With this trend in mind, I am contemplating something radical. You see, I write very specific types of fantasy. Basically, it has a
- Male protagonist
- Main relationship (if one exists) is with a friend, family member, or colleague/comrade-in-arms, not a romantic/sexual partner
- Minimal or non-existent romance/sex (in other words, romance/sex does not drive the plot, major or minor plot threads, or subplot; though, of course, it can be there as window dressing)
- Weird worldbuilding (mine are in secondary worlds)
So if that type of subgenre isn't radical enough, my move is. I'm considering selling for free my own ebooks that fit this type. Why? To pioneer a movement, so I don't have to just write something to get my kicks. I'm not sure how I will do this yet. I do like the idea of a payment in recommendations--meaning, if the reader knows other works that come close to fitting this type, he or she simply has to leave the recommendation. Then I'll get that book and do my best plug the hell out of it on my blogs. In this case, I hope I would get enough affiliate sales to meet my costs or I would have to cover both costs through print versions. Maybe both.
Anyway, that is what I am considering. Making it for the genre. I'm not sure yet if I will go this way, but feel free to weigh in.