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Susan Renee (susanrenee) | 2 comments How do I know where my book fits in? Are there guidelines somewhere that I need to follow? My book has three "adult" scenes that are not very explicit at all...so how do I know if I'm in the NA or contemporary genre (what's the difference?) or if I've crossed into the erotic genre? (Where I don't think I want to be)?? I'm new at this. Can you help?


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Dwayne Fry | 4305 comments Mod
Moved to the Author Help folder.


message 3: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) NA is one of those new and dare I say "trendy" genre that encompasses the ages of 18-25, AKA the pre-"real" adult years when you still pay high insurance rates and live on ramen. It's more of a modifier. You can have NA contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, etc, but although it is unspoken, it seems to require a romantic plotline.

Contemporary just means your book is set in modern times and has no fantastical elements.

Erotic is going to be based on how explicit the sex is and how important it is to the plot.

What might be best is if you give a synopsis of your book. Got a blurb yet?


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C.B. Archer | 1090 comments Mod
You don't need to fit in! That is the great part of writing. You can be your own idea, let your book be your book.

I don't think three not very explicit sex scenes in a book make it erotica though. You need not worry about that. (Unless they are 50 pages each, and the book is 160 pages)


message 5: by Dwayne, Head of Lettuce (new)

Dwayne Fry | 4305 comments Mod
C.B. wrote: "You don't need to fit in! That is the great part of writing. You can be your own idea, let your book be your book..."

Agree with this, but depending on how she wants to publish it would be good to know what genre to put it into. I seldom think about genre before I start to write something and the end product often doesn't fit neatly into any genre. But, when I go to publish on Amazon, they always ask what genre I'm putting it into.

Now, I do understand why some concern themselves with genre. It makes it much easier to market a book and find the audience. I have to wait for my audience to find me.


message 6: by Micah (last edited Aug 11, 2015 04:51PM) (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 1042 comments What's the closest book(s) you can think of to yours? What kind of books inspired it? I'm sure you read, so you should know what's closest to your work.

While you don't need to fit in snugly to any specific genre, you do have to pick categories when you distribute the book. Even bookstores and libraries want to know where to stick a book.

So don't let the sex scenes preoccupy you. Define for yourself what the book's most important themes and concerns are and base the genre category on those.

Romance is probably the most clearly and narrowly defined genre. The protagonist's romantic life must be the primary focus of the story. And it must have a Happily Ever After, or Happily For Now ending.

Erotica must focus on lust and desire and explicit sex, but all that must be done within the confines of an actual story, it should at least have literary pretense...pure out and out sex for sex's sake is porn, not erotica.

After that, the whole genre thing get kind of muddy!


message 7: by Owen (new)

Owen O'Neill (owen_r_oneill) | 1509 comments If your book has sex scenes that "not very explicit at all" (making allowances for people differing on what "explicit" means), it is very unlikely to have crossed the line into erotica.

Nothing in genres is clear cut, but to be erotica, sex pretty much has to be the primary focus of the narrative and and the main (or major) source of conflict or tension. From what I've observed (for example) the difference between romance and erotic romance isn't the sex (there appears to be a ton of sex in both -- unless it's what I guess they call "clean" romance) and sometimes the sex is almost equally explicit, but in erotic romance the origin and focus of relationship seems to be sex, and conflict is resolved thru sex.

As to the NA question, I have no idea. And no, there isn't a firm set of guidelines. If you want people to find your book, seek out books that are similar, and classify yours accordingly. Keep in mind that you can straddle genres, and many authors do.


message 8: by T.L. (new)

T.L. Clark (tlcauthor) | 727 comments I'm presuming your self-publishing on Amazon. Yes, you do need to pick a category to put on there. It helps people find your book.

Definitely not erotica; that tends to be hard core lust!

Some sort of romance, quite possibly NA. And then you can choose a sub category.

Tip; look through the categories on Amazon dot com.
You will see what other offerings there are.
Also, you'll see which has fewer books; always good to go with that sub category, so you have a chance of being seen.

Also, there's sneaky keywords they ask you for.
Do NOT make up your own.
The hints are really well hidden, and I've only recently discovered them...
https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A...
These words actually have a side bar in the romance section, so if you have particular characters/plots people want to see these will pop up in those lists.

Good luck!


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