What genre is my book?
Learn how to identify the genre of a book correctly
One of the most frequent doubts among writers is the classification of the literary genre they should give their readers. They think about different aspects to make a good choice, including target audience, content and storytelling, timeline and much more. However, they don't get a clear answer.
The genre of your book...
It must be defined from the first time you start developing your story. You must consider that this classification directly impacts the number of sales and people interested in reading your work.
If you are unclear about your book genre category, start by learning and reviewing each type's characteristics. Then, you can use the search engine of a store like Amazon to compare different works, read the descriptions and establish apparent differences.
Could you identify the main elements of your book?
Could you consider the relevance of the characters? What kind of emotions and experiences do they have in the story? If it can be an actual story or if it has magical and or mysterious elements. Write down if there is a love story in your book and what level of protagonism it will take in time.
Finally, think about what kind of reader your book is aimed at. Consider general aspects such as age and underlying interests. For example, a high school student going through significant physical and psychological changes is more likely to want to read a love story with which they can identify. At the same time, a father fond of mystery might be more interested in a detective story.
Establish empathy as your primary reference
Picture yourself as a potential reader. Ask yourself if your book would appeal to them. If the answer is no, your book's genre is not appropriate for the audience for which you wrote it.
Click the 'read more' link below for a list of popular Book Genres.