Trying shoehorn your writing into a genre can be a daunting task. When I started writing the Malcolm Stone series, I had no idea what genre I was writing. I had never read anything quite like what I was writing. Some books had elements of following someone’s life story, but were centered around a romance, mystery, etc. My story on the other hand revolves around Malcolm’s life story and adds elements of suspense and romance. The only thing I knew was my book fell in the large category of contemporary fiction.
That’s a large genre to fall into and I feared my book would be lost in the masses. I started digging around in Amazon’s sub-genres and discovered this little niche called family saga. After reading books that land in this genre and researching it I discovered that was exactly what I was writing. Who knew? My books follow a family’s life throughout some years, showing personal growth of one particular character. I was excited that my book actually fit into a category other than fiction!
While categorizing your writing into a category can be annoying and difficult, it does serve a great purpose. It allows the finished work to be discoverable! From my research and book purchasing I have noticed it’s best to have an overall genre and the also to categorize within a smaller sub-genre to find those loyal genre readers.