There are questions and discussions all over about Genres. Should we push to change ‘their’ rules? Are their rules too rigid? Does genre writing stifle creative juices? I personally would answer ‘no’ to all the questions.
Readers of Genres expect a certain consistency in a genre. For example I have had many discussions on the romance genre (my genre) as to whether you can write a romance without a happily ever after ending. Of course you can. It’s a free country for which we writer’s should get down on our knees and thank God every day. Unlike some countries we can write whatever we wish. So write your sad ending – just don’t expect to have it published as a traditional romance. Try to market it elsewhere. It’s not a difficult concept. It doesn’t speak less of your work.
One Dance with a Stranger – a contemporary romance with a happily ever after ending – because it wouldn’t be right without it.
But publishing companies know what their readers want. Romance has a huge following Publishing companies in the romance genre are not interested in controversy – they are interested in selling books which includes giving the reader of romance what they want. There is a massive amount of branches in romance from contemporary, to historical to erotica. We must just read about Harlequin’s success to understand the guidelines should be in place. Romance sells. Romance needs guidelines or becomes less successful. If a reader doesn’t get what they want – the will not continue reading that genre.
If you don’t like the rules, write another genre – or write ‘main-stream’ novels which covers everything in our countries of ‘freedom’. Writing is a lonely, often frustrating profession. Don’t fill your mind with unnecessary problems.
Write your story and don’t worry what the genre is if you don’t know. Just write to the best of your ability. Once your story is done to your satisfaction then figure out the genre and targeted market instead of trying to change a genre just because you think it needs changing. Who knows you might even be the founder of a whole new genre.
If you want to write an already existing genre – follow guidelines for any success. Leave it to professional sellers to figure out what changes might be made. And they aren’t always successful either. Failure is just a ‘learning lesson’, not the end of the world.
The story I am writing now, although will have romantic elements in it – won’t be a romance ‘genre’ novel. I will not market it as a romance genre novel or fight genre guidelines and rules. Seraphim will find it’s own niche.