Friday, September 17, 2010


I was notified the other day that my new sci-fi manuscript is hitting a new trend. It seems that the idea of implants and human enhancement are big topics in new sci-fi novels. I thought the idea had been around for a while, but several blogs have indicated that it is now a hot topic.

This would not be the first time this has happened. I started writing a zombie novel in a time where they are starting to overtake vampires in popularity. I didn’t intend to do this, at least not for simple publication reasons; I have just been a fan for a long time.

The question of originality starts to surface when I hear about these trends. I feel like I have written ideas that on their own are original, but are still parts of long standing genres. At minimum, a new take on an old subject. I don’t want my work to be looked at as following sales trends, but so far I am two for two on manuscripts.

It also worries me, that with how fast this industry changes, that people may burn out on these topics before my books get a chance. I don’t want editors slapping a moratorium on zombie based novels simply because it was a fad running its course. I want them to read it and judge the story itself. I also worry that with the length of time it takes before a book gets published, that my novels could fall into obscurity if they did make it out into the world. If Zombies were no longer a hot topic, and my book were to fail, I wonder what sort of impact it would have on me as a writer.

Of course, there is always the option of self-publishing. I could have my book ready somewhat quickly, and avoid the long wait times. There is a pretty clear question of credibility and quality in self-publishing, but I will bridge that gap when I get there.

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