It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
This week's question:
How far would you go to be published?
OOOH, good question.
This is really one of those THAT DEPENDS sort of situations.
Would I make changes for an editor?
Well, some things, yeah, I'll change. I'll even change some pretty major things. Hell, I'll change a lot of things. I'm of the mindset that editors know what the heck they are talking about, you know? They know what works, they know what sells, and I will take a lot of suggestions to make my ms the best it can be, even if it is not a direction I thought I would go. But some things in my ms are sacred. I won't make my MC Chelsea NOT Korean, for example. I won't make a gay character NOT gay. There are aspects that are not negotiable.
Would I write to a trend?
I'm not going to automatically say no to this. It depends on what the trend is, and if it is something I might have an interest in or want to explore anyway. Will I write something I dislike or have no interest in just because it's trendy? No. (If football books became the next big thing, for example, I don't see myself ever hopping on board.) But will I write something trendy that might also challenge me or be interesting even though it's not my usual thing? Yeah, maybe.
Would I switch to a well-selling genre?
Eh. If I fiddled around with a trend and found I liked it, sure, why not. I don't think I could ever give up contemp, but who knows, maybe there is a paranormal writer hiding within me, waiting to jump out and eat a human. I have no idea. I've never tried to write anything else, so I have no clue if it's something I would like. Maybe exploring it would end up being cool, and then I could get a six-figure advance and a movie deal and boatloads of cash. It's amazing how interesting boatloads of cash can make something look.
The thing is, I like writing. And while I think I have a creative spirit, I'm not all "Oh, I am an ar-teest." I get that publishing is a business and there is some element of "playing the game" that has to be done if you want to be successful at it. And I'm truly okay with that. I'm not going to churn out crap with my name on it to make a quick buck (maybe I'll use a pen name for that...heh), I'm not going to compromise or sacrifice the things I think are important (having a more diverse cast of characters), and I'm not going to do anything I truly hate. But let's be real here, I'm not the "suffer for my art" type.
What about you? How far would you go to be published?