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January 4, 2010

It’s A Whole New Year!

Filed under: Uncategorized — carlacassidy @ 8:24 pm

The tinsel and ornaments have been packed away and I have a fistful of resolutions to addresss, one which will be to post here at least once a week!

I’m flying into the new year with my creative juices flowing.  I have a vampire book making the rounds, I’m working on a new big romantic suspense that has me excited and I even have a womens fiction book rolling around in the back of my mind. 

Here’s the rub…I think we’re on the backend of the vampire craze.  I’ve been told by dozens of sources the romantic suspense market is soft and womens fiction books have been dead in the water for a number of years.   It’s enough to make a grown woman cry!

Fortunately, I’m an optimist and even though I listen and read to learn about market trends and what’s hot and what’s not, I still have the belief that a good book will find a home no matter what the genre.  Delusional much?  Probably, but what’s a writer to do other than write the stories that speak to them, focus on the book and not the business and hope that the stars align for something magical. 

It’s easy to listen to the publishing news and get discouraged.  The news for the past year or so hasn’t been great.  Bookstores closing, mid-list authors being let go, downsizing and distribution issues abound.   But, I believe in possibilities and so as a writer, I intend to write and hope.

I hope everyone can careen into this new year with hope in their hearts and the energy to get books finished.

Take care!



  1. It’s always when I say the hell with what everyone in the publishing world says they want and write a book that I am dying to write that I have the most success. So you go girl!

    Comment by Katy Madison — January 4, 2010 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

  2. I finally figured out after many years of false starts with stories that might be “market friendly” that if I’m not writing the story that I’m in love with at the moment, I tend to drive myself crazy trying to focus on projects that never really go anywhere because they just don’t speak to me. If I bothered with a New Year’s resolution, it would be not to drive myself crazy!

    Comment by Paris Brandon — January 4, 2010 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  3. Carla,

    You have to write what’s in your heart. I found that out a few years ago. Don’t pay attention to the trends or the naysayers.

    Comment by Sandy — January 5, 2010 @ 1:04 am | Reply

  4. So, they’re saying Angels are the new big thing…got any Angel stories rolling around up there in your head? Oooh…or Angel Vampires. (Can you be an Angel and a Vampire? Hmmmm…..)

    You know I’m kidding. I agree with you and others…write the story you are meant to tell in this moment. Even if it doesn’t sell right now, markets change and it will sell later. You’re too good of storyteller for it not to.

    I like your point, Carla. Believe in the possibilities. I’ll have to put it on my goal board.

    Have a great year.

    Comment by Heather Snow — January 5, 2010 @ 1:50 am | Reply

  5. Carla,
    Write whatever your head and heart tell you to write. Readers seem to want more variety now, and as long as you’re a great writer (and YOU are!) readers will devour your books! So, write angels, vampires, other world, fantasies, suspense, whatever…just keep writing!
    Happy New Year and may you double your book sales!

    Comment by Marianne Stephens — January 5, 2010 @ 6:05 am | Reply

  6. So….if Vampires, Romantic Suspense, AND women’s fiction are going out of style, then what exactly is IN style these days? I’ve just gotten into reading paranormals and romantic suspense. Geesh. I can’t keep up. Ergo, I’m going to have to side with you. “A good book will find a home.” There, now we can all be delusional together!

    Comment by Linda Kage — January 5, 2010 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

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