I have been working on my very first book for over two years now. I hope to have the book published by January of next year, but we’ll see how it goes.
I just have one problem… This is going to sound very…well I’m embarrassed to ask this. I am having trouble finding a literary agent because each agent prefers to represent books of a certain genre. What if I don’t know what genre my book is?
You see, the story is as deep and original as it gets; there’s nothing out there like it. It is psychological, fantasy, holds some sci-fi aspects, has a dystopian setting and government, is heavily emoted, and the story line is a mystery. It fits in with not one of those genres as a whole–it is just way too different.
So how do I decide on a genre? Is there an agency that represents most of the genres I mentioned above? It would be so helpful to hear back from you, and thank you.
Good for your for getting your first book written. Or almost written.
The choice of genre can be a bit mysterious, particularly when a book seems to cross more than one. And you do need to be sure that the agents you approach handle your type of fiction.
Of course, the definition of genre isn’t exact. The classifications of fiction, non-fiction, creative fiction, romance, western, mystery, etc. etc. etc. are just that, an attempt to fit books into a particular class which makes it easier for the marketing people to understand what they’re doing. Most books cross several lines.
You might begin by deciding what genre your book is not and see where that puts it. For example, from your description it’s not a western. It’s also not a romance although there may be romance in it. The romance genre is pretty specific – they find each other, almost lose each other and come together with steamy sex. There are sub-genres like suspense in the romance field.
It really sounds to me like it falls into the fantasy / science fiction genre and may be actually be a break-out book – one that starts in one genre and breaks out into another. Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb has what I’d call suspense romances set in the near future – mostly written for women.
I’d probably start by picking agents who handle fantasy / science fiction and show some sign of being open to bigger ideas. I’m not sure how you’ll tell that, but if you read their listings and their websites and blogs, you’ll probably be able to get a feel for what they want and decide if it fits your book or comes close enough.
Good luck and let us know what happens.
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