They say every bad thing has a good thing. I think that's correct, but I'm not going to extrapolate on my *other* lessons. Usually, every single problem or issue has given rise to a good development.

One of the strongest growth drivers are my friends. Rachel, my editor and friend, has inspired me to work harder and not be lazy, even on the sentence level. Down to every single word.

Sometimes my ex-friends give me the same impetus despite their intentions. In this particular case, two former friends - and their friends, this IS the internet, after all - have inspired me very much to call a moratorium on all m/m writing.

I have had my issues with the genre before, as all regular readers of this blog know very well. I used to have no other way out, so I was kind of trapped. Recently, however, I've developed a number of mainstream ideas that had no chance to flourish because I went for the genre I found easiest to write. Ideas flowed, the writing was easy, publishing was even easier. Easy victories.

What will now happen is this: I will release Country Mouse. Then I will release what I'm currently calling Incursion (it's written, no need to burn the manuscript, although I don't currently expect to sell more than five copies).

After that, I will focus on my mainstream books. I am currently in talks with a German literary agency who sounded interested in my fast-paced crazy historical novel and a possible *punk project (or three - these things come in trilogies).

If these plans happen, they will supplement my other plan of publishing a number of gay historicals in English. All of this will happen under one (or two) new names, and there will be no links or connections to this one.

I may do further m/m books, specifically sequels to stuff that's already out there (I do have more ideas around Silvio), but as of now, these are low priority, which, busy as I am, means that they might not happen or might happen very late. Personally, I don't expect any more m/m stuff this year, and quite possibly none next year. I've created a solid body of work, and I'm looking forward to supporting other writers as a publisher, editor and coach.

I'm very much looking forward to evenings spent on the couch, watching a DVD or simply reading a book - things I haven't done nearly enough in the last two years. It'll mean spending time in the gym rather than race home to answer an email about any of my works, or do some photography or travelling. I might even take up reviewing again, and meanwhile I'm going to write big mainstream doorstopper novels for a different market, bringing to that work the things I've learnt in the m/m genre - all my hard-won lessons on sexism, trans* phobia and the rest.

It's time to move on for me. Whole new ocean out there. I'm looking forward to it.[image error]
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message 1: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Good for you. If it makes you happy that's what you should be doing. Your m/m books will be missed but you never know the big mainstream doorstopper may just be appreciated by your regular m/m readers. Quality writing is always appreciated. Good luck

message 2: by Aleksandr (new)

Aleksandr Voinov Thanks! Also - next writing incarnation - stay the hell away from some places/people. :) I'm learning my lessons hard, but I'm learning them.

message 3: by Sandra (last edited Apr 11, 2012 02:17PM) (new)

Sandra Wherever you go and whatever you do there will always be someone who wants to bitch and moan. Just remember that the bitching and the moaning does not make them a really great author. You have a talent that is appreciated.

message 4: by Aleksandr (new)

Aleksandr Voinov Sandra - Thanks. In this case, the moaners (I don't dare type "bitch-er", because that was misunderstood intentionally a few times already) are not authors. I'll focus on finding a niche that is less destructive, less aggressive and less militant for the moment. I really don't feel comfortable in m/m anymore.

message 5: by Sandra (last edited Apr 11, 2012 02:31PM) (new)

Sandra Who would have thought that in this day and age it is authors of M/M fiction that are getting abused. Does not the fact that a lot of M/M fiction cover the aggressive non tolerance of another's way of life or opinions not speak volumes about these people.

message 6: by Aleksandr (new)

Aleksandr Voinov I guess. I have to say, I'm sometimes hankering after my time in German print. No abuse. No entitlement. And no passive-aggressive reviews. (Granted, very little reader contact, but at least some - and none of the readers got hung up over my gender, what's between my legs or what else am I doing or not doing or what I believe in.)

message 7: by LenaLena (new)

LenaLena You'd better pm me the name you're going to be writing your doorstoppers and historicals under, mister. Especially if it's a doorstopping historical. I would not want to miss them.

JustJen "Miss Conduct" This truly saddens me in so many ways. I am happy you will be doing more things for your own enjoyment and wish you the best of luck with whatever you choose to write. I would happily read any genre you write and will always hold out hope for more Silvio.

message 9: by Trish (new)

Trish JustJen wrote: "This truly saddens me in so many ways. I am happy you will be doing more things for your own enjoyment and wish you the best of luck with whatever you choose to write. I would happily read any ge..."

Ditto! Best of luck! :D

message 10: by Ann32 (new)

Ann32 Hearing that you'll stop writing m/m for at least a year or two, as a reader, of course saddens me but I would be less sad if the only reason was that you need time off to rest/focus on other things. I have an opinion or two on what you said above, about picking a less aggressive genre and all but I probably should go and inform myself first.

On the other hand, I'm super happy that you decided to go mainstream. There are many great m/m authors like you who deserve more and m/m clearly can't give them enough recognition. So good luck and I hope you will do well!
(also, how will we know it's you if you change names man? D:)

message 11: by Low-key (new)

Low-key I was really sad when I saw this. I got hooked on your books recently, but I grew to love your style and the themes in your books. But it's good news you will continue writing.To be honest I'm curious to see your new projects, so good luck with them.

message 12: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Cothern Sad doesn't begin to describe how I am feeling at this announcement. When I actually said, "Oh, no!" out loud, my husband replied in a very concerned voice, "What happened? Are you okay?"
Of course, that is the fan in me crying out at the thought of losing your talent in the m/m realm. I will miss your work terribly but hope that you won't just disappear so that I end up missing you as well.

The writer in me understands where you are coming from and can only wish you the best of luck with all of your future writings. You are extremely talented and an inspiration. Regardless of the genera you end up in, I am sure you will be a success.

I will understand if you do not share your new pen name(s) with us but I hope that you know that many of us would read anything you write, not just your m/m stories.


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

Good for you. Go get 'em Tiger! Make sure to leave a few clues so that we know how to find you. :)

message 14: by VJ (new)

VJ Summers I have such mixed feelings here. On the one hand, I'm so excited for you to be able to pursue projects that are simmering and waiting for attention.

On the other, I'm totally depressed that (assuming there are English translations) I'll never get to read them. And I'm pissed that the same cyber-bullying culture that has our kids fricking killing themselves now has gifted artists and authors visiting the dark places in their souls, questioning their identities, their values... And when that toxic environment drives away people who can make me think and become a better writer myself just by random comments in blog posts... Yeah. Pissed.

So, Aleks, I will be sending you all the white light I have for success in your more mainstream projects, for some well earned relaxation, and for some peace of mind. But I'll be pouting and feeling sorry for myself the whole time!

message 15: by M'rella (new)

M'rella Better than historicals are only middle-eastern/arabian historicals :) But whatever it is, I only hope your work will get translated if you decide to write in German instead of English from now on.

Thank you for the update! Much appreciated :)

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