With Bonded Beach out in the world, I’m starting to focus on the next book. The first draft is done, and I’m going to be feeling out for sensitivity readers for it soon – but first, the good and the bad.
Bad news first: Hanukkah Miracles will not be released until December. It’s a holiday-themed book (specially, Hanukkah), so waiting until then just makes sense. Plus that gives me plenty of time for editing and maybe setting up the marketing a little more thoroughly than I have recently. Two years ago, I was able to get slots for reviews and release notifications for my books with only about a month’s head start. Guess those days are over – a lot of places are now booked for their promotional activities six months in advance, which is why Bonded Beach hasn’t had much promotion going for it, poor book.
But this is good, especially for the good news: I plan to go wide with Hanukkah Miracles. In other words – it’s not going to be on just Amazon Kindle. I’m going to also release it on a few other platforms, too, and in multiple formats. I’m still looking into how best to do this, but I’m kind of excited about it. It does mean I won’t be able to submit the ebook into Kindle Unlimited, but it won’t be priced out of the market, either.
Why, you might ask, am I doing this? A couple of reasons. The first is that Hanukkah Miracles isn’t set in the Omegaverse. Yup, you read that right: no alphas or omegas, no heats or raging pheromones. (Raging hormones it will have aplenty, I assure you.) I don’t really have a concrete reason why, except that I was two or three chapters in when I realized, “Oh, wait, I forgot to talk about that part of it.” And then decided, “Eh! Whatever.” And kept on as I had begun.
And you know, I don’t think you’re going to miss it one bit. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Omegaverse, and I plan to keep on writing it. But it was a lot of fun to write without it, too.
I know there’s a theory that anytime an author changes genre, they should also use another pen name. (See Stephen King, see JK Rowling, see about half the romance authors out there, honestly.) And I get that, I truly do… but I’m not sure that’s the right move for me. For one thing, I’m not Stephen King or JK Rowling. I don’t have an incredible following for one specific thing. Also, I’m not shifting genres so drastically as they tend to do. I’m still writing M/M romance… just without the mpreg added in.
I’d also like to think the people who are reading my Omegaverse mpreg adventures are also out there reading regular m/m romance, too. Why change my name and make it more difficult for them to find me?
(And if I pick up any extra readers with a more generalized story… well. Maybe when they look at my back catalog, they’ll find a new genre they might enjoy.)