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Weekend Roundup: June 24-30


Tweet of the Day: History, Worldbuilding, and Bricolage

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Another week of posts? How time flies when you’re having fun. It has been an interesting (and hot, oh bloody hell was it hot) week. Kicked off with me diving into a new sub-genre (Science Fiction Romance) and ended with some high level thinking about feminist literary theory:

I would also like to welcome my new friends from the SFR Brigade  and give thanks for all their wonderful support.

Until then…..

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4 comments on “Weekend Roundup: June 24-30

  1. I’ll be interested in your ongoing comments about scifi romances. It straddles two genres that can be polar opposites in readership. Geeks and romance lovers.

    One likes the closed door and the other hates the tech speak.

    I think there is a market there, but publishers are still clueless how to tap into it. Just consider the number of posts in the Dragon Age forums about Fenris, or conversely the rough treatment players got who romanced Thane in Mass Effect 2.

    RPG writers can see the demand for romance in their story lines, but still haven’t worked out how to do it well.

    These people are the market that scifi rom writers need to access, but perhaps their needs are being totally met by the games themselves or fan fiction associated with the games.

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    • Two things, which may go against the grain of what I seen so far on the SFR front. First it is a question of balance. Many sci-fi stories have romantic elements, just look at Star Wars, but they are part of the story, not the central element. Second, covers. I seen a lot of covers with shirtless men on them. This screams “ROMANCE” which will be a turn off for anyone looking for science fiction. Strike the right balance and you have a cross genre hit. Tilt to one side or the other and you fall inside a niche.

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  2. The problem lies with the publishers. Linnea Sinclair is a good example. Initially her books had covers that implied action or science, then her publishers changed them all to soft romantic ones. I believe her sales suffered.

    In Isolation, my publisher would have preferred a lot more sex. They definitely didn’t want closed door sex. Because sex sells …. to their loyal readership base. That’s the problem.

    In the NY market, the same expectations apply but in their case it’s more romance slewed.

    Now here is where I beg to differ with you. As far as I can see, a 50:50 split doesn’t work. The book needs to fall onto one side or the other. 75% Romance in a 25% scifi setting or Scifi with 75% world building and action and a touch of romance (usually closed door).

    If you can find me a publisher with a decent readership base that will accept 50:50 I’ll be interested. I’d even be interested in hearing of books that manage this even split seamlessly.

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    • I don’t know about the split. I can’t say I’ve written something with that in mind. I have written stories with romance as a key plot point, one that at least serves as a powerful motivation for the plot/characters. As for the sex, I tend to avoid graphic depictions of sex, if only because: a) I don’t write erotica and b) I find it distracting from the work. Sex is there and my characters don’t shy away from the subject but that is as far as I go, unless, as I did recently, kicked off an unfinished project with a sex scene but that had an ulterior motive and was not designed to titillate in the least.

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