Stop trying to make fetch happen, Jen.
Okay but really, this post was supposed to be about trends– specifically writing to trends. So you can see where I veered off a little because I believe that one should always seize the opportunity to work in a Mean Girls quote where one can.
Ahem. But moving on.
So a couple of things happened recently that brought this topic to mind for me as a blog post.
The first that I’ll mention is the #MSWL or Manuscript Wishlist Twitter tag. Because a few writers that I saw in the tag were trying to jump on writing things that the agents and editors tweeting requested. If they were simply inspired, nbd, writers, do yo thang. But if they’re specifically trying to address a trend, we’ve got a problem.
And that brings me to the next “thing that happened,” wherein I interviewed a few authors, Leigh Bardugo among them, and she said THIS:
The worst advice I ever heard given was to look at the market and try to find out what it wants. Essentially, to watch trends and then write to the trends. That is the best possible way to end up with a book that won’t sell. Because anything that’s happening– that’s on the shelves– by the time you finish that book, it will be over.