Although vampires are always popular, the Next Big Thing may be…mermaids. Really?
Apparently so. USA Today points to a slew of recent mermaid books, including Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale, Lost Voices, Fins Are Forever, Dreamland Social Club and Ripple. They also note that Stephanie Meyer, creator of the massively successful Twilight novels, says she is moving from vampires to mermaids.
A quick search of Amazon.com reveals dozens of new and forthcoming mermaid books. There are mermaid conventions (MerCon 2011 debuted this past month in Las Vegas) and even a mermaid camp where women can get in touch with their inner mermaids.
So mermaids are the coming thing…what does all of this mean to you, as an author?
I would never suggest that you write about something just because it is trendy. Writing about a subject in which you have no interest can be tedious, and that tedium is likely to show in the quality of your work. Worse, if you manage to churn out some serviceable prose that becomes successful, you will be stuck writing books you do not like for an audience you do not respect. However, if you are into mermaids this is your chance.
Dust off that mermaid romance you wrote five years ago and stuck in a drawer. Find the notes you made for a mermaid historical novel and get to work. If you have an interest in mermaids, this is your time.
Non-fiction writers may also find opportunities in the mermaid trend. Existing books, such as the self-help title, A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids and the children’s book The Girl’s Guide to Mermaids may draw more attention. Photographer Mark Anderson’s is preparing a book version of his M: Mermaids of Hollywood app for the iPhone and Ipad with its photos of 60 celebrities as mermaids.
If you are a mermaid fan, now is the time to get your book ready for the world.