Posts Tagged ‘genre’


New Adult

February 13, 2014

Last fall the publishing industry pumped its latest marketing move by highlighting a new genre of books: New Adult. The category extends young adult reads and takes high school students to college and beyond. New Adult fiction is designed for readers 18-25, and the content focuses on issues that particular age group faces: college, new jobs, relationships, breaking away from family life, and living on one’s own.

Although new, the genre has pushed books to the top of the bestseller lists, creating industry buzz. Critics call the genre a slap in the face to young adult and adult fiction, as well as a staged marketing move by the publishing industry. I disagree. Besides offering more to the bookworms of the world, breaking down genres can help organize and focus a reader. Offering a variety of books can only be a good think, in my opinion. Hopefully, new adult books will help catapult the publishing industry.

Who knows, maybe I’ll find a new niche for myself.


Kid-lit: the Breakdown

December 13, 2011

After reading my blog about genre, a few people asked me to comment about kid-lit. Basically, the genres are the same. However, when writing for children, an author must identify the age of the reader. This will classify the book as a board book, picture book, an early reader, chapter book, middle grade, or young adult. Within each group, there are particular genres, including classical literature.

Here’s the breakdown, although there’s no hard and fast rule:

Board books: up to 3 years of age

Picture books: 2-5 years

Early readers:  5-7 years

Chapter books: 6-8 years

Middle grade: 8-12 years

Young adult: 12-18 years

Then of course, kids become adults. Usually.


Genre? Where does your baby belong?

November 29, 2011

A book’s genre can be complicated. Often, people assume books are either written simply as novels or as non-fiction text. But they would be wrong. Books are categorized into lots of genres.

Next time you visit a library or a bookstore, notice the way they shelve non-fiction. There are usually sections on travel, religion, and history, just to name a few. Sometimes your book may have cross-over appeal. My non-fiction book: Soul Sunday: A Family’s Guide to Exploring Faith and Teaching Tolerance contains multicultural religious content, but is written for parents. Some bookstores shelve it in religion, but most toss it in parenting.

Fiction is a bit more complicated. Here are a few genres to get you started:


  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Realistic or contemporary fiction
  • Mystery
  • Crime
  • Historical fiction
  • Supernatural
  • Dystopian
  • Myth and fairytale
  • Poetry
  • Magical realism


It can be helpful to join an organization that specifically caters to one genre. Whodunit writers, for example, can meet for conferences and learn tools of the trade to improve their mystery. Identifying your genre and reading as much as you can in the same subject area will also help your own writing.