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Why Indie Genre Fusion is Great for Readers! | Indie Books

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Part of my job includes the wondrous and thrilling world of the Kickstarter.

The shivery anticipation of a book launching into Reader Space. The sugary flurry of built-up initial interest as the backers and pledged dollars flip the number dials of your project, spinning up like a slot machine.

Did someone grab that award?

How many people have already backed us?

Doing a little (or big) happy dance when we hit each of our Stretch Goals.

It’s a blast.

It’s such an incredible and interactive way to release new books these days. And Kickstarter is thick with new book releases.

If you haven’t gone shopping for your next favorite book on Kickstarter, you are missing a treasure trove.

"That is why indie genre fusion, mixing and matching gernes, why authors breaking out of the traditional writing molds (prisons) is so incredibly, deliciously, excitingly good for readers."

Take A Chance On Me

I bring this up because we are about to launch a new Kickstarter in May – this is truly not a sales pitch but an example, I promise – and we (the team) were discussing the header. The big image that you see on all the Kickstarters. It’s the window in, the first hook to interest readers.

Our Kickstarter is indie genre fusion all the way down. Mixing fantasy, ghosts, superheroes, saving the world, good vs. evil, with a romance in it as well. Kinda sexy, too.

It’s actually what is now being called Romantasy, a new indie-created genre – that I talked about in my last blog here.

But on Kickstarter, we learned that romance isn’t a draw. Fantasy is. The ghosts and the paranormal and the superheroes-saving-the world bit in these books are what people are looking for on Kickstarter. Those are the readers that are really shopping Kickstarter right now. Not the romance readers.

So we will emphasize the fantasy part of the book. Let the readers know that is in there. The romance part will be obvious since there is a couple on the cover of each. But the most important thing the Kickstarter readers are looking for is the fantasy.

The rest is gravy.

And that is the glorious thing about mixing genres for readers.

All of these writers are writing stories that check so many readers’ boxes by mixing up the genres, having more than one in one (that totally makes sense…OK, to clarify more than one genre in one book) that more readers have more books to read.

Take this book series we are launching.

It is a fantasy series. It is a romance series. It is a superhero-saving-the-world adventure series.

So three major genres.

So three major groups of readers have a new series that they may really, really like.

And may become their next favorite book (series).

If it only had one genre…that’s just one group of readers.

And with three genres, not only does the series have more potential readers, how freaking fun does that sound? That is jam packing a story with a lot cool things.

And it’s new! It’s not your run of the mill, cookie-cutter baked thing just like the last. Not a Twilight spin-off #789,456,4z5,007,070,345 (That z is in there on purpose.)

You know it will we fresh and exciting and different.

And that is key. That means readers have so much more than they had before.

That is why indie genre fusion, mixing and matching gernes, why authors breaking out of the traditional writing molds (prisons) is so incredibly, deliciously, excitingly good for readers.

The End and the Beginning

Genre mixing, what it means, the good, the bad and the “that really worked?”

This 5 part blog series was a delight to write!

But worry not, dear fellows, I am not done. This is only the beginning of me helping you find your next favorite book!

So next we are diving into the how. How do you find these great indie authors?

Let’s look beyond the end caps of your grocery stores and the same names on your bookstore shelves, and explore how and where to find your next favorite book – indie style!

(You can dance if you want to.)

(I do.)

(I just did a little head bobbing boogie in my rolly chair, just cause.)

(You can, too.)

So see you next week when we go on an exploratory adventure in search of…

Your Next Favorite Book!

Stephanie Writt

Writer, instructor, graphic artist and all around lovely soul, with a generous sense of humor  (yes, I am totally writing this myself), takes delight in sharing her geeky knowledge and ridiculous joy in reading, writing and business. As the current Director of Operation at WMG Publishing Inc., she has the privilege and mischievous pleasure in writing this blog every week. 

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Cooties” by J. Steven York
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Chrome Bimbos” by Steve Perry
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“Salt” by T. Thorn Coyle
“Queen and Fool” by Dayle A. Dermatis
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A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Apocalypse Down Your Pants” by Robert T. Jeschonek
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