Cyberpunk, Dreampunk, LitRPG, and MARKET APPEAL!
I'm not near as avid a fiction reader as many people in the serial world. So, I wanted to spark a discussion. In the sense I'm meaning, genres help index fiction by categories for easier decisions on the reader's part. Only, if you don't have down pat what the major draws are to a particular market group, your label may not matter. As well, you may not apply to a given niche audience.
Some of the most successful works have been novel and so hit on a new territory but within a popular genre. Now there's more in the vein of them, trying to be a place for fans of the former to land. They were all undiscovered twists which found untapped interest when they gained traction. BDSM romance, Modern Supernatural Romance, Antihero Superheroes. Originality is a big deal.
I'm coming up to my next project in the next three or so months, with my last having been difficult to condense and categorize. I need to work on an elevator pitch and I want to know my market this time. Assuming some amount of originality, my question is, why did you go with what you did for your serial, beyond a creative impulse? What is your opinion on opting for marketability?
A big element in my story is going to be brain-computer interfaces and the consequences on psychology and the senses. But! I've seen like a lot of people the interest there is in LitRPG. As such, it's not far out of my way to incorporate that. I'm interested in the genre, but I won't say the reader base isn't a big factor.
How much does reader interest factor into the genre you choose or is it only your own creative interest?
I'm not eager (or expecting) to make money, but I don't like doing things halfway and I like professionalism. Anything else you consider a 'must-do' is welcome advice. Things like minimum post size and frequency. I'm planning a 1k most days schedule.
Maybe you think some writers are creative sellouts? You have strong feelings about LitRPG or common serial trends? Opinions? Let me know.
Scifan speculative fiction about a fundamental question.