• West Cork Literary Festival 8-15 July 2022

Will a multi-genre novel be difficult to market?

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Sahlan Diver

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Until age 64, I had no interest in writing or literature. So, when I started to write my first novel, the result was predictably appalling. This is not false modesty. I kept the draft. Believe me, it’s bad!

Despite this, three years later I had improved enough to be shortlisted at the 2017 Yeovil Literary Prize. With this encouragement, I wrote a second novel, better than the first, expecting to pick up an agent any time soon. When that didn’t happen, my wife suggested I “add a few sex positions” so that people might sit up and take notice. So was born my third novel, “Sixty Positions with Pleasure”, having four interweaving parallel plots, namely, an erotic-romance, a mystery thriller (my main genre), a political satire, and a critique of religious hypocrisy. Plus, a robot who thinks he’s French. Now all I have to do is find a way to sell it!

Will the added sex make it easier or more difficult to sell, I wonder?

A Love Reading reviewer described it ‘The story flowed well, with humour and comic characters throughout to give this book a light-hearted feel despite a murder mystery being at its heart.’

You can check it out here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1115456

(c) Sahlan Diver

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