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What genre groupings are best when publishing a collection of short stories?


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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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 8 months ago

    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.


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    Venkatachari M 8 months ago

    Drama, Romance, and Comedy can be clubbed together. Thriller, action, and horror go together. Adventures may also be put in it.


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 8 months ago

    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?


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 8 months ago

    That's a unique angle, Alan. Something that ties the stories of various genres together. Thanks for your response. That is very interesting.

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 8 months ago

    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.