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Action/Adventure
Children's
Christian
Comedy/Humor
Comic Books
Coming of Age
Crime
Drama
Erotica
Fable
Fairy Tale
Fantasy/Paranormal
LGBT
Gothic
Historical
Horror
Inspirational
Journal
Literary
Mainstream
Musical
Mystery/Detective
Political
Religious
Romance
Science Fiction
Short Stories
Thriller/Suspense
War/Military
Westerns
Women's
Young Adult
It's important to determine the genre (the classification or category of literature) of your book before it's released.  Not only will it define
your audience, but it will also define the location of your book’s placement in bookstores, including on-line bookstores.  And just as a
practical matter, you don't want to be caught off-guard when someone asks you, "What is the genre of your book?"

To determine genre, I suggest you visit a bookstore or go on-line and decide where it belongs based on books similar to yours.  If it's
not obvious, you might want to consult with your local library or someone in the publishing industry.

I found that the criteria used to categorize works into genres are not consistent, and it seems like everyone has their own opinion as to
how many available genres exist.  I reviewed several lists of fiction genres--no two alike by the way--and compiled the list you see in the
box above which includes the ones that appear most often.

I continue to be confused by genre categories. I review books for the IndieBRAG organization and select books to review from a list by
genre. I can't tell you how many times I chose a book in the Young Adult genre only to find it was really a fantasy.

Hopefully you aren't more befuddled about genre than before reading this article. If so, I apologize. If someone ever comes out with a
standardized list that everyone follows, I'll be sure to revise this article.
Genre



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