Book Genre: Choosing The Right One For Your Story

book genre list

Most popular genres

Knowing the industry is important. Whether you are self publishing or trying to find an agent that will publish you traditionally, you will need to know your target audience, and the genre you will be writing.

Sales revenue generated is an important factor if you are writing to get published.

More importantly, choosing the right genre is important if you want to make money from your writing.

Listed below is information I found from a Statistical Article written by Thomas Herold at the website Book Ad Report.

Book Publishing Market Overview
  1. Romance/Erotica – $1.44 billion 
  2. Crime/Mystery – $728.2 million
  3. Religious/Inspirational – $720 million
  4. Science Fiction/Fantasy – $590.2 million
  5. Horror – $79.6 million 

Sales = Success of your book.

You will have a higher chance of being successful if your novel falls in line with a higher selling genre.

For instance, look at the market size of Horror compared to Romance. If you write a Romance novel, you have almost 20x the amount of readers that might want your book.

Bigger market = More sales

In summary, if you are interested in making money from writing, then genre is an important factor you need to consider.

However, if you have an amazing book it will sell many copies regardless. And just because some novels are Romance, it does not mean it will be more successful. These statistics only show the demand by genre.

Multiple Genres in the same story as sub genre

So you weren’t interested in writing romance before, but after seeing that the romance industry makes almost 20 times as money much as horror, so have a slight interest in it.

So what do you do?


Mix your genres together.

Most stories have a core genre the plot is focused on and then multiple sub-genres that are integrated into the story.

Think about it, how many action moves also involve a love interest who is won over in the end. Most of them just because and not from actual chemistry… But still.

Or think of how many books involve a mystery of some kind.

The point is, your genre is what you focus your story and its world on, but all stories have parts of other genres sprinkled in.

This will make your story more interesting by adding more to it. It also guarantees that more people will be willing to read it. Not everyone loves science fiction, but they might fall in love with a technology based story of two crossed lovers.

Structure of genres

Depending on your genre, your story will need certain elements to satisfy your readers. What do I mean by that?

Some publishers will even demand that a romance novel has a strict story structure, plot, and word count. You would think that avid romance readers would find this boring. Think again.

If you want to publish traditionally, you might want to research any requirements they have based on genre.

Click Here for a website that goes into detail on each genre and the basic guidelines they need to follow

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