After hearing all the comments and reviews during my querying process, I eventually came to the realization that nobody knows exactly what niche a book will fit snugly. One publisher may say not romantic enough, while another says too romantic. One may suggest mystery, another says definitely romance. (true story)
Does it really make people feel better if they can classify a book as romance, modern, contemporary, thriller, mystery, suspense, and the list goes on with so many sub-genres I’ve lost count.
The only genres I can easily put a label on are paranormal and fantasy, but then again, even those waters are now muddy with all sorts of sub-genres.
Then, I hear, if I write romantic-suspense, I cannot add a little paranormal in the mix. Your fans will not follow you. Who makes these rules? Guess what, my newest series has all the romantic-suspense aspects my readers enjoy, but I threw in a paranormal twist. Why? Because I make the rules, and I believe it is what my readers will want.
I’m an avid-reader, and I read everything. Need proof, check out my Goodreads account, and those are just the books I remember or have had time to add. I’ve read everything from Beauty and the Beast (the original) to the Godfather (yes, the book). Movies don’t count; you only have to invest two to three hours of your life. Novels, on the other hand, you invest minimally eight hours of your time, depending on how fast you read. So, if it’s not in your genre, you better make sure you like it.
So, how do we decide?
I think it is up to two people: the one who writes it and the one who reads it.
The author must decide what genre they want to market their book, and the reader would do well not to buy a book just by its classification but also read what other readers are saying.
Until next time, happy reading!
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