If you’re a writer, whether published or unpublished, you know by now that the market is cyclical. What was hot a couple years of go–sparkly vampires–is no longer the in thing. No one knows what the next big trends will be? (According to LitRejections, Harry Potter was rejected by twelve publishers and that’s not taking into account how many agents rejected JK Rowling.) Or how long the run will last.
This makes it hard to also know what books will fall out of favor. Several of my mystery/thriller writer friends and I have discussed the fate of our genre. With the increase of *worldwide terrorist attacks from 391 in 2015 to 759 attacks just between January 2016 to June 2016, it worries us as to whether or not readers will want to read mystery/thrillers/suspense novels anymore. So far, I can’t find statistics to point in one direction or the other, which is frustrating. However, my friends and I decided to heed the advice of several agents, which is write what you love and ignore the trends.