Monday, February 25, 2013
Fiction/Ghost or Fiction/Romance/Paranormal?
So I posed the questions on Facebook and I got some pretty good replies. All I asked was which of the two genres do you like to read and by doing this I could get a guessestimate of how many liked one genre over the other.
One of our past clients and dear dear friend, Steve DeWinter, pointed out that according to the BISAC, there isn't even such a thing as a paranormal mystery. Ugh. Looking through the genres they have listed, it would only fit under either Fiction/Ghost and Fiction/Romance/Paranormal. I'm okay with the first but the second looks more like it but I really didn't like romance being the forerunner since this book isn't a romance novel per se. God this stuff is confusing.
So I wanted a few ideas on what exactly was a Fiction/Ghost and found this page at Goodreads. Yeah that looks about right. So I decided to do the same thing with Fiction/Romance/Paranormal and I found this interesting article on what is paranormal romance. Okay I'm getting it but still not 100% sure.
The book is a mystery. It has ghosts and it's built around a love story between a mortal man who wants to contact his dead wife. There are lots of ghostie things going on, it's one big mystery after another but the romance just isn't there except for the romance between the mortal and the dead wife.
And of course there's Henri the ghostest with the mostest having an affair with one of the mortal women, so there's two instances of romance going on but it's fleeting and not a big part of the whole scheme of things.
This writing stuff is harder than it looks.
So I found a list of book titles listed under paranormal romance at Goodreads I personally like humorous paranormal books. It would definitely fall in that category especially with the fun cover we're going to give it.
So this is why I'll get an author who says "My book is a fiction/paranormal/juvenile/crime/mystery/blahblahblah. God I hate it when they do that. You have to narrow it down to one, I want to scream. But they probably had a time with it just like I'm doing now.
Blah. I think I'll go get some work done to take my mind off this or I'm going to go crazy.