I knew my overall genre when I began writing, but I didn’t realize how many sub-genres existed. Or where my work even fit.
Knowing your exact genre is important though. Querying takes time and effort – you want to send your work to those publishers and agents who are looking for your genre. If you’re self-publishing, you have some leeway, but you still need to be able to describe the genre. (Even if it’s partially made up!)
Sometimes a manuscript crosses several genres. Then it’s up to you to select which overall genre best describes it and then look for the sub-genres.
It also helps to think where your book bleeds into other genres. You might have a far wider readership than you think. (Sometimes it might surprise you – I know I was surprised!)
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