Saturday, April 27, 2013

I used to think I knew what New Adult meant.


I may be the grinch on the bandwagon but I wish self-publishers would pick a genre, any genre, but preferably one to which their book actually belongs.

5 comments:

Angelia Sparrow said...

Sometimes there isn't just one. I have cyberpunk, but there are werewolves, mermen and tentacle sex involved.
Or the post-apoc gay biker novel.
Or steampunk lesbians, with a side of zombies or medical fetish.
or the gay disabled pagan inspirational romance.

The New Adult/YA is a tough category, so I give that miss.

Emily Veinglory said...

I think there is still almost always a topic level genre category that would be best for marketing. Steampunk and zombies for example, being science fiction.

M Barnette said...

But that's just it Emily, steampunk and zombies are -not- science fiction. Scifi is Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. Zombies are more closely related to horror and steampunk is a genre subspecies all its own.

The best selling books at most of the major NYC publishers are ones that blend and mix genres now. I believe Pubisher's Weekly or one of the other publishing zines/sites mentioned this in the last few weeks.

Readers--for the most part--aren't looking for single genre books so much anymore. They're looking for something different and that often entails mixing and blending, even bending, the genres into new forms.

I've been doing that for years. Who knew? Apparently I was 'cutting edge' before the genre bender became 'cutting edge'.

Psyche Skinner said...
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Emily Veinglory said...



Some zombie stories are clearly sci fi (speculative based on science), others are horror. My point is, every story has a top level genre which is the simplest way to define them.

Personally I tend to go from there to the story. Or maybe pick one fad sub-genre and run with that. Listing more than three genres is generally overkill. As a reader I find it more than helpful.