In relation to my career as an author, I want to give some insight to the title of this blog, Superman Disposition.
First let me start by saying that there is a difference between ‘writer’ and ‘author’. A writer has not yet been published, but an author has. This means publication in any form, not just books.
So, genre writing – what is it? Genre writing is writing to a specific theme, context, historical era, or character preset. For example; fantasy, western, vampire, sci fi – those are all genres. Genre writers are the writers that write in only one genre. All their books would be about sci fi, or all their books would be about fantasy, etc. Literary writers are that small percentage of writers who will cross genres. Genre writing is generally mainstream, and extremely marketable, because the demographic is easy to target. The writers know what their respective demographics are interested in, and can direct their techniques to specific groups of people. Literary writing is a lot more challenging to market. Since the genre, themes, settings, and character presets are always changing, it’s hard to know exactly what demographic will be interested in a work at what specific time. That’s the bare bones of it, and I won’t go into too much detail because there are extensive resources out there to read up on the subjects if it interests you. Actual blogs by authors on the subject are the most fun.
It would be interesting to have a percentage of genre vs literary writers, but such a thing does not exist. If I were to guess, I would say the percentage is somewhere along the lines of 85% vs 15% respectively.
I am a literary writer. Even my most mainstream work, THE REALITY FILTER, can not be put into a specific genre in its own, because it is not simply a ‘murder mystery’. It is not simply a ‘thriller’. It is not simply a ‘psychological drama’. It is all of those things, and does not follow the rules and guidelines of any of those genres.
The other main point that makes me a literary writer is the fact that to date I have written or am in the process of writing 12 novels, and none of them are the same genre from the one before. I am a special case, and I have not yet heard of another author who does this. There are pros and cons to this approach to a writing career, the most obvious one being the marketing aspect. When marketing a book, I am essentially starting over in the process with each new publication. One demographic may have liked one book, but the next one that comes out, they may not. Then I have to go out in search of a new demographic that does like the new book. There is also the question of keeping the previous demographic interested, therefore my name must be the brand that they want to buy, no matter what I write. The pro side is, after I have say, 3 books out, I have 3 times the size demographic than a genre writer with 3 books. The genre writer is selling to only one targeted demographic, but I am selling to 3 different ones.
In short (really that was quite long), Superman Disposition is titled as such because I have taken on the challenge of multiple identities in my career, and they are ever-changing. Just like Superman – mild mannered reporter by day, crime fighting superhero by night.