View Full Version : What is "contemporary commercial narrative"

03-05-2012, 09:52 PM
I'm currently querying agents and trying to find those who are interested in the genre of my novel. (The genre is a little hard to pin-point; romance is probably the closest, though it is also a family drama and, unlike most romances, is written equally from the perspective of the male and female characters - in third person.) I've come across the term "contemporary commercial narrative" and must admit I have no idea what this means. What sort of genere is "contemporary commercial narrative"? Thank you!

Drachen Jager
03-05-2012, 10:56 PM
Sounds like Commercial Fiction to me, but I'd have to read it to be sure.

Old Hack
03-05-2012, 11:17 PM
I'd say it's commercial fiction set in our time. But if you think that romance is closest to your book's genre, then I'd go with romance.

03-05-2012, 11:18 PM
It's a non-paranormal story set in the present with a strong commercial hook. I'd caution against using "narrative" for the same reason you don't want to use "fiction novel". If it's a novel, then it's a narrative - you're telling a story. You don't need to be redundant. "Commerical Novel" or "Commercial fiction" is enough (provided you don't say "commercial fiction novel")

03-07-2012, 09:16 PM
Thanks. I'll stick with romance as the closest genre.