I'm reaching the end of my short-story project, and I'm getting ready to sit down and write another book while I query for The Wyrm Fiend. (I'm considering resuming the query process for Defender of the Crown, too.) But I find myself wondering what I should do with my next novel. I have a few ideas, and let me throw them out at you.
YA or adult? I've heard it time and again: YA is hot right now. That's not why I write YA. I just love writing those books. I enjoyed reading Harry Potter, I'm loving Hunger Games, Paranormalcy really entertained me, and many other books in YA fill my bookshelves. That's an audience I genuinely want to write to. But is it over-saturated right now? There are a ton of aspiring authors who write to that audience. Many of the collaborative blogs that I run across also discuss YA. And at this point, I'm not having a lot of luck getting representation for my Young Adult titles.
I'm not going to give up, of course. I fully intend to sell my YA books at some point, but do I forge ahead with more titles, or establish a name for myself in a different market and then publish a YA book? (You know, kinda how James Patterson and John Grisham did it).
My other dilemma is the choice between genres. I don't want to write another urban fantasy, classic fantasy, or attempt paranormal fiction. Defender is almost a steampunk/magical story, and I really enjoy the steampunk stuff that I've read. So I'm considering a steampunk novel. The problem is, that genre is getting popular. Is it going to be over-saturated when I start to pitch it? I know, don't write to the audience, and that's not what I'm trying to do. I just don't want to throw something out into the world if it's going to be like every other book out there. I want to write something that's different from the "popular" books on the shelves.
So I am strongly considering the Flatiron City novels. After all, that's where my short story takes place, and I have a solid back-story for the setting, decent characters, and ideas for plots. I know sci-fi is a tough sale these days, but again, I'm not "writing to the market."
Any thoughts? What sounds the most intriguing to all of you out there?