My first two published books were crime novels, Sleeping Dogs and Cry Baby, published by Hale. Both books have a strong romantic element and this is why I started writing romantic novellas. Now I am going back to writing crime and romantic thrillers. I hope I can still do it.
Several of you have mentioned rejections. I spent months rewriting a novella only to have it rejected again, and that can be really depressing. Maybe this is the shot in the arm we all need. Our readers will have more choice, and if the new books are on the shelves every week we will have more opportunities for publication.
Being forced to try something new can be dauting - but also exciting. I was quite happy writing romances, but I had got in a bit of a rut and maybe this is the shot in the arm I need. Writing romance is fun, and we all know exactly what we are doing, but perhaps it is time for a change. Romance can still play a big part in a crime novel, whether it mimics Agatha Christie or Martina Cole, and suspense suggests stalkers and psychopathic lovers, so this could be even more fun. Either way, all we can do is give it our best shot.