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A to Z Challenge – Day 7: G is for Genre

Shelli Rosewarne

Hi all,

I thought I’d briefly touch on genre today. It can be a tricky issue for any writer – there can be a great tendency, especially in ‘traditional publishing’ to want to be able to neatly pigeon-hole a novel and a writer into a tidy little box. On some level you can understand this, if they are investing in a novel then they want to know they can sell it – which means in their eyes there needs to be a clear way for them to market it and a specific audience to market it towards. I’ve heard stories from other writers of them submitting to publishers who apparently loved their work but who still wouldn’t take them on due to marketing concerns, things ranging from they had reached their quota of that ‘style’ of novel, to it was too cross-genre, to even ‘we don’t think the market can…

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