I’m amazed. I posted a message on a writers’ site and got a lot of replies. All were encouraging, some were helpful, and one was from a professional editor/publisher. What he said opened my eyes.
He looked at this web page and took it apart. Said it was obviously amateur and then proceeded to tell me in detail why. Once I looked at the site through his eyes, I could see why he said what he did and I’m now trying to change the site accordingly. I doubt it’ll happen quickly and it’s being done with the help of a web site designer I know. She’s very encouraging. More importantly, she’s very specific and is addressing the concerns of the editor/publisher one at a time with very good advice.
The question I asked originally, though, wasn’t about my site. It was about genres because my stories seem to be mostly clean science fiction romance and I wondered whether there’s a market for such romances.
Again, I got help from many people and, again, the help from that editor/publisher was the most helpful of all. He took a look at my book covers and tore them apart much the same way he tore my web site apart. Yes, I have beautiful covers… if I’m writing romance. Science fiction, not so much.
The thing is, I got that same advice about my covers from a book marketing coach I consulted with. She said in words of one syllable to ditch the beautiful, ethereal covers and go with gritty sci-fi type covers with at least some orange in them and large, easy-to-read titles.
Because according to everyone in the group who answered my question, I don’t write clean science fiction romance, I write science fiction in which there is a romance that just happens to be clean.
Wow! I learned a lot. Thank you everyone!

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