Sunday, 16 July 2017

What category is my romance?

This month  I finally completed my novel. This started life as Lord of Shadows morphed into Dark Souls and now has the working title Soul Mates. 

Edited by the fantastic Miranda Kate and with some AMAZING feedback by incredibly generous RWA judges (I really find RWA contests worthwhile), redrafted, edited again (and again), my novel is finally there.

Time to slap a synopsis down and get querying.

This presents me with three challenges:

1) I've now written four complete novels and I've never yet queried. Because I always want to do one more draft and make it that bit better.  Apart from browsing the phenomenal Query Shark, my experience of querying is a big fat zero. 

2) I hate writing synopses. And I'm not great at it. That's another area of writing I need to practice. 

3) Categories. How the devil do I describe my opus? 

It feels to me like the romance genre has exploded over the last decade, and it's reflected in the categories now found in RWA contests: everything from Inspirational through to Futuristic.  

When I started Soul Mates it was most definitely Paranormal. No, it was Urban Fantasy. No it was...  what the hell was it?

Truth is, I find categories bewildering. 

It's a romance. Definitely. It's set in London. Oh, and Tir na Nog. It's contemporary, and it has Seelie and Unseelie. Fairies, and related types, for those who are uninitiated in Celtic lore. It has demons. It has goddesses. It has magic.  The main protagonist - Bree to her friends - is just 25. After teenage years spent in and out of psychiatric units, she's getting to grips with adult life.

New adult?

But it's not exactly new adult. Bree's a bit too aged and Kian... well, Kian's 400 years old. Not a teen heart throb by any means, even if he does read women's magazines.

Ah well, I'll work it out.  Suggestions welcome.


Miranda Kate said...

Romance Fantasy maybe. I find genre picking tough too.

Synopsis - did I give you tips on that? Nicola Morgan books both on how to write a synopsis and how to write agent letters. I liked them both.

For me the start point is, find the one sentence that sums up the crux of the novel's plot/story, and then build round that.

Email me to discuss if you need to.

Meg McNulty said...

Oh thanks Miranda, will take a look at that! X

Diane J. Reed said...

YAAAAAAY!!!!! I'm so excited for you, Meg! You are a BEAUTIFUL writer and this novel sounds wonderful!

Meg McNulty said...

Thank you Diane! Have just started querying.... eek!

Matte Blk, Catalyst4Christ said...

You needDseed, dear.