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Offline Newway12

Genre Specification on Manuscript Title Page.
« on: December 05, 2017, 11:53:17 PM »
I know, your suppose to list the genre, but how specific should you be? Is just calling it fantasy enough, or should I  get into subgenres (heroic fantasy, epic fantasy etc.) ?

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Re: Genre Specification on Manuscript Title Page.
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 12:11:35 AM »
You are?

Where did you get that specific information? I've never heard of it.
Seems to me you're meant to either send something of the relevant genre to a competition or open submission, and/or/anyway join acover letter that sums up the manuscript, which is where your genre and target audience should be defined.

Even if you were to send a manuscript to a potential agent, I assume the genre would be something you mention in the mail you send or the cover letter as well.

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Re: Genre Specification on Manuscript Title Page.
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 06:25:10 AM »
As for how precise you should be with genre anywhere you do mention it - how precise do you want to be? The point of genres is to convey information about genres quickly. If you think calling your work Epic Fantasy or Heroic Fantasy or Grimdark or whatever gets across a lot of accurate information, use those words. If you think they confuse the matter, don't.

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Re: Genre Specification on Manuscript Title Page.
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 07:35:46 AM »

I'd never heard that you were supposed to list your genre on the title page.

I think you're supposed to mention where it sits in the market in your cover letter... but I know nothing. Like John Snow

Offline Ray McCarthy

Re: Genre Specification on Manuscript Title Page.
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2017, 01:32:17 PM »
I know, your suppose to list the genre, but how specific should you be? Is just calling it fantasy enough, or should I  get into subgenres (heroic fantasy, epic fantasy etc.) ?
Not on the MSS or title page. Only in a covering letter. Be general. Actually there should be a typical retail blurb AND a synopsis of maybe one page that includes spoilers / ending. Those will make genre obvious. The actual MSS (file, paper or both) should only be the story. Pages should be numbered at footer. Also header have title, your name and email / phone, unless the recipient asks otherwise.
Also as others have said there are about zero opening for non-specific work, any open period for submissions or competitions (Publisher or Agent) is usually genre specific.

In general:
No MSS should be sent unsolicited, only covering letter, blurb and synopsis. If you really must!
Any MSS formatting and medium should be according to how the recipient has said they want it.

Note: The format for a submission is nothing like the format of a retail book, on paper or electronic. Create a COPY formatted to suit people you submit to.
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