I’ve been thinking a lot about genres the past few years, and the concept gets more complicated by the day. Now that self-publishing has really gained a foothold, a lot of the old rules simply don’t apply anymore. Crossover fiction is becoming much more accepted, so labeling your book for potential readers is increasingly challenging.
What’s your book genre? Romance? Thriller? Romantic Thriller? Mystery? Romantic Mystery? Noir Romance? Cozy Mystery with Innocent Romance? Ack!
And what about age groups? Young Adult (YA) has a new sub-category called New Adult (NA) for a slightly older reader from 18-25. Why? Because the romance was too steamy, but not yet jaded like for older adults? Could be.
A search at Wikipedia for more information leads to an exhaustive list of possible fiction genres.
Excuse me while my head explodes.
Is it any wonder I keep flip-flopping while writing my current romantic mystery novel that sometimes becomes an erotic thriller? What do you do when your characters don’t behave as they should? Switch genres?
To that end, I’m paying close attention to how other authors bill their books. For light entertainment, I’m a sucker for cowboy or musician bad-boy billionaire romance novels, and I say “romance” rather than “erotica” because the hero has to be a really good guy under that wicked public persona. I also want to see the happily-ever-after (HEA) without too much interference from old and perfect girlfriends or mothers or other control freaks trying to mess things up for the heroine. Is there a specific sub-genre for that kind of story? Upbeat Bad-Boy Romantica with Happy Ending? Yikes.
Join us this month as we discuss book genres in depth. Do you have any questions about the topic? What’s your book genre? Leave us a comment and we’ll chat about it.
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