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Monday, March 05, 2012

Know Your Genre

6 comments:

Jennifer said...

Okay, Gina. A couple of questions. First my main series I'm writing at the moment is allegory. It something I write that is extremely natural. I realize this isn't a popular genre at the moment, but I'm sending it to the Genesis contest under speculative fiction to see if it fits. Do you think this wise?
Secondly, the other type of books I write are heart-warming, hope giving family stories. One is about a grandfather, his crippled granddaughter and a wedding dress. The other, a retired chaplain turned small time pastor who is dealing with the result of a terrible accident. How do you genre these type of stories? Thanks for your input...

Gina Holmes said...

Hey Jenn, thanks for the question. It's hard to say without reading it, but I'll give it an uneducated shot. Allegory doesn't have to be speculative fiction. Jessica (whose announcement you see above this post) wrote an allegory but it's a historical gothic. I think for an allegory, I wouldn't classify it as that but under another genre that's easier to place. Is it fantasy? Science fiction? Something entirely different? In which case speculative works. If it's an allegory that fits into contemporary or women's fiction, I think you'd do better to call it that. The others sound like contemporary, maybe even women's fiction depending. My 2nd novel, Dry as Rain, was written from the pov of a man, but still is being classified as women's fiction. Not sure if that helps. Maybe someone else can chime in with an opinion?

Jennifer said...

Thanks Gina. The series is set in a medieval time, but is not persay historical. It is a first person woman's pov. I've had it requested twice for full reads, but then mentioned it didn't quite fit...so I'm still searching...

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

I really enjoyed this. I tweeted it to my followers!

Jim Rubart said...

Excellent, Gina.

When a pre-published writer confidently tells an agent or editor their genre it immediately labels them as a pro and make a strong first impression.

Gina Holmes said...

Thanks Jim. Any tips for breaking the "um" habit? I'm thinking of maybe wearing a shock collar and having my husband electrocute me whenever I do it.