The Debs are pleased to present the lovely and talented Caridad Pineiro, who is on tour for her smart, spicy new novel SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN, out this month. We’re delighted to have her as our guest.
First of all, thanks to all the wonderful Debs for letting me visit with them and you. I truly appreciate being able to share some insights with you and celebrate the release of my new novel, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN.
I had to think for awhile about some of the things that I learned the hard way when it came to the publishing world. Why? The publishing world was so different from anything I had ever expected when I set out to not just to write my first novel, but to try and have it published.
But after nearly six years and three manuscripts, I did manage to do just that — sell my first book and have it published. Two years after that, I learned the hard way why the old adage about not putting all your eggs in one basket is still a valid one.
I sold my first book to a publisher who was releasing not only the country’s first Latina line, but the first ever bilingual line since the original novels were released in both English and Spanish in one edition.
The line consisted of contemporary romances, not much different from those novels you would have found in Harlequin’s Blaze or American Romance line except for one thing – the novels featured Latino protagonists.
It was a grand and wonderful experiment. A real risk for the publisher and unfortunately, one that couldn’t quite get off the ground. The line folded after two years and I found myself wondering, “What do I do now?”
I learned the hard way that I should have been tending those eggs — my novels — and thinking about where I could place them besides with this one publisher and one line. The publisher took a big risk and as a writer, so did I.
I also realized that while I loved writing contemporary romances, I needed more to challenge me was a writer. That I needed to experiment not just with longer novels, but with different genres.
Why different genres? Again, that whole putting my eggs in one basket. The popularity of genres fluctuates regularly and while good writing keeps you at the top of your genre, those changes in the marketplace may be so drastic that despite awesome writing, the numbers for your books may not be high enough for you to make another sale in that genre.
I also discovered — the easy way this time — that working in a number of different genres helped keep my writing fresh and constantly challenged me to grow as a writer. It also helped me avoid the pitfalls of becoming dependent on certain “writing crutches” as a way of propping up sagging middles and plots that just weren’t progressing the way I had planned.
Do readers follow me from genre to genre? That’s a question I’m asked often and the answer is that they do. They love going from my dark paranormals to my action-packed romantic suspense to my humorous and edgy women’s fiction because while all have my writing voice and special style, they all have very unique elements due to the demands of the different genres.
I hope this insight has helped you and thanks again for letting me drop by to blog with you.