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What’s the Big Deal With Genre?

In Author’s Academy we teach more in-depth on genre, covering genre in general and the different types of genres. The following is taken from but does not include all of the material on genre in general.

 First, we need to explain Genre. It is defined in Wikipedia as: A literary genre is a category of literary composition. Genres may be determined by literary technique, tone, content, or even (as in the case of fiction) length. The distinctions between genres and categories are flexible and loosely defined, often with subgroups.

 In the Academy we cover the three main Genre (Children, Young Adult, and Adult) along with their subgroups.


 Discovering your genre will be a valuable aid not only in marketing, but in the writing and publishing of your book.

 Don’t brush this aside. When I first began writing I didn’t even know what genre was, let alone which one I was under. At best I knew that I was writing fiction.

 As time went on I began understanding the meaning and importance of genre. The more I learned, the better my writing and my marketing.


 Tip #1 – Take a close look at your writing. It is probably more than a single genre. And that is good!

 Tip #2 – Identify all the genres your book would fit within.



In my case I write both fiction and non-fiction. In the fiction arena my genres have been American History, and ancient history. But my writing genres are also: Adventure, Romance, and even some Mystery.

My non-fiction works have been on American History, Bible History, Politics, and How To.


Identifying your genres will be crucial when you get around to marketing your books. It will also help you in determining such things as your audience.

 For example, when launching an ad (say Adwords or Facebook) you’ll want to define your potential audience based on the genre. That is only one factor, but it is an important factor. You don’t want to market your book to people who aren’t likely to read it.

 As stated in the Principle it also affects your writing and publishing. In writing, knowing your genre keeps you on mark. Meanwhile in publishing, it helps you in selecting your publisher, unless you are self-publishing.

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R. Frederick Riddle is the author of several books. For more information on him visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured.

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