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Writing the great american novel - part seven - genre

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There are many writing genres including, but not limited to, fiction, non-fiction, children’s, self-help, and spiritual writing. Most publishing companies will publish any of these with a few exceptions. Finding the right publishing company will take some research on your part. A trip to a bookstore or surfing Amazon can help.

If your niche is children’s, go to the children’s section and check out the publishers. You will find that a few publishers will start to stand out. Make a list and dig further with a website search. A lot of published authors will write reviews of the publishers they have used. This is especially important if you’re going with a vanity publishing house or self-publishing.

Knowing your exact genre can help. There are so many sub-genres from the five listed above that it pays to know what category your writing fits before searching for a publisher. There are a few websites that provide a complete list of genres. One can be found here.

Tom Clancy
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Tom Clancy

In fiction there are many genres:  Adventure, Allegory, Comedy, Crime, Epic, Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspence, Thriller, Tragedy...

Henry Adams
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Henry Adams

Non-fiction writings are based on real people, real facts, and actual events  Almanacs, autobiographies, biographies, diaries, encyclopedias, and memoirs are all genres of non-fiction.

Beatrix Potter
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Beatrix Potter

Children's books follow along with the same genres as fiction (excluding Picture books).  Poetry, Folklore, Action/ Adventure, Science Fiction, and mystery.  The children's author needs to know their target age group and write appropriately for that group. 

Stephen Covey
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Stephen Covey

Self-Help books come in a myriad of topics.  When writing self-help books, the writer should know that the topic will help some.  That's the ethical delimma.  Self-Help books are the largest selling genre.  

Billy Graham
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Billy Graham

All spiritual writing should be inspiational.  Whether it is about a particular religion, a fictional tale, words of encouragement, history,or a book on affirmations.


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