Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Vampires Are Not Dead

I'm sure you've read on other blogs that publishers are sick of vampires. I feel this point needs to be clarified a bit.

First, based on a quick search on Bookscan and a perusal of the aisles at my local B&N, the reading public certainly isn't sick of vampire books. As long as they are marketable, publishers will continue to publish them.

Second, I think most editors (and agents) misspeak when they say they don't want to get vampire submissions. I think what they really mean is that they don't want to get unoriginal and often poorly written vampire submissions.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

So you're saying vampires are... undead?

Jaye Wells said...

Amen.

Jonathan Lyons said...

Wow, I can't believe I missed that one!

Blogagaard said...

That's it. I'm writing a book about rich celebutant vampires engaged in a war with werewolf caters as well as Swamp Thing, who has emerged from the swamp to eat as much cocktail shrimp as possible. Things really start cooking when zombie pirates crash a vampire celebutant party that's held on a luxury yacht named the Bloody Virgin. My hero will be a werewolf named Gordo, who is suffering from mange and constantly questions God's existence.

Robin S. said...

Isn't it true that almost anything (or nothing, depending upon one's point of view), is really 'dead'?

I'd imagine that very good writing will breathe anything back to life.

(Aside: I bought an Eric Mile Williamson novel upon your recommendation - dark, taut, and good. Thanks.)

Nick said...

I am a new reader of your blog Jonathan and would appreciate hearing some tips on converting a webblog styled autobiography into a book. I look forward to hearing back from you.

--Nick

Ryan Field said...

I'm glad you wrote this post. I think I read the same post you did and I felt sorry for all the commentors who agreed with the blogger. That particular blog attracts such an innocent, trusting lot of people you wonder how they survive all the rejection in publishing.

I don't write vampire books, and couldn't care less about them, but I thought that post needed to be clarified for people who do. So thank you...there is still sanity on the web.

Jonathan Lyons said...

Well, just to be clear, I've seen this on numerous blogs in the past year, though I do know the blog you're referencing.

To be fair, I've actually had editors say this to me too - that they don't want vampire submissions - but with a bit of prompting they've clarified and said they mean they need to see fresh ideas to be interested.

Nick - I'm sorry, but I don't have any good advice regarding changing your blog into a book, beyond telling you to just get started and that you'll probably figure out what you want to do in terms of style/tone through trial and error, just like you would normally.

Anonymous said...

but the short story seems to be dead, doesn't it? compared to last century, no pros make it their living anymore. will this change any time soon?

thx jonathan...