Welcome back to Letters to My Editor, a series of blog posts hashing out the relationship between an author and editor. In this case, my editor, Kate Homan, is my pen pal, and you can catch her latest letter to me at her blog, Long Story Short.
Authors receive a lot of advice. Unpublished authors receive even more advice. Some of it is genuinely helpful. Some of it is unbelievable nonsense. But I thought this particular piece of advice bordered on the slightly offensive.
As many here know, I am a self published writer. I chose self publishing when the book I had written didn’t fit any molds of traditional publishing. I had shopped the book around and found many editors with glowing remarks of: your writing is witty, your characters lovable, and your plot intriguing. But I can’t sell this.
A debut author I recently met told me she had been advised time and again to remove a certain element of her debut novel because it did not fit the mold of the traditional publishing platform of the particular genre she was writing in. She refused to remove it and her debut just released from Harlequin.
This raises the question: when do you dare to break the mold as a writer and when do you not?