I have gotten to know a few new writers on FaceBook, so I thought I’d ask some of them to drop by and tell me of their genre. By the way, I am the President of the ‘Society for Physician Bluegrass Fiction Writers.’ (SPBFW; sounds like a sunscreen, huh?) Rekx is V.P. He plays mandolin and his wife is a Doc. If you run into any more like us, I hope you’ll send them our way.
When my agent read the last draft of my manuscript, he said, “Son this is good. It approaches Literary Fiction.”
“Great. What’s that?”
“My boy, that is a body of work that is good enough I might not be able to sell it.”
“Very funny, boss. Any chance?”
“Bibey, my job is to keep you grounded, but yes, I think so. It is several grades above the National Enquirer.”
“Hey, at least mine is a true story. Maybe at least close to Literary Fiction?”
He shook his head. “Can’t take you anywhere. But I have to concede, it is close anyway.”
“How about commercial grade entertainment bluegrass physician fiction?”
“That I might be able to sell.”
“Well I ain’t too worried. They didn’t even invent that Literary Fiction classification until 1970. My hero was Mark Twain, and he never heard of such. He just wrote the truth.”
“Bibey, I knew Mark Twain, and you are no Mark Twain. You’re good, but you ain’t that good.”
“Hey boss, did you ever work for the Enquirer?”
“Hush Bibey. I have a reputation you know.”
“Something like that.”
I thought about that discussion a long time, and I came to the same conclusion I always do. We can all only be what we are. I am but a country Doc who plays in a bluegrass band on the weekend. I don’t think many people are gonna take me for an intellectual. I write what I am.
But at the same time I have all respect for folks whose art speaks for their thing, and some of my friends are quite intellectual. One of my early blog pals, the English Professor, has become a real life friend. He does bluegrass photojournalism, and he is one of the best. I suspect he’ll see an IBMA Print Media nomination this year.
Ms. Susan writes romance. Mrschili teaches English on-line. Ms. Karen writes children’s books, and is a fine copy editor too. Ms. Kim has a lot of great ideas on composition. I think Pande is a chick lit lady for the most part. Ms. Cindy writes country like me, and Neva, a new FaceBook pal, writes poetry. I am not an poetry expert, but I like her work. (Rumor has it poets are like us bluegrassers; in it for the money.)
I hope folks will comment as to what they write. What is your genre? Leave us a link so folks can find you. Like chili says, “It’s all about the community, Doc.”