Thursday, May 18, 2006
Q & A 13 Which genre?
I have finished a horror/fantasy novel. Is it better to query it as dark fantasy, or horror/fantasy? I don't want to make someone believe that I want to be the next Laurell K. Hamilton, when my work leans more towards Stephen King. How is horror doing these days?
Evil Editor always finds it cute when his minions come to him with questions to which they expect serious answers.
1. Anything you hear about what is hot and what is not is sure to become obsolete between the time you start writing your manuscript, and the time the publisher you spend three years finding finishes wasting another two years getting the book into print.
2. Your agent or editor would prefer that you write the first in a string of books that lean toward you, than the 20th book she's seen this morning that leans toward Stephen King.
3. You're asking if you should query your novel as something it isn't, in hopes of increasing the chances an editor will request it. The difference between dark fantasy and horror fantasy is zilch. Don't sweat the small stuff. Now, on the other hand, if you query your 800-page cyberpunk short story collection as a 300-page romance novel, hoping the editor will request it, and get far enough into your book to get hooked before realizing she's been duped, you're an idiot.
4. If you want any chance of selling your dark fantasy, add a relationship, a couple sex scenes, and a happy ending, and query it as paranormal romance.
5. The "K" in Laurell K. Hamilton? Kinky. (Sorry, L.K., but it had to come out, sooner or later.)