Dear Authors and Publishers,
Growing up, I wasn’t much of a reader. When I did read, it was mostly thrillers (a la Christopher Pike and Lois Duncan) and Choose Your Own Adventure books. I loved the CYOA books because I could be in control by making decisions that would drive the characters through (and throughout) the story, thus controlling the overall outcome. And of course there was the added bonus of re-reading the book and getting a difference outcome each time. (I would even re-read books again and again to try to get the perfect outcome.) But here’s my dilemma: since the CYOA books are geared towards children, and there doesn’t seem to be a chance for adult-themed books, there’s a void to fill. And that’s where YOU come in.
If you accept a dance with the Duke, go to page 5. If you decide that your dance card is full for the evening, go to page 89.
I, for one, would love to see Choose Your Own type romance books and I know I’m not the only one. When I brought this up on Twitter a few months back, other readers voiced their wanting to read these kind of books as well. I even saw some authors ‘favorite’ my tweet.
If you agree to go on the blind date your BFF set up for you, go to page 112. If you turn down your BFF’s idea and decide to take up your sexy neighbor’s dinner invite, go to page 66.
The main concern that was voiced by authors was that of trademark/copyright. Trust me when I say that I am no expert on copyright or trademark laws but I do remember reading a book similar to the set up found in the CYOA books. In fact, I featured it here on The Book Vixen. The book was What If…Everyone Knew Your Name written by Liz Ruckdeschel and Sara James and it is part of the ‘Choose Your Destiny’ line. The book was fun to read but it’s set in high school so it’s geared towards a young adult audience. But my point here is that it’s being done.
If you decide to check out the BDSM dungeon, go to page 91. If you decide BDSM is not for you, go to page 15.
There’s a market out there for this type of book for romance readers and it can be done for any and all sub-genres. The question is, who’s going to fulfill that market?
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
P.S. – Readers: feel free to chime in here. Would you like to read CYOA-type romance books?
ETA – @AngelaJames informed me that Carina Press has been looking for interactive romance submissions since 2009.