Why no romance?

Miss Snark,

Why don't you rep romance?

It seems to me that it would be a very lucrative venture.

Just curious.

A writer

Cause I don't read it, and I don't appreciate it in a way that makes me a good advocate for authors.


also said...

This, I understand. I write genre, mostly short fiction. The one member of our writer's group who does not read genre can't seem to make logical comments. She doesn't 'get' science fiction or fantasy. All she cares about is how the characters are feeling while I need only a little bit of that. Even so, because of her I am putting in a touch more about how my characters feel, and I've noticed my writer group friend has been attempting to put in a little more action. But the comments and suggestions from the other two members are more helpful, because they read and appreciate genre.

Anonymous said...

Science-Fiction and Fantasy aren't the only genres out there. EVERY book has a genre. So, it really makes little sense to call what you write genre fiction. Unless you write something that falls outside all known genres, it's going to be one genre or another... What about detective fiction, chick lit, horror, thriller, etc...

Anonymous said...

Good answer from Miss Snark. An agent who knows nothing about romance wouldn't make much money from it anyway because he wouldn't know who was looking for what and what was doing well. And romance is only relatively lucrative. Some romances make mega-bucks, it's true, but there's also a boatload of small books that make small money. Best to find an agent knowledgeable about your genre rather than expect an agent to pick up a genre she knows little about because it "makes money."

Writerious said...

I think we've all dealt at some point with someone asking, "Why are you doing [this career choice]? Why aren't you doing [that career choice] instead?"

My grandmother couldn't understand why I wanted to go to college and study science. She thought I should go to secretarial school and get a good job. Of course in her day, being a secretary was just about the pinnacle of a woman's career choices, so it made perfect sense for her (she herself had been a stenographer and a telephone operator). But I had no interest in typing other people's letters, so it made no sense for me.

Julie Leto said...

Writerious, your anecdote reminds me of my own grandfather, who owned a business he handed down to my father, and subsequently, to my three brothers. He'd always say to me, "you can be the secretary." I never resented this--I always understood that his generation had limitations in terms of what they thought women could do.

I became a teacher and wrote in my spare time. Eventually, I realized that teaching took every ounce of my emotional energy. So I retired. I became my father's secretary. I sold my first book within months of taking what turned out to be the most fun job I'd ever had. Now, I write full time, but I get a kick out of realizing that my grandfather's prophecy eventually led to me attaining my biggest dream.

Smart man.

Kim said...

Dear Ms Snark,

I have recently wrote a fiction romance novel. Even though I know you don't take on this sort of project, I just know you'll love this -

Just kidding.

But you will never be my agent

and that makes me sad...

Still, I'd rather have one who loves and reads the genre,since they'd be in the position to sell an editor on it. Which is kinda the whole point, eh?

And that doesn't make me sad :)

writtenwyrdd said...

I am inclined to want Miss Snark for an agent, too, just cuz I love her snarkiness, but she doesn't do SFF either, boo hoo for me. Besides, we'd have to figure out who she is, first. I'm too busy writing for that.