Sunday, April 01, 2007
Q & A 107 Poetic Prose?
I refer to my MS as a literary novel. Just the other nite I was perusing my Usage and Abusage and came upon the entry "poetic prose". (Poe and G.K. Chesterton) Well Hot Damn, that fits me perfectly. The question is: should I, in future queries, refer to my novel as a possible candidate for the genre poetic prose?
1. Did you happen to notice whether you were in the usage section of the book, or the abusage section when you discovered this term?
2. Of course, it is better than saying you write prosaic poetry.
3. Mr. Poe still sells more books every year than anyone who writes like he did.
Authors don't get to declare what kind of prose they write. (Those who try look like idiots, because they're invariably wrong.) That's a job for critics, agents, and the people who make up the lies that go on the backs of books. Apparently you're unhappy with calling your book literary fiction. Don't be. Literary doesn't mean it's literature; it just means it's boring. My advice: add some sharks and a wolfman, and call it commercial fiction.