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Oct 19 2010

Genres, Queries and Superhero Stories

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I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

The Great Geek Manual linked to a potentially helpful Writer’s Digest article about how to identify your genre and deal with ambiguous situations. In summary:

  • Identifying a genre in your query can help show the editor what sort of audience you’re aiming at and what sort of  “experience” you’re offering to them.  (My addition: identifying too many genres suggests that the author isn’t really clear why people would want to read the book).
  • Sometimes the genre isn’t 100% clear.  For example, Spiderman could be action, science-fiction or maybe romance, and Batman could be action, detective/crime, maybe horror and maybe science-fiction.  Pick a main genre.  For example, in most Spiderman stories, there’s romance and some scientific shenanigans on the side, but the main plot is usually violently stopping a villain.  In such cases, the main genre is probably action.

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