by Christina Rich
I’ve judged a lot of contests, mostly romance, but even within the romance fiction world there are several sub-genres. I think you’d be surprised at how many writers submit their entries into the wrong categories. If you don’t know where your book fits in the market, how are you going to know which editor or agent to pitch?
This page, and any sub-pages will be a growing and ever-changing group of pages, as sub-genres are updated and added to, all the time. I mean who would have thought fifty or even fifteen years ago that there would be a Vampire-Austen genre? I’m sure many of you have heard of the YA genre, but due to the fact (pure speculation on my part) it was difficult for editors to place the YA in a teen or an adult category, the New Adult genre evolved.
Whether the publishing professionals admit it or not, there seems to be set guidelines for specific genres. With suspense, your main character (MC), is in constant danger. With romance, the story needs to focus on the evolving relationship between a hero and heroine, which means your couple should be together a great deal of the time.
Of course there are always exceptions to the unspoken ‘rules’, but unless you research the genres you won’t know exactly what they are.