I think just about everybody knows what of Yin and Yang. They were two guys who walked into a bar... Just kidding.
Yin yang is the Chinese concept of opposites being interconnected. I was thinking about that today in relationship to writing. I write in several different genres, most often horror and humor. I wouldn't say that horror and humor are opposites because I see how they intersect. But my eclectic tastes as a writer has left me wondering, should I split into multiple identities-- one that writes only horror, one that only writes science fiction, you get the point-- so I won't confuse people?
Conventional logic says, yes, it's a way to lose readers. I wonder how solid this logic is? Publishers have long been deciding what will and won't sell. ( Read last week's round up over on Nathan Bransford's blog to get a better grasp on all the hullabaloo.)
I've decided that answer is no. In part because I feel that, for me at least, there's more of a continuum than division going on. The other thing is and think this is really important. Authors should trust readers make their own choices. To me it's that simple.
Sure I've read books I didn't particularly like by authors I adore. And I continue to devour their books. Why? Because for the most part, I like what they write.
So my next project(s) are a bit of an experiment. ( I always have multiple projects going on, so this too is a continuum.) I'm going to release two collections of short stories. One will be a collection of literary fiction. The other is a collection of horror and humor. I don't know if I'll release them together-- probably not. There's a lot that goes into prepping something for publication. But the releases will be close together. Sink or swim, this is just what I'm gonna do.