Once again, I am going to join the writer’s blog hop called A to Z Challenge—
–but with two twists:
- I’ll spread them over a year not a month
- I’ll crowdsource the genre examples (through you)
Why my deviated approach
Normally, I post 2-3 times a week. This is a good schedule for myself and readers. A to Z requires six posts a week–double my norm! That buries my regular readers with far more articles than they usually read. This year, like last time, I’ll spread the 26 posts over months.
Help me crowdsource the books
This year, instead of searching for popular books in each genre, I’ll crowdsource them–include books as often as possible written by Indie authors. That means yours. Here’s how you get involved:
- Go through the list of genres (and subgenres) below. They are less common than the usual so you’ll have to read the definitions and decide where your books fit. If you’re close, that’s good enough. For example: If you write suspenseful historical fiction, add your name to “historical suspense”.
- In the comments, tell me your name, your book, a link to where it’s sold, and the genre it fits.
- If no genre fits your books, give me your favorites in a genre. I’ll still credit you with a linkback.
- When I get to that genre (between April 1, 2021 and about two years later), I’ll put your book in the list of examples with a link to where it can be purchased. If you suggested a book, I’ll link to your blog.
That’s it! I sure hope you play along with me on this!
Here’s the genre list (links aren’t live until publication):
A Academic novels — set on a campus
B Black Comedy — humor that touches darker areas of storytelling, such as death and fear
C Cozy plus — some swearing, a bit of cursing, sex and violence off camera
D Drabble — a work of fiction one hundred words in length
E Epistolary — a novel written as a series of documents.
F Family Saga — chronicles the lives and doings of a family or interconnected families over a period of time
G Girl adventure — a story about danger that involves females
H Historical suspense — set in a particular historical time frame and involves the solving of a mystery or crime (usually murder).[NOTE: Anyone write Sherlock Holmes stories?]
I Informal Essay — written for pleasure to help organize thoughts on a topic, to reflect on readings, to express different points of view.
J Jewish Fiction — fiction written about Jewish themes, religions, concerns
K K9 Mystery — a mystery that involves working dogs
L Lab fiction (lablit) — realistic portrayals of scientists and on science as a profession
M Magical Realism — depicts the real world as having an undercurrent of magic or fantasy
N Naturalism — stories based on the idea that environment determines and governs human character
O Occult — subgenre of horror involving witchcraft, wizardry, esoteric brotherhoods, and communication with spirits.
P Post-apocalyptic — set in a future time period where the earth as we know it ended
Q Quiet memoir — a memoir where the story isn’t too spectacular but the authors voice is
R Regionalism — a story where the region it takes place in is as much part of the plot as anything else
S Scientific fiction — fiction based on science
T Textbook — factual resources that teach a topic
U Utopia — where humanity lives in a utopia and technology has removed society’s problems
V Vampire Fantasy — strong supernatural elements and undertones of blood, sex, and death; includes vampires
W Wuxia — fantasy tales set within the martial arts traditions and philosophies of China.
X Xperimental Fiction — any fictional story that refuses to stay within the boundaries laid out by traditional realistic literary fiction
Y YA Romance Literature — romance written for YA that includes a teenage protagonist, typically female and middle-class
Z Quiet Zombie — subgenre of Zombie, offers a subtler form of fear, rather than explicit gore or violence. Also known as soft Zombie
Remember: If the book you’ve written fits into any of these genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include it and a link to purchase it.
OK. See you April 1st!
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.