The Importance of Book Genre In Fiction

Okay so I’m sure you already know what a book genre is, but here are three important areas you might not know about:

  1. Market Potential
  2. Sub-Genres in stories
  3. Genre Structure
book genre list

Most popular genres

Knowing the industry is important. Whether you are self publishing or trying to find an agent that will publish you traditionally, you will need to know your target audience, and the genre you will be writing.

Sales revenue generated is an important factor if you are writing to get published.

More importantly, choosing the right genre is important if you want to make money from your writing.

Listed below is information I found from a Statistical Article written by Thomas Herold at the website Book Ad Report.

Book Publishing Market Overview
  1. Romance/Erotica – $1.44 billion 
  2. Crime/Mystery – $728.2 million
  3. Religious/Inspirational – $720 million
  4. Science Fiction/Fantasy – $590.2 million
  5. Horror – $79.6 million 

Sales = Success of your book.

You will have a higher chance of being successful if your novel falls in line with a higher selling genre.

For instance, look at the market size of Horror compared to Romance. If you write a Romance novel, you have almost 20x the amount of readers that might want your book.

Bigger market = More sales

In summary, if you are interested in making money from writing, then genre is an important factor you need to consider.

However, if you have an amazing book it will sell many copies regardless. And just because some novels are Romance, it does not mean it will be more successful. These statistics only show the demand by genre.

Multiple Sub-Genres

So you weren’t interested in writing romance before, but after seeing that the romance industry makes almost 20 times as much money much as horror, you can’t but having a slight interest in it.

So what do you do?


Mix your genres together.

Most stories have a core genre the plot is focused on and then multiple sub-genres that are integrated into the story.

Think about it, how many action moves also involve a love interest?

Too many…

Its always butchered because there’s no actual chemistry or romance and they always suddenly fall in love after the big explosion and-Sorry I’m getting side tracked.

Another example is the amount of stories that involve a mystery of some kind.

The point is, your genre is what you focus your story and its world on, but all stories have parts of other genres sprinkled in.

Sub-genres are like subplots.

In many cases, you can make a subplot have a sub-genre.

This will make your story more interesting by adding more to it. It also guarantees that more people will be willing to read it.

Not everyone loves science fiction, but they might fall in love with a technology based story of two crossed lovers.

Genres Structure

Depending on your genre, your story will need certain elements to satisfy your readers. What do I mean by that?

Some romance publishers will demand that a romance novel has a strict narrative structure, plot, and word count.

You would think that avid romance readers would find this boring. Think again.

If you want to publish traditionally, you might want to research any requirements they have based on genre before writing your manuscript.

Click Here for an article that goes into detail on each genre and some basic guidelines they need to follow

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