Know Your Genre

Know Your Genre

When submitting a query letter to an agent be sure to include the genre. Agents don’t publish everything they get their hands on; they are specific about which types to select. It is essential to know what category your project falls under, and research agents who publish that genre.

 

 

Fiction genre

 

Adventure

Christian

Middle Grade

Family Saga

Horror

Mystery

Science Fiction

Western

Chick Lit

Commercial Fiction

Graphic Novels

Humor/Satire

Military/Espionage

Offbeat/Quirky

Short Stories

Woman’s Fiction

Children’s

Crime

Fantasy

Historical

Literary Fiction

Multi-Cultural

Romance

Thrillers/Suspense

Young Adult

 

 

 

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Adventure/True Story

Business

Cultural/Social Issues

Film & Entertainment

Gardening

Health & Fitness

How-To

Juvenile

Military/War

Narrative

Pets

Pop Culture

Science

Sports

True Crime

Art

Celebrity

Current Affairs

Finance

History

Humor

Medical

Multi-Cultural

Nature/Ecology

Photography

Self-Help

Technology

Women’s Issues

Biography

Cookbooks

Dating/Relationships

Food & Lifestyle

Gift Books

Home/Design

Journalism

Memoirs

Music

Parenting

Politics

Religion

Spirituality

Travel

 

Most of the genres listed are self explanatory. I might have missed a few and the sub-genres, but these are the top categories.
If your project has more than one genre, choose the dominate role.
Agents will list which ones they are interested in reading and reviewing on their websites or in forums. Do your research before sending query letters.
Good luck.
Take care, my friends. 🙂
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Envy

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss,
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger:
But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o’er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!

Othello by William Shakespeare

 

Crabs in a bucket

Did you know that crab fishermen do not put a lid on their catch?

If a crab tries to escape the bucket, the others will reach up and pull it back down. It is actually called the “Crab Mentality”.

Guess what? We humans do the exact same thing.

Envy is an emotion which occurs when a person lacks another’s superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it. In Latin, invidia is the sense of envy or jealousy, a “looking upon” associated with the evil eye, from invidere –“to look against”, “to look at in a hostile manner”.

I have watched beautiful and talented people pulled-down by those closest to them either friends or family members. Also, I’ve witnessed people within the business world squash their co-workers in fear of being “out-shined”.

Did you ever think that if one got to the top, they might reach down and help another? It could happen. We should be encouraging not discouraging . Think about it, all those crabs are doomed to die, but if they just helped each other they might not be in that predicament.

LIFT DON’T PULL.

Take care, my friends.