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

  1. cam8510 profile image96
    cam8510posted 15 months ago

    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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  2. Venkatachari M profile image55
    Venkatachari Mposted 15 months ago

    I think one group can be of moral stories with some lessons that include ethics, social awareness and something spiritual. Romance and nature can be one group. But, you are well aware of all these things.

    1. cam8510 profile image96
      cam8510posted 15 months agoin reply to this

      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.

  3. Ellen Theo profile image84
    Ellen Theoposted 15 months ago

    Ghost stories always do well, or horror.)

    1. Venkatachari M profile image55
      Venkatachari Mposted 15 months agoin reply to this

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

    2. cam8510 profile image96
      cam8510posted 15 months agoin reply to this

      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.

  4. manatita44 profile image83
    manatita44posted 15 months ago

    I don't think so. Short stories are by nature varied and can be quite different. Bradbury became famous with short stories, but I believe he had them published all under one genre. Perhaps it's natural that they should differ, but all called 'short stories.' My best wishes to you bro, most are real masterpieces, especially the shorter ones. Much Love.

    1. cam8510 profile image96
      cam8510posted 15 months agoin reply to this

      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?

    2. manatita44 profile image83
      manatita44posted 15 months agoin reply to this

      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.

  5. alancaster149 profile image85
    alancaster149posted 15 months ago

    There was a TV series titled 'Tales of the Unexpected', where the range was broad but the endings were uncanny. A twist has to be introduced in each tale to give them a common factor, revenge being the background theme, i.e., 'he who laughs last'. That allows a variety of story lines on various themes including comedy or romance (betrayal for gain or sexual prowess with comic undertones).
    Your imagination is your limit.

    1. cam8510 profile image96
      cam8510posted 15 months agoin reply to this

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

  6. tamarawilhite profile image91
    tamarawilhiteposted 15 months ago

    Horror anthologies do sell, though there's a lot of competition. It isn't as bad, though, as general fiction like "vague mystery set in suburbia" or "funny anecdote but made up!" stories.
    Do group stories into the same genre so that one is horror, one is mystery, one is science fiction. Don't try to mix them all into one, so you can properly market the anthology.
    You can narrow them into tighter niches like "dark scifi"; I've sold such stories as horror, though, because a few editors see it as a good deviation from vampires, werewolves, ghosts. Or group into "funny scifi".
    Where possible, publish a few stories in different magazines or websites with a mention in the bio of the upcoming anthology to help market it.

    1. cam8510 profile image96
      cam8510posted 15 months agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. Kylyssa profile image96
      Kylyssaposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      I was going to answer, but Tamara answered this perfectly already.

    3. cam8510 profile image96
      cam8510posted 15 months agoin reply to this

      Kylyssa, thanks for letting me know that you feel Tamara has some good thoughts in her response. I appreciate the help.

 
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