Should you adapt? Do you have a choice?

Let’s imagine that you’ve always written teen mysteries. You’ve never experimented with any other genre. But suddenly you find that the market for teens has changed. Now they prefer Young Adult novels instead. What can you do? Should you try something new? Should you look for a new career? Before you make a rash decision, here are some things to consider:

  •  You might decide to write for children because they love adventure, humor and mystery. Do some research to find out what kinds of children’s books are successful. Don’t read only one or two and decide you’ll be bored stiff with it.
  • What if you’ve already submitted a teen mystery to an editor? Are you going to pitch a tent at the mail box waiting for the response to arrive? Rather than that, why not start a new, exciting project?  keep busy revising your new project.This way, you can focus on something positive, instead of moping around, staring at the mailbox.
  • Keep writing, keep submitting-It’s important to remember that you’re an author. It’s your passion. You are content and joyful when you are creating something new.
  • Remember this important advice: I recently had a disappointment, related to my writing career. I allowed myself a few minutes feel sad. But then I remembered advice my dad always gave me when something unfortunate happened. He said, “No matter who you are or what you do, not everyone is going to like it.” When you receive news that is less than what you desire, remember it’s only one person’s opinion. Try to let the negative comments slide off, instead of ruining your day.

11 thoughts on “Should you adapt? Do you have a choice?

  1. That’s wonderful advice deanie! Sometimes for me, especially now, it’s easier said than done (stroke affected frontal lobe, makes me a bit more emotional sometimes. Working on that too.) 😦 I have all sorts of stories in different genres scattered around in my notebooks, my computer, and in my online journals. 🙂 My thing has always been about getting past the fear of rejection…you’ll see that later today in my post for the IWSG. 🙂 Lily.

  2. Thank you, Lily, So happy you came by to read my blog. I have a post on rejection already on my blog here and on the one at I hope it helps if you read it.
    Have a great day!

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