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Beyonre genre.

postercopy.jpgMy buddy Andrew Tyer wrote a humorous white-trash crime novel. And while he’s not yet published, his adventures in rejection have been enlightening. (Thanks Andy.) His book was well settled in the crime genre, with some good ol' Southern cooking added. So now that I’m trying to rewrite Surefire to get it ready for the firing squad, Andy’s words of counsel to me were "make sure you’re sending it to the right agents that represent your genre".

Which of course begs the question, what the heck is my genre? And is it okay to mix genres completely?

I’ll be honest, I don’t have one. So, riddle me this Batman. Am I hurting my marketability by not writing in a specific genre? With the success of "in-between" books like The Dogs of Babel and Sideways, I tend to think the answer is no. But what about finding an agent? If my work isn’t obviously an ADVENTURE, MYSTERY or URBAN FANTASY, is it DOA?

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Remember that "literary" is considered a genre. And books like Sideways, I think, fall into this genre. Yours might too. The best way I know to target your genre is to find books somewhat similar to yours and check the acknowledgements. Authors often thank their agents. Then just look up the agent on a site like or publisher's marketplace.
January 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob is a very good idea.

I know just plain ol' fiction or "literary" is where I'm headed. But it just doesn't sound cool does it? It's like telling people you're a chef, but instead French or Eurasian cuisine, you specialize in "food". Maybe it's just me.
January 14, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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