View Full Version : Speculative or Paranormal?

01-27-2013, 06:22 AM
Alright, I'm ready to query my MS from Monday, but I'm stuck on one particular detail...

The book is an MG novel called THE ENIGMA FILES: PHANTOM THIEF, and I've been pitching it as 'an X-Files for kids'.

Now, since paranormal has become associated with lovesick emos moping after sparkly vampires and the like, would my book be better suited pitched as speculative mystery?


01-27-2013, 06:31 AM
I'd probably call it speculative since it's doesn't sound like it's a straightforward paranormal. Speculative encompasses more than merely supernaturalism. Your MS sounds like fun!

01-27-2013, 06:36 AM
I'd say "phantom" conveys the paranormal element well enough without having to highlight it further. Why not just call it a spooky MG mystery or some such? (Spooky being for the X-files connotation.)

01-27-2013, 10:17 AM
If you call it a paranormal mystery, describe the story in the query and mention the X-Files, I can't see why they'd think it's a romance. Paranormal on its own is often used as a shortening for paranormal romance, but paranormal mystery is paranormal mystery.