Last Friday, I posted a roundup post with four writing, publishing and editing experts. I asked what they thought was the likelihood that literary fiction would successfully translate to the world of independent fiction. The post got a decent amount of retweets, which for a newer blogger like myself was pretty exciting. Of course, when you’re showcasing the founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors (Orna Ross) and a top crusader against vanity presses that like to manipulate authors with misleading marketing shpiels (David Gaughran), you’re bound to get some interest, no matter who you are.
Nevertheless, that post had some ripple effects and I grew involved in some follow-up Twitter exchanges with people who liked and retweeted links to the post. Since I’d clearly struck a nerve, I reached out in an act of market research to get their thoughts on literary fiction. Some flat-out said they think the genre, if you can call it that, is full of pretension. No new news there, as the saying goes.