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message 1: by Charles (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 153 comments Like Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, my new novel uses a Sci-Fi idea with an action filled plot. Looking at the abbreviated synopsis below, what genre would my book, “The True Virus”, fit into?
“After the main CIA computer is hacked into, John Brookfield (CIA computer specialist), goes to Israel to work with Sarah Stein (Co-developer of DNA computer technology) to find out if the DNA component of the CIA system has been compromised. John is shocked when one of his fellow CIA agents in Israel has his BlackBerry hit by a bullet and the device explodes in his hand. Worst yet, an epidemic breaks out and the agent dies. With Sarah’s help, John discovers that a Hamas bioterrorist was the hacker who programmed the CIA’s system to produce the real live virus that caused the epidemic.”


message 2: by David (new)

David Fournier (mohawk1df) While this isn't an answer to the question you are asking. I think you are giving away too much of your book in the synopsis.


message 3: by Charles (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 153 comments David, I have a copyright on my book.


message 4: by Charles (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 153 comments Most responses I’ve received from other groups and forums have placed my novel in the thriller genre. By narrowing down the subgenre for, “The True Virus”, and calling it a biotechnical thriller, I was able to look for a publisher who was interested in this kind of novel. I stumbled across a small publisher by the name of “Spore Press”, which just happened to be looking for novels emphasizing biotechnical ideas.
Three weeks after I submitted my manuscript to them, they have replied back showing an interest in my novel. What I’m trying to point out for the purpose of this discussion is that by tailoring your book to fit a certain subgenre that a publisher is looking for, it can help to get your foot in the door.


message 5: by Steph (new)

Steph Bennion (stephbennion) | 182 comments The synopsis makes it sound a bit like Snow Crash, if I understood correctly the bit about 'hacker makes programme that produces real-life virus'.


message 6: by David (new)

David Fournier (mohawk1df) Charles wrote: "David, I have a copyright on my book."

Hi Charles,
I think there is a little mis-understanding. What I meant by my previous comment is that after reading the synopsis you provided, I feel I have read the book and don't need to buy it. You gave too much of the story away.


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