In the next several posts, and maybe once a week afterward, I’ll ask what your favorites are in different genres. I want the names of books that absolutely knocked your socks off, that you’ve kept for yourself and reread often, that will rate a 10 on a scale of 5.
Rule #1 to keep in mind: Don’t send me the name of a killer, must-read, A-1 book that’s only available electronically unless you’re willing to send me the electronic device to read it from. It’s true, I can download many of them, but after spending the day on my computer editing and writing, I don’t want to do my casual reading in front of my computer, too.
Each genre has several subgenres. Fantasy has “urban fantasy” as one of its subs, mystery has “cozy mystery,” romance has “historical,” etc. If you know the subgenre, include that information when you list your book. Also, several categories include almost all the genres, YA mysteries, YA romance, Christian fantasy, etc. So if I’m asking for adventures, for instance, and you have a great YA in mind, tell me it’s a young adult novel.
If you really want a gold star, mention the name of an author who has written a how-to in a specific genre. For instance, Leigh Michaels wrote On Writing Romance: How to craft a novel that sells. If you know of something similar for a specific genre, please tell!
Since I’m already behind on my reading, today’s hits will be yesterday’s news by the time I get to these recommendations, but I want to add them to my list. So, today’s call is for:
Although I read fantasy when I was younger, I’m weakest in it today. I didn’t even realize the genre was called “spec fiction” until recently. The subjects and subgenres have changed over the years, and books in this genre are exceedingly popular today. So many new authors write spec. I need to re-introduce myself to this fun genre.
So, you game? Tell me your favorites!