Right now, I have two books I'm working on. Blink of an I and Early Grave. Two totally different books - different tones, different genres, different ideas. Most likely, two totally different markets.
I've said it before - I'm an eclectic reader. At any given time, I'm as likely to pick up a suspense novel as a dystopian or a mystery or a... whatever... to read. And that reflects in my writing / publishing. Just as it would kill me to read one genre in succession, I think it would kill me to write one novel after another in one genre. I think I'd be bored to tears.
But it's not necessarily the best marketing plan. To be successful - i.e. to sell loads of books - I probably should've written and published one series all the way through before jumping to the next. Instead, Dying Embers came out in February of 2015, then Fertile Ground in May of 2016, and Early Grave will be out in May or June of 2018. Accidental Death came out in May of 2015, Natural Causes in February of 2017, and Untitled #3 might be out at the end of this year. I didn't do much better with my genie series: Wish in One Hand (August 2015), In Deep Wish (February 2016), Up Wish Creek (August 2016), and finally Wish Hits the Fan arrived in September of 2017. With other books in between each of the successive series title's drop.
There was no plan. Not even a best laid plan worthy of a mouse. It was more like 'this one looks good, let's do that', lather rinse repeat. Which is why readers are looking at getting a dystopian, a suspense, a paranormal, and perhaps a mystery from me this year. And why I'm currently driving myself nuts editing a suspense while I'm waiting for the dystopian to come back from my editor. (Who is a saint that can edit all those different things without going batshit crazy. I like to think I'm keeping her on her toes.) It's definitely a juggling act - the one where the guy is keeping a chainsaw, a bowling ball, and a carton of eggs in the air at the same time.
Anyway, call me crazy, but that's the way I have to do things. And on the bright side, I'm never bored. I hope my readers aren't either. And I hope my crazypantsness encourages readers to step outside their comfortable reading box.
Outside the Box... get it?