October 13, 2013 by Ifeoma Dennis
So this week, first there was this article on Publishers Weekly that made the rounds on Twitter, followed by agents on Twitter tweeting about the Frankfurt Book Fair and how publishers want more contemporary, more middle-grade, more (realistic) thrillers and less fantasy.
First time I heard all of these, my heart went OMGOMGOMGOMG I have to finish my book fast! before fantasy becomes a dead genre, and history repeats itself.
History being my First Real Novel. It was a dystopian which took me the whole of three years to write- from 2009 to 2012. I wrote up to midpoint in 2009 and left it unattended for the most part until 2012. And by then, the trend was already gone and I’d missed out.
In retrospect though, I’m glad it wasn’t my The One novel (which I hope TSoTT would be). I read First Real Novel now and cringe at some parts (Ah, I like to think my writing has matured in the past year ;))
So back to my present WIP and trends.
It’s fantasy and it’s a thriller. But it’s first fantasy before the thriller part. So I have to hurry up, no? Because who knows if fantasy would be dead by this time next year?
I hope not.
But again, even though I’m perfectly capable of whipping out 70K in a month, I can’t rush this WIP of mine. For one, I have school for roughly 10 months in a year and have to make the best of every spare time in between. And second, even in those spare times, now that my first draft is done, I don’t want to rush my second draft.
I want to take my time and make sure the story structure is solid, the dialogue is tight, the prose itself is well-thought out. I want to be proud of TSoTT. I so want to give it my best.
By the way, in case you missed it, I changed the title from DoT to TSoTT this past week!
So that’s it! I hope the day TSoTT is ready, it’d be good enough to convince an agent to take a chance on it, trends or not.
In other news, I’m reading Brandon Sanderson’s newly-released Steelheart which is dystopian (a genre said to be dead) and it absolutely rocks. Which goes to show a good book would still rock, trends or not.