Sunday, August 22, 2010
Writing in a "Man's Genre"
With only a few exceptions, guy authors rule the roost when it comes to thrillers.
I know that I was encouraged to adopt initials rather than use a clearly feminine name on the front cover.
What is that about?
The sad fact is thought that guys, for the most part, will only read books by guys. Weird, right?
I mean, clearly this must be some kind of primordial/reptilian brain type thing because it certainly doesn't seem that any rationale and let's be clear, well-read man, who stands at the bookshelf and consciously think... Oh, that's is written by a woman... the lesser sex, clearly it will not be a good read.
Yet, that is exactly what happens in the marketplace.
What I find weird is, shouldn't guys find reading about death and sex written by a woman titillating? Shouldn't their reptilian brain go - chick= good?
Alas, that is not how it goes.
And above all else I am a realist.
While I choose to use my feminine name, that doesn't mean I can't put a set of sexy eyes on the cover. When creating my cover I looked at a lot of pictures and many were far more "Plain Jane," than the ones I choose.
Why? Um, I've got to have something to entice that reptilian brain :-)
How is it working? Well, my readership appears to be about 50/50 so either the male thriller reader has become more evolved and will to read a female (unknown) writer or the sexy eyes are doing their job :-)
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