What Genre Was That?

I was inspired to write my first fan mail tonight. I haven’t actually done it yet, because it’s not going to be a glowing email, and I’m not sure if I should send it. I thought the author did an amazing job and I’m already anxiously awaiting the next book in the series and it doesn’t even have a release date yet.

My complaints are with the cover and blurb the publishing house used. They’re horrible and so not worth the book they’re paired with. As a reader I’m appalled at the quality. As a self-publisher I can kind of see where they were coming from.

The book is in a genre that doesn’t really exist yet. It’s urban fantasy but kind of not, too.  I’m sure the only reason the book was published is because the author is so well known.

I’ve found myself with this same problem. The Amelia Bennett Chronicles are fantasy but not just straight fantasy. I end up using the category Contemporary Fantasy. They aren’t urban fantasy and they aren’t high fantasy. They’re…I have no idea. That makes it difficult to do covers, pick fonts, and write blurbs. There’s a lot tied into knowing what genre you’re in and if you don’t it can cause all kinds of problems.

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