Settle down, boys, girls, and other. This is not a confession post. 🙂 This was a search term used to find my blog, and I admit it gave me pause. Then I laughed. I wondered about the person who typed that in the search field. Were they investigating a rumor? Trying to confirm something someone told them? And why would it matter? It seems some people still can’t get past the genital thing. Weird.
Search terms are fun to read. For the longest time, “porn cake” showed up in the strings. Why anyone would search on that particular phrase beats me, but it led them to my blog because one day I posted this pic:
What did they think when they got here? And why were they looking? Was someone’s birthday coming up, and they wanted to cook up a special surprise?
But here’s the real surprise: that first search term showed up almost exactly the same time I was deciding to make a change in my writing career, and yes, it involves me becoming female, or at least writing under a woman’s pen name. So was this in the ether and being picked up subconsciously?
If the success of an author can be measured in sales, and therefore royalties, then it’s eluded me as an m/m writer. I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m not making any money writing what I love, and I’ve had to do some hard thinking about it.
The money’s in het, no doubt about it. Think about it. If LGBT makes up ten percent of the population, that means the straights outnumber us nine to one. That’s a far larger market of readers than those who buy m/m, and I want a bigger slice of that pie. I have needs, as the saying goes, and what I’m earning in m/m only pays a couple of utility bills a month.
So after the wolf book–which still needs a name, damn it–I’m going to write something for the het market. I’ve already started plotting it out, and guess what? The MC is female, but her trusted companion is gay. 😉 It seems I can’t go far from what I love, but as someone recently told me, “It’s okay to have a gay best friend in het books. They just can’t be the main character.”
After writing Transgression, which made me unbelievably nervous, I figure I’m ready to tackle a straight female in a book. Just don’t expect on-page het sex. I don’t think I’m up to to tackling that yet.