Writing outside the Box ~ Outside the Margins with JP Barnaby

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As authors, especially established authors with a few titles under our belts, we sometimes write ourselves into a box. JP Barnaby writes books about boys who are struggling. She writes angst. She writes about porn stars. But what if JP Barnaby wanted to write Sci-Fi? Vampires? Mysteries? Thrillers? That’s not my branding. Branding is the little box we write ourselves into.

Now, I have written on the edges of that box in the Butt anthology books – like shifters in Butt Riders on the Range, or comedy in Butt Ninjas from Hell. But to sit down and write an epic Sci-Fi? The people who love Aaron would be looking for more of Aaron and disappointed by a Sci-Fi book. Anyone who started with the Sci-Fi book would be looking for more of the same and view my backlist with skepticism.

So, what’s a girl to do?

There are two trains of school on this thought – we’ll call them the Amy Lane train (no I didn’t do that on purpose), and the Nora Roberts/JD Robb train. Amy Lane writes pretty much everything under one penname – from Solid Core of Alpha to Beneath the Stain. One of her brands is the flexibility that she can stretch herself to write in different genres. From basketball players to urban fantasy. Nora Roberts, on the other hand, has a strong romance brand. When you think of mainstream het romance, you think Nora Roberts. JD Robb on the other hand writes police procedurals set in the near future – not exactly romance. To separate each of those brands, she chose a separate penname.

Which approach works best? I think that depends on the author, the disparity of the writing material, and time. It takes time and energy to cultivate a brand – to manage multiple brands for different genre fiction types is exhausting. In our genre, to be successful, you need to have consistent releases. General rule of thumb is quarterly. Imagine having to keep that up for multiple pennames. That’s eight books a year—one every forty-five days. That’s a lot to ask any author, and a schedule I couldn’t maintain with my day job.

So, what will JP do if she decides to write something off the beaten path of angsty romance?

Only time will tell. J

~JP Barnaby


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About JP Barnaby

Award winning romance novelist, J. P. Barnaby has penned over a dozen books including the Working Boys series, the Little Boy Lost series, In the Absence of Monsters, and Aaron. As a bisexual woman, J.P. is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted, and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica, which is, of course, far more interesting. The spare time that she carves out between her career and her novels is spent reading about the concept of love, which, like some of her characters, she has never quite figured out for herself.
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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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One thought on “Writing outside the Box ~ Outside the Margins with JP Barnaby

  1. All I saw was sci-fi sci-fi sci-fi sci-fi sci-fi sci-fi … you get the gist. Sci-fi!!!!! 😀
    As usual, excellent insightful post. \m/

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