Sorry in advance for the super long post. Just read the first paragraph, look at the picture and the bullet points then skip to the end if you don’t feel like reading my rambling!
Okay, so I first published this story maybe 6 weeks ago? And I originally put it in the Romance category because that’s a pretty big theme in the story and the Mystery element only really comes later. I kind of wanted to market it as a romance to make the mystery more… well, mysterious. But I don’t really know if this is working out for me. I’m worried about attracting the wrong readership and, more importantly, not attracting the right readership. For example, someone searching for a pretty simple high school romance as my story might seem on first glance, might then not be interested and stop reading once they hit the mystery element. And people who would be super interested in this element may not originally decide to check out my story, thinking that it’s just a romance.
I had this concern a while ago and changed my description. Here’s the original and the revised:
Original: Violet gave up a life of petty crime and way too much black leather over a year ago. New bad boy Carter can’t seem to resist trying to uncover her dark past. Is she truly reformed?
Revised: Reformed bad girl falls for bad boy who reminds her of her past - cliché, right? But what if Violet isn’t truly reformed? What if she’s secretly still badder than Carter ever was?
Here’s my cover. As you can see, it doesn’t really look like a romance from the cover. Don’t know if you can tell (please let me know if you can’t) but both of those girls are Violet - one in the current day, one in the past.
I would say once you hit Episode 12 it’s 50/50 romance/mystery and I wish writers could categorise their stories as more than one genre on Episode but we can’t. So I need to decide on one.
Another factor that’s influencing me currently… how much more difficult it is to really get your story noticed in the romance category. This is all starting to sound really shallow - like I’m in it just for the readers? But I think it’s normal to want your story to reach people, especially the people you feel it’s meant for.
A bit more background info without giving too much away:
The mystery/action element kind of begins with flashbacks to Violet’s past self… y’know guns 'n stuff. And also mysterious phone calls in the present day which indicate that something more than a romance is going on in this story.
The meaning and significance of all this is then revealed in Episode 12 and from then on, the story follows a very different path. The romance is more a side effect of the main plot, as in they compliment each other. But Violet and her story aren’t driven by her romance with Carter, they’re driven by this other mysterious element.
So I’m gonna set up a poll, but I’d also be really interested in anyone’s reasoning or thoughts on the story in general so feel free to comment below. Feel free to check the story out (I feel it would be a wasted opportunity if I didn’t just slip the link in here: Reformed )
Thank you! Xx