I didn’t know this when I started writing category romance, but apparently there is some stigma out there against category romance authors and the books they write. These stories are viewed as “easy” and “a practice step that leads to bigger stories.” Because these books are shorter, generally 50,000-60,000 words, and have very specific guidelines, that must mean anyone can write them and there isn’t a whole lot of work involved. The publisher has basically spelled out the recipe in their guidelines. All you have to do is make a cake with those ingredients, right?
What a load of crap!
There is no way in hell writing category romance is easier to write than any other story. In fact, I find it harder because I have to keep within a certain guideline while covering all elements covered in a single title romance. Case in point, my current work in progress has a word maximum of 60,000 words, but I’m currently hovering about 60,500 and I’m only in the middle of the book for revisions. I will have to go through the book one last time after this round to cut what isn’t necessary or important to the storyline.
So why put myself through these strict guidelines when single title allows me to come in at whatever word count I choose? [Read more…]