Over the last few weeks I have sent out a number of Query letters. (For those of you who do not know, query letters are basically a sales pitch for your novel.)
For me this has been the most difficult part. I have had one positive response (a request to read the entire story) Still waiting on their response. I have had eight rejections (which is to be expected). At this point I have eighteen still out waiting for a response. This is a nerve wracking wait by the way.
With all of that said and researching agents I have discovered that I truly do not know exactly what genre my story fits in. There is Commercial fiction, Literary fiction, upmarket commercial, upmarket literary, fantasy, new adult, young adult, paranormal thriller, mystery, historical. Oh good grief.
I have a very cool story about a girl searching through her past to discover who she is and move forward. A connection to the Salem Witch Trials and family and friends full of secrets. Nothing is what it seems. Plus romance. I honestly don’t know what genre it fits in. When I wrote my story, I didn’t write with a specific genre in mind, which is making it very difficult to figure out who to query.
Reading and studying genre’s I can tell you that my story falls into the following categories without one prevailing over the other:
First, Drama. There is drama,
Fantasy – Witchcraft, magic. Yep Fantasy
Horror – Well maybe not horror, but scary in parts.
Legend – based on real events and real people.
Mystery – duh duh dum…. uncovering essential elements till the very end.
Realistic fiction – Everything is as real as possible when telling a story about magic, but it a real world setting.
Romance – yes. in fact there are two guys in love with the same girl. Who will she chose?
Series – yes, I have so much more to her story.
Here hoping I can figure out where my story fits soon.