Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Guide to Genres we Publish

Regardless of genre, all manuscripts acquired by Forever Love Books and Novelist Press fall into the Inspirational, Christian Fiction, and Biblical Fiction categories. All of our novels are written from a Christian worldview. We do not accept paranormal or horror. 
Biblical Fiction: The term Bible fiction refers to works of fiction which use characters, settings, and events taken from the Bible. The degree of fictionalization in these works varies. And although they are often written by Christians or Jews, this is not always the case.

Inspirational/Christian fiction: Characters in an inspirational novel are driven by their faith, whether the character is finding their faith, or the writer is using faith as a plot device. .

Mainstream fiction: Stories that can't be slotted into a particular genre. Mainstream fiction can cover any topic, in any time period, be any length, etc. Like genre fiction, mainstream fiction tends to focus on story, though usually with greater depth of characterization.
Fantasy and Time Travel: We will consider manuscripts in these genres if the plot can be strongly under-girded with scripture (Shane Johnson and MaryLu Tyndall are examples of authors who succeed in this).


  • Crime Fiction: Includes detective fiction (such as the whodunit), courtroom drama, hard-boiled fiction, and legal thrillers. Most crime drama focuses on crime investigation and does not feature the court room. Suspense and mystery are key elements that are woven throughout all parts of the genre.
  • Detective Fiction: A subgenre of crime fiction and mystery fiction in which an investigator or a detective—either professional, amateur or retired—investigates a crime, often murder.
  • Mystery: A genre of fiction that usually (but not always) follows a crime from the moment it is committed to the moment it is solved. Mystery novels are often called “whodunits” because they turn the reader into a detective trying to figure out the who, what, when, and how of a particular crime. Mysteries that do not involve crimes are of particular interest to us.

  • Amish Romance: A literary subgenre of Christian fiction featuring Amish characters, but written and read mostly by evangelical Christian women.
  • Cold case Romance: The focus of these stories is about reopening cold cases. The characters are working to solve crimes. While there may be dangerous situations, the plots don’t necessarily revolve around suspense--villains coming after the hero/heroine.
  • Contemporary Romance:  Subgenre of romance novels, generally set contemporaneously with the time of its writing. The largest of the romance novel subgenres, contemporary romance novels are set in the time when they were written, and usually reflect the mores of their time.
  • Historical Romance (also historical novels): A broad category of fiction in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past.
  • Inspirational Romance: Characters in an inspirational romance are driven by their faith, whether the character is finding their faith, or the writer is using faith as a plot device.
  • Romantic Suspense: Any genre romance that features a prominent mystery, suspense, or thriller plot. There needs to be a balance of both romance and suspense, so one aspect of the story does not overpower the other.
  • Sweet Romance:  Uncomplicated story about two people finding each other. They do have conflict and obstacles, however, that does not change how the characters [the hero and heroine] feel about one another (usually no sub-plots and only one-two main character POV[s]).
  • Western Romance: Any genre romance set in the American West. Plots generally center around traditionally Western activities such as ranching and rodeo. A western romance can be either contemporary or historically set. 

Southern Fiction: Southern fiction can be a part of any genre but substantially recognizable as contingent upon southern identifiers: geographic, social, cultural, as well as historical and linguistic contingencies that constitute "the South."

Speculative Fiction | Science Fiction: Speculative elements based on "what if's" that change the laws of what's real or possible as we know it in our current society, and then speculate on the outcome.

Thriller: A genre of fiction, having numerous, often overlapping subgenres. Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation, and anxiety. 

Women's Fiction: An umbrella term for books that are marketed to female readers, and includes many mainstream novels, romantic fiction, "chick lit," and other sub genres. It is distinct from Women's writing, which refers to literature written by (rather than promoted to) women.

Young Adult Fiction (YA): A category of fiction written for readers from 12 to 18 years of age (but approximately half of YA readers are adults!). The subject matter and genres of YA correlate with the age and experience of the protagonist. The genres available in YA are expansive and include most of those found in adult fiction. Common themes related to YA include friendship, first love, relationships, and identity. Stories that focus on the specific challenges of youth are sometimes referred to as problem novels or coming-of-age novels

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Happy plotting, planning, writing...and get published!

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