Mixing Genres Works in the Indie Publishing World

Indie — or independent — publishing offers authors the opportunity to write in different genres successfully and concurrently.


In traditional publishing, a writer is pigeon-holed to a specific genre. For example, Stephen King writes horror stories. If he wanted to, King’s publishers would not allow him to write romance novels under the Stephen King brand name.

Conversely, the independently published author can do as she or he pleases. Indie author Cindy McDonald is an example.

For the past twenty years, Cindy has helped her husband raise, train, and race Thoroughbreds at their forty-five acre farm known as Fly-By-Night Stables near Pittsburgh. During those years, Cindy has paid close attention to the characters that hang-out at the back-side of the track. She found the situations and lifestyle most intriguing. In 2005, she sat down at her computer and began a journey into writing about this life that few understand.

She decided to write “The Unbridled Series.” The first book in the series is Deadly.com, a murder mystery. However, the second book in the series took a hard right turn: Hot Coco is a comedy adventure, although still set in the world of Thoroughbred horses.

McDonald is writing book three of the series. In it, she combines two genres, Romance and Suspense, a taboo in the traditional publishing world.

So far, McDonald is succeeding. She is selling books. And she gets to do it her way.

Not bad.

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