I'm in the process of rewriting all of my short stories and short short stories as I prepare for self publishing. I have well over 100 to work with. My feeling is that I should publish a speculative fiction book which would include horror, science fiction and fantasy. What are some other groupings I could use for my other stories? I'm assuming it would be a mistake to try selling a book of short stories with horror and romantic comedy.
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Tamara, thanks for the excellent information. I'm getting mixed opinions on what genres to include in one volume. Are you saying to have one book per genre? My thought was to do speculative fiction, a mix of horror, scifi, fantasy.
I was going to answer, but Tamara answered this perfectly already.
Kylyssa, thanks for letting me know that you feel Tamara has some good thoughts in her response. I appreciate the help.
Drama, Romance, and Comedy can be clubbed together. Thriller, action, and horror go together. Adventures may also be put in it.
Thanks Ellen. My concern is that a person might look at such a book and see a fair number of genres they don't like and therefore not purchase it. Would multiple books with similar genres in each be better than one volume w/ a wide range of genres.
That's a unique angle, Alan. Something that ties the stories of various genres together. Thanks for your response. That is very interesting.
Thanks for that input. Maybe most people aren't as concerned about this little issue as I seem to be. I just want to produce a book that attracts people, not one that turns them off.
I appreciate the confidence. So a book with 50% romance and 50% horror wouldn't turn off the person who hates horror or the one who hates romance?
No. As long as they are done well. A great horror short story is as good as any other short story. The strength lies in the writing or telling of it.