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It’s almost Valentines Day, I can’t believe it! This week I’m at the halfway point in posting my novella, Divorced White Female: Back in the Game for free. And I’m working through writing book 3. It should be done by the end of the month if all goes as planned. Of course things rarely go as planned, especially for the protagonist.
This week I’m reviewing a writing craft book called Fiction Genres (Busy Writer’s Guides Book 11) by Marcy Kennedy.
Genre has always confused me. I can usually pick out if a book is a romance, or sci-fi or fantasy, but get much further from those and I start getting foggy. As you know I recently finished writing my first novel, An Amethyst in the Rough and as it sits with my beta readers I am considering what to do with it. I’m also signed up to go to a writer’s conference in March where I may have an opportunity to pitch something to agents who are there. In light of those thoughts I figured I should know definitively what genre Amethyst is.
Fiction Genre’s is not a definitive guide designed to define every possible genre but Kennedy does highlight the most common ones and explains what makes them tick and where they might crossover. She also explains how to differentiate them when they do cross over and decide which one your book should be placed in. As a writer I can also understand better how to present my story so my readers will enjoy it by understanding the expectations of the genre.
Why is this important? Marcy Kennedy give several reasons.
- If I decide to pitch to an agent I need to state what genre my book falls into so that they can decide if they’re interested or not.
- As an Indie author I need to be sure to list my book in the right category so that fans of that genre can find it.
- When a book is listed properly by genre it is more likely to be discovered by fans of that genre and read.
- I can answer questions about my book when asked, letting them know the genre up front tells them a lot about my book.
- Potential readers know what to expect by genre and aren’t disappointed when they read it.
As Kennedy says, “if you’re craving chips and someone tricks you into eating a piece of cake instead, you’re probably not going to feel satisfied.”
Overall, I enjoyed Kennedy’s Fiction Genres (Busy Writer’s Guides Book 11) and felt it taught me a lot. It is a brief book, only 38 pages long which makes it an easy read. I will probably look for a more in depth guide to follow up with but Marcy Kennedy’s quick guide gave me a great jumping off point to begin with.
In the meantime my friend EA Copen is doing a much more in-depth look at individual genres on her blog. I encourage you to check it out and some of her books while you’re there. She’s an amazing paranormal urban fantasy author.
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