How do you know your book’s genre? Authors often don’t want to be pigeon holed = they don’t want to miss a potential audience. But when you are pitching your book, a genre is expected. What do you do? First of all, find put what’s put there by browsing a bookstore, online or on the high street. Common genres will include: Mystery: stories involving solving a crime – usually a murder. Romance: stories about love/intimacy. Women’s fiction: stories about women experiencing emotional growth. Next look at your book. Did you have a genre in mind when you wrote it? If not, with the above information, and what readers expect from each genre, where might your book fit? Which of the above audiences would be happiest with what you’ve written?