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Where do I fit?!

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Where do I fit?!

Postby RichT » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:27 am

I've just published my first novel on Amazon ("Weaving Tangled Webs" by Richard T. Foster) and am now realizing, not before time, that, when you self-publish, a marketing strategy is a must-have! My problem is that my novel is a romance, written by a man, with a male protagonist. Yes, there are (at least) two strong female characters involved but the book is largely written from the male standpoint. Have I unknowingly strayed into chick-lit territory and, as a guy, am I even qualified to do so?! Yes, it's easy to suggest that it will sell if it's good but I really need to try to narrow things down a little. Any advice on a sub-genre would be very welcome.

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Re: Where do I fit?!

Postby pls » Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:58 pm

Without sampling it, I'd be hard-pressed to say, but I would suggest "romance", "male romance", or perhaps "erotic" could be possibilities, or even "literary". Dunno about "chick lit". Let's hope not, lol.
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Re: Where do I fit?!

Postby KerriFF » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:55 am

There is a huge market for "erotic" fiction these days and having a romance written from a male perspective just might give you an edge in that genre. If you can swing it that way, it might work out well for you.
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Re: Where do I fit?!

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Re: Where do I fit?!

Postby RichT » Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:20 am

Thanks, Paul, Kerri and Metilda for taking the time to provide some really useful suggestions and constructive feedback. My book is not overtly erotic in the Fifty Shades' dominance/submission, sadism/masochism sense but more about a young man who enters a steep learning curve about sex, love and rejection. Yes, sex, love and lust provide the main ingredients so I'll pigeonhole it in 'Erotic Romance' for now.

I guess that I'll have to wait for feedback from a few readers and let them decide into which sub-genre it fits best. Therefore, my next question must be: Is my book sufficiently erotic for it to qualify for a place in the Erotic Romantic Fiction genre? Please read, review and advise.

For now, as you suggest, Metilda, I'll stick my book on Goodreads and see what happens.

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