Know The Genre of Your Book or eBook
Note: So many authors ask for a Guest Author Interview on my blog, but do not know the genre of their book. This post will help in picking a genre.
If you don’t know the genre where your book fits, then you’re saying to the world that you don’t know your target audience!
Others, besides the author, need to know the genre of a book: editors, agents, publishers, and readers—to name a few.
So, an author must know the genre of their book—it’s that simple!
All books are either non-fiction or fiction, which can be further divided into many different sub-genres. In a world of so many genres and sub-genres, at times, it can be difficult to classify your novel’s niche.
According to Wikipedia.com, a literary genre is a category of literary composition. Genres may be determined by literary technique, tone, content or even (as in the case of fiction) length. The distinctions between genres and categories are flexible and loosely defined, often with subgroups.
There are certain elements in each genre. Some major genres of books that are available today are: children’s; crime; fantasy; horror; mystery; romance; science fiction (sci-fi); thriller/suspense; young adult; western; spiritual; biography/autobiography; motivational and historical. Other major genres may be categorized as: contemporary; urban; paranormal; and erotica. The good thing is that most readers will recognize the major genres. There are certain readers who will only pick up a book in a specific genre.
There are certain books in each genre with a sub-genre. Your book may be mainly a thriller with a little suspense. If you think outside the box, you can create something a little different, such as the legal thriller. Also, some genres can be combined together, such as contemporary romance, or mystery thriller, or historical romance. If your novel has elements of romance and suspense, classify it under one main heading—romantic suspense. Pick only two genres. Don’t get carried away and say your book is a thriller with suspense, a little romance and some sexy erotica. If it has all of those elements, then you need to re-think and re-write your book. It can only go on one shelf at the bookstore or in one category on Amazon. So, be realistic when selecting a genre and pick the genre that your book contains the most elements.
To figure out your genre, ask yourself 3 questions:
- Who are my readers?
- What do they want in a good book?
- Who do they read (besides you)?
If you know the answers to these questions, you can pinpoint and know your genre.
Writers, whatever your genre, may your book find the best target audience.
Title: Cougar Tales Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Title: Cougar Tales Series: Jamaican Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Special thanks to wikipedia.com.