|Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 09:43 am: |
I am not sure if this has been discussed here before, however I did not see it anywhere. A large amount of the short stories and books I have written have become difficult to categorize into a specific genre. SO... if a story is based in a realm of fantasy, with a horror atmosphere, i.e. Texas Chainsaw Massacre in a Lord of the Rings world, would it be classified as Horror or Fantasy? I am just interested in finding out if anyone could help me out with my cross-genre difficulties. Theme or environment which determines the genre?
|Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 07:53 am: |
Bear in mind that what we call "genre" is as much marketing structure as taxonomy. If a horror mag publishes them, they're horror. If a fantasy mag, etc. When the times comes to market what you've done, then basically it's a case of "place your bets," as all you need is an editor who likes what you've done and thinks it fits into their magazine/publishing program. Be aware of the possibilities, but beyond that it's not something you really need be concerned about.
|Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 02:03 pm: |
so basically I should just shop it around to both markets and see who picks it up?
|Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 02:28 pm: |
No, you should shop it to the market you would most rather see publish the piece in line with your own goals, so long as it could conceivably fit that market. That's the market research part of your job.