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derektjames
09-11-2012, 11:54 AM
I'm currently toying around with a new idea for a novel, and have written about fifty or so pages. However, it's a bit of a departure from most of my genre stuff that I've written before (sci-fi/fantasy).

My question is how would one go about query a novel that takes place in contemporary America, with no discernible genre? For reference, my story is about the meteoric career trajectory of a sports publicist who is thrown into the lavish world of professional athletics. I suppose it is most comparable to Moneyball, but completely fictional.

What sort of agents would I query on this? How would I introduce my novel? Would I just call it "a general-fiction" novel? It's definitely dramatic, but also has lots of dark humor. Yet I've never really heard of novels being reffered to as "dramas"...

Scribble Orca
09-11-2012, 12:14 PM
Sports contemporary.

Terie
09-11-2012, 01:16 PM
Mainstream.

Cyia
09-11-2012, 02:17 PM
contemporary
mainstream
commercial

KellyAssauer
09-11-2012, 02:50 PM
derek,

Take a look at this list,
it maybe helpful.

What category (or genre) is my writing? (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7263635&postcount=40)

KTC
09-11-2012, 02:55 PM
Write it.

Then worry about things like this.

Ken
09-11-2012, 03:22 PM
... it's not a must that you define novels and follow the cookie-cut query model. When you pitch yours tell agents what the story is about and let them decide. Since you're not sure that may be the best way to go. If an agent specializes in this or that and sees that your story contains this or that then that'll be enough, so long as your story measures up. G'luck.

blacbird
09-14-2012, 12:09 AM
Dear (Agent):

I wish to submit my unpublishable novel for your consideration. Enclosed is a pre-made rejection slip and an SASE.

Thank you.

caw

veinglory
09-14-2012, 01:48 AM
mainstream
contemporary

If it genuinely defies categorization, it will be hard to publish and impossible to shelve. That's why these catch all categories exist.

KTC
09-14-2012, 03:09 AM
Dear (Agent):

I wish to submit my unpublishable novel for your consideration. Enclosed is a pre-made rejection slip and an SASE.

Thank you.

caw

Oops...your cawer's a bit stabby. ;-)

Jennifer_Laughran
09-14-2012, 09:27 AM
What's wrong with "Fiction"?

Old Hack
09-15-2012, 09:09 AM
I agree with Jennifer.

But if you've not even written the novel yet, you've got a long way to go before you need to ask this question.

GiantRampagingPencil
09-15-2012, 10:16 AM
Sometimes the story writes itself in ways we can't predict. It may end up sneaking up on a genre with little unintended feet.

Susan Littlefield
09-15-2012, 10:09 PM
What's wrong with "Fiction"?

You mean just saying it's fiction and not naming any genre? I think that's a great idea. Let's hope a writer does not call it a fiction novel, though. :D

WeaselFire
09-16-2012, 06:40 PM
I'm currently toying around with a new idea for a novel, and have written about fifty or so pages.
Write 250 more then figure it out.

Jeff