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December 11, 2012

What are the challenges you face as a writer in your genre? by Stephanie Dorman Guest Post

What are the challenges you face as a writer in your genre?
by Stephanie Dorman
In writing my book, I found myself in an interesting predicament. My book was a combination of chick-lit and the zombie genre. As a female, I was prone to spending more time on the relationships between the characters, and developing them fully, than the whole ‘zombies are coming to eat your face off’ thing. I spent a significant amount of time scouring the internet looking for examples of books like mine. Where were the romances that took place in the middle of the zombie apocalypse?
I couldn’t find any – I found vampires, werewolves, witches and people with super natural powers. I found books that had some romantic type of undercurrent but nothing where the main focus was the relationships of the characters. Was it possible that I was creating a new genre, yet unheard of in the novel industry?
Then came publishing the book… you have to pick which genre you’re in. Was my book sci-fi? Was it suspense? How about romance? Was it all of the above? What happens when I can only pick one? More importantly, how will I market to my target audience? Are you reading this guest post rolling your eyes thinking, “Who would want to read a romance set in the zombie apocalypse?” or are you thinking that maybe this is a book you should read?

Right now – I don’t have the answers to these questions. It’s possible that my book becomes a best seller that creates a whole genre around it like Twilight. Or maybe I find out that there really is no demand for a romance with zombies roaming around. What I can tell you is that picking a genre is probably something that would have made marketing and advertising a little simpler for me and is something you should consider for your own book

Genre – Zombies / ChickLit
Rating – PG13
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