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The Hidden Gems Author Podcast

Episode 81 – Unraveling Genre Boundaries: Lessons from a Misfit Romance

Hosted by: Craig Tuch and Roland Hulme with special guest Leah Busboom

In today’s episode of Fully Booked, bestselling romance author Leah Busboom shares the intriguing results of a recent writing experiment. Last year, Leah took a chance and penned a novel that defied common tropes and deviated drastically from her usual type of romance. Unfortunately, it turned out to be one of her worst-selling books.

Join us as Leah candidly recounts her daring journey, and how she discovered that simply having proven talent and a devoted fan base doesn’t necessarily mean you can throw out genre expectations and norms that readers have come to expect. It’s a cautionary tale for other authors contemplating trying something new, but it doesn’t have to end the same way. Through her experience, Leah gained invaluable insights into the significance of understanding and meeting reader expectations, and time and self-reflection have provided her with ideas on how the book could have been more successful.

Leah Busboom

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