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J.S. Riddle (jsriddle) | 30 comments I write vampire fiction. Not romantic as per-se. The twilight books have changed people's opinions of it as have erotica. The problem is I am uncertain of what category to put my e-book in because it looks like the option to choose your genre and to search for it are two different things.

My assumption is dark fantasy. Supernatural, maybe occult of sorts. I don't find it for young adults because of some tough situations. (think Rice, King kind of deep just not as wonderful) Finding those for what I need to sell? Not so much. How does one go around it, (optional because I don't want to plug) and does someone thing my genre could be different and work in a better category? It is in e-format but through Createspace soon enough.
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Rinelle Grey (rinellegrey) I had the same struggle. I write Sci-fi romance, and though Amazon does have a category for this (futuristic romance), you can't choose it when uploading! Wish I had an answer. All I can suggest is to choose the most appropriate, and keep going. I believe there is some sort of algorithm that moves you later based somehow on downloads?


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J.S. Riddle (jsriddle) | 30 comments lets hope that algorithm gets to working or my sales might buy me a cup of coffee ;)


D.M. Andrews (author) Andrews (dmandrews) | 10 comments I find this doubly hard because I try to write all my books so they appeal to both adults and younger readers (confident readers). So although I might have a primary audience such as MG or YA, I don't want it to be limited to that.

But they don't do an "all ages" category. I have to choose between adult and children's. :(


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Michael Jecks (michaeljecks) | 9 comments D.M. Andrews (GoodReads Author) wrote: "I find this doubly hard because I try to write all my books so they appeal to both adults and younger readers (confident readers). So although I might have a primary audience such as MG or YA, I do..."

Richmal Crompton wrote for adults. It wasn't until her second collection of Just William stories that she was told she was an amazing children's author. But she never wrote down to her audience. She treated them as adults, just as Terry Pratchett does. Luckily, hopefully, we will all be found by our audience - whether we like it or not!


D.M. Andrews (author) Andrews (dmandrews) | 10 comments Hopefully, Richard. I don't hold back on vocabulary or sentence construction in my writing, though I keep everything suitable for younger children. Think Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, etc.


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Anne Pyterek | 9 comments Here's a stupid question. What is STEAMPUNK?

I think my stuff might be a strange fusion of that and litetary fiction...but I don't know!

It's completely ridiculous.


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J.S. Riddle (jsriddle) | 30 comments I never think who I write for or even specific genre till it has oozed from my thoughts to the computer. I could never function that way.


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Amazon and its categories can be very evil. Sometimes it's hard to decide where to put what -- I feel your pain. :)

To me, this sounds a little bit less paranormal, and a little bit more urban fantasy. I would definitely peg it adult (or maybe New Adult?), under either paranormal or urban; it doesn't seem very dark fantasy to me, but you could go that route.

Anne: Steampunk is awesome! :)

One of the best definitions, I think:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, and China Miéville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical Engine.
Steampunk may also, though not necessarily, incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The term steampunk's first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.
Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, and films from the mid-20th century.[2] Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.


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