Maybe the Past Has a Future

21 Oct

I write mostly light paranormal these days. Which is fine. But what I like most is writing historical fiction. For which there is, unfortunately, no market in YA right now. The editors are persuaded, and they may well be right, that today’s kids are not interested in stories about the past. At least not enough to buy them in large quantities such as publishers love to sell.

But this is only a fashion, and fashions change. All that it will take is for one historical novel to become popular, and the new trend will be forward to the past.

Which is why I’m hopeful about online publishing. The economics of the new world of electrobooks make the risk of publishing stories set in the past viable again, and I am going to be testing them. I have a completed story about the Spanish-American War, another about a cross-country trip by car before there were roads (Which is also the old-time movie story) and a pirate yarn about the illegitimate children of Mary Read and Anne Bonney sitting unfinished on my computer. No one wants them. Which is to say, no one in New York wants them. But historical does well in adult and children’s writing, and who knows? One of my books may be the one to make the same true in YA. Anyway, it’s worth a shot.

2 Responses to “Maybe the Past Has a Future”

  1. Beverly October 22, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    Good luck to you. I hope you’re successful with your historical novels. Ebooks may be the answer. My YA Civil War novel, Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, has been selling pretty good on the Kindle, not great, but better than the paperback, I think. We can always hope. đŸ™‚

    • douglasrees October 22, 2011 at 3:16 am #

      Thanks for the encouragement. Good luck with C,C & C.

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