30 November 2015



What genre does your book fit into?

Keep in mind there are many genres and sub genres that are evolving, but there are some fairly standard genres that people will veer towards.

The first thing to ask yourself when trying to find your story’s genre is:

“Is my book based on reality?”
If your answer is yes, you should look within the nonfiction genres. If your answer is no you should look towards fiction. For instance, if you’re writing a novel about the zombie apocalypse, your novel is fiction.

Once you’ve established whether your book is fiction or non, you need to dig a little deeper. Identify the key themes of your book. If your book is about DIY’ing around the house, you’ll have a non-fiction House & Garden book. If your book is about two characters finding love, you’re looking at a romance.

Fiction

Action & Adventure
Anthology
Children’s (8-12)
Children’s (under 7)
Crime
Fantasy
Fiction (General)

Horror
Mystery
Romance
Science Fiction
Short stories
Thrillers
Young Adult



Nonfiction

Animals
Art & Design
Biography & Memoir
Business & Finance
Computing
Craft & Hobbies
Food & Drink
Health, Mind & Body
History
House & Garden
Travel
True Crime

Humour
Literary Criticism
Music
Philosophy
Politics
Reference & Languages
Religion
School
Science & Nature
Sport & Leisure
War


For more in-depth and complete categories and genres, head to the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and browse the BISAC subject headings. Be sure to click through and identify your sub-genre too.

https://www.bisg.org/complete-bisac-subject-headings-2013-edition

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