Authors often get into trouble when they’re writing books for children or adults and end up blending the two in an awkward way. I’m here to clear up confusion around the differences between children’s books and adult books. Particularly when authors write “coming of age” novels or fictionalized versions of their childhood, they sometimes end […]
Why it’s important to know your book’s genre
It often pains authors to have to shoehorn themselves into a genre. It seems like an unfair constraint cooked up in some foreboding tower by a cackling publisher, who maniacally decreed one day that authors everywhere must sort themselves into categories before being allowed to enter the gates. And sure, if you’ve let your original […]
What Genre Is Your Work in Progress?
Every now and then I like to check in to see what genre people are working on. The last time I asked was wayyyy back in 2009. Now that it’s NaNoWriMo I’m guessing that there are many a new work in progress, so let’s see: What’s Your Genre? You’ll need to click through to see […]
What’s the Genre of Your WIP?
Now that NaNoWriMo is in full effect, I thought I’d return to a post from approximately a year ago to see which way the genre winds are blowing in late 2010. Will the breakdown be the same as last year? Is there a genre or two that are growing in popularity? Poll below. Also, I […]
Cozy Mystery. What’s That?
By: Kay Elam When I was writing my first novel, I knew it was a mystery, but I wasn’t sure of its sub-genre. At a writing conference I was telling someone about my book and they said, “Oh, it’s a cozy.” I simply agreed instead of admitting I’d never heard of such a thing. Since […]
[blank] Are the New Vampires
Come on, you know you want to try it. Insert your own guess in the comments. I’m going with fallen pirate apocalyptic ninja angels as the new vampire.