One of the reasons I love NaNoWriMo? Threads like this one on weird fantasy. It gives me hope I am not alone. In my off time, I have been studying some of the popular and best selling lists of fantasy on Amazon. Except for a few big names like Dean Koontz, Terry Brooks, and G. R. R. Martin, it is almost all urban fantasy or paranormal romance. It's to the point that if I ran across anyone wanting suggestions on getting their fantasy published, by commercial publishes or through self-publishing, I'd almost suggest just write urban fantasy or paranormal romance to have a chance at sales--unless one possesses excellent marketing skills and ability to reach a niche. For it's to the point that I believe the future of fantasy is urban fantasy and paranormal fantasy and the secondary world fantasy will be niche. Even then, I predict the secondary world fantasy that will sell best will be those that minimize the otherworldliness of the fantasy and maximize the universal, the romance.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I've slowly been working on creating a faux Regency (it has dashes of Victorian in it) fantasy world, in which I can play with some Lovecraftian weird fiction. I will use this universe for my NaNo. My goal is to make a short novel for NaNo. No full ideas yet, but I'll get there this week. My name on NaNo is cuccocc.