GRNW is coming up fast. I enjoyed my time in Seattle last year so much I canâ€™t wait! Iâ€™ll be taking part in a panel about romance over 40. It seems to me that in most popular fiction, protagonists hover around the perpetual-29 mark, as if that age is young enough to keep from turning off younger readers but old enough for an older reader to engage with. A world where everyoneâ€™s 29 leaves me flat, and Iâ€™m all for skewing older. I consider my target audience to be in its 40â€™s or 50â€™s (and up). Plus, I like exploring a protagonist with some baggage.
Iâ€™m also participating in a panel about self-publishing vs. going with a publisher. Many people anticipate that I think publishers are unnecessary since Iâ€™ve been self-publishing since 2007, but I think itâ€™s worth trying both avenues and seeing what works for you. It will be interesting to see how much interest there is in publishing at the meet-up. Nowadays it seems like the step between consuming content and creating content is more surmountable than ever before.
Iâ€™d love to hear your questions and comments about older characters, and Iâ€™d love your feedback either as a reader or writer on traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. Reply to this newsletter or find me on Facebook or Twitter. Your input may give us something to discuss at GRNW, or provide inspiration for future newsletters!
Q: When will more PsyCop be out in Audio?
A: Gomez is shooting some real TV at the moment, then GhosTV is the next audio on his to-do list. I'd guesstimate the project should be finished by mid-October :-)