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Category Hell: The Flames Are Licking At My Feet

As a writer promoting your first novel, deciding on a genre can feel like a step into the fiery abyss. If the novel is fiction, let’s say the plot involves stem cell research and genetic engineering. Characters might include ex-NSA agents, scientists, Slovenian crime lords and an art historian. A story like that might be suspenseful…one hopes.

Publishing a novel can be more harrowing than writing the book in the first place. It might take a year to finish a 280-page story, but getting that book from page to print is a lengthy process with steep learning curves. Once you master the process, the next few books are sure to be cake and pie, but this business of categorizing books for sales placement is headache inducing. Is the novel Sci Fi? My definition of Sci Fi involves a lot of technology and usually involves space. Think Dan Simmons or Neil Stephenson.

There’s also Sci Fi Fantasy a la Frank Herbert or China Mielville. I have a trilogy in the works that squarely fits into this category. I would rank The Esau Emergence along with James Rollins and Michael Crichton. That’s not particularly helpful. Michael Crichton is Mystery, Thriller and Suspense AND Sci Fi AND Technothriller AND Contemporary Literature and Fiction. Seriously? There are copious amounts of articles out there about deciding on your genre of fiction. Choose Wisely ARGHHHH…the pressure!