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Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / What genre?
« on: June 16, 2011, 05:04:43 PM »
I've just finished reading The Time Traveler's Wife (yes, the US spelling with one L), by Audrey Niffenegger, and a damned fine book it is, too. I wonder how she sold it to a publisher.

Time travel, a genetic mutation that causes Henry to slip back and forth in time ... sounds SF to me, but nowhere on the cover does it classify it as such. I know Ms Niffenegger is a bit on the literary side, but nonetheless, at its heart is it is a sci-fi love story – the love cannot work without the time travel.

I wish publishers - and agents , in particular - were less fearful of sci-fi entering the mainstream. Looking through the Artists & Writers’ Yearbook, there is a multitude of agents and publishers that specifically state ‘no SF’ in their requirements.

Years ago I wrote a novel that was a thriller with a time travel element, and you should have seen the rejection letters I got – “WE SAID NO SI FI, DIDN'T WE?”
Actually, it wasn’t that well written, but it would have been nice to get rejected for the right reasons.

OK, I'm a newbie, and posting this here is a bit of a cheek. However, such things rarely put me off.

Due to reasons explained here I have decided to publish my novel Pike's Quest as an on line serialisation.

Twice-weekly instalments will be posted on the Pike's Quest site and will be announced on Twitter. Future instalments will be shorter than the initial first instalment.

I would welcome any feedback and comments (keep 'em clean, please) either on the site comments link, beneath each instalment, or as a reply to this posting, right here.

If you follow me on Twitter - @kj_bennett – you’ll know when the next instalment is posted.

I thank-you for your kind indulgence.

[EDIT - links now fixed and working]

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