I visited the new BAM store yesterday but I'm not going to let my first visit form my opinion. I know they were in a hurry to open for black Friday so I'll give them a break. It was chaos. I can't say even one part of the store was organized except perhaps for the magazine displays. So I gathered up a few writing magazines and headed to the cafe to enjoy a cold drink and skim through some articles while I waited for my silly daughter to finish fighting the shopping crowds in the surrounding stores.
The cafe workers, three of them, had no clue what was going on. There were no price lists on the wall but I didn't hold that against them. But between the three of them, they didn't know how to make an ice coffee. I would have settled for a regular coffee but I had gone running about an hour before I left the house and I needed something cold with ice. So I ended up buying an overpriced drink from their cooler.
I'll visit them again next week and see how the store is shaping up.
But I did read an interesting article about mistakes writers make that will hold back their efforts to get published. One I read with interest was the advice to not write only what is currently hot in the market. Not long ago, vampires were everywhere, every new book, all of them competing with the few authors who had made it big with their series about big-hearted vampires. Now we have an influx of zombie books and movies. What will it be tomorrow? Who knows. It's better to write the story you want and have passion for than to try to write something copying today's flash fashion.
I love epic fantasy with lots of swords and some sorcery. But even with the popularity of the LOTR rings movies and the HBO series of Game of Thrones, it's not an easy genre to sell and only a few authors are making it big time in this niche market. But I will continue to write what I love and feel comfortable doing. I'm not going to add vampires or zombies to my world of magic, men with swords and elves.
Do you agree about writing what you're passionate about or do you believe you need to get in on the current trends? Do you feel your particular genre or field of interest is booming or bust in the current market?