There’s been an interesting discussion on the Pittsburgh Sisters in Crime list lately that I thought I’d drag over to working stiffs (can you tell I’m on deadline?). The issue is work for hire: would you be willing to take on a work-fire-hire contract with a publisher for a novel or series? It’s another interesting way a writer can break into the biz, or diversify themselves once they’re already in it. The basic scenario works like this: a publisher likes your writing but maybe doesn’t find the book you’re currently shopping the right fit for them. You, however, possess a skill level and/or background that would make you a good fit for a series they want to launch and need a writer for. So they audition you and the next thing you know, you have a contract.
It’s been a fascinating discussion so far, which is why I thought I’d bring it out into the open. There’s a time when I think I would’ve been against doing this primarily because I didn’t think I had the chops to write an idea that wasn’t initially mine, but I think I’ve changed my opinion. As writers we’re often musing about what the next big thing is that we can sell; isn’t it refreshing to have the publisher come to you and say, “here it is – the thing we can sell. Now write it!” And I find that the more I write, the easier it becomes to become passionate and excited about what I’m working on, even if the idea didn't come from me.
So what do you think? Would you do work-for-hire writing? Are you doing it now?
And now for a little blatant self promotion. My marvelous friend David White created a book trailer for Winter in June, the third Rosie Winter Mystery (coming out in…well June of course). Hope you enjoy it!