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September 17, 2010


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Piratepunk. What else can I say!? I gave up trying to fit into someone's idea of a genre and made up my own. And when I pitched it, to editor's eyes lit up at the words piratepunk, two agents grinned and said they got shivers...


Next, to take over the world.

Donna Cummings

LOL, Maureen. This post was written for you, even if I didn't know you yet when I wrote it! I love that the editors and agents shivered -- they knew it was a good story even if it didn't fit the prescribed genres.

And now that you've sold a book, you're going to be too busy to take over the world! (Whew!)

Liz Lipperman

Great blog, Donna. For non-RWA members out there, every year RWA has a contest called the Golden Heart which is very prestigious if you final. Several years ago, they had to add a new category called "Mainstream with Romantic Elements" for exactly the reasons you stated. There are a lot of writers who really don't fit the romance genre with all the rules. I sold to Berkley Prime Crime, yet I call my genre mystery with romance since that is a part of the story.

Some of my favorite stories cross the genre lines.

Thanks for the thought-provoking blog today.


Or, maybe, "SteamPirate"? Sort of Steampunk meets Pirate, with hotties....and maybe chocolate...and coffee......

Donna Cummings

Liz, thanks for mentioning the "Mainstream with Romantic Elements" category -- that's a great example. In fact, I remember how there used to be "long historical" and "short historical" categories years ago, so they've changed to keep up with what writers are writing now!

I can't wait to read your books. I love "mystery with romance" - it makes both parts even better together like that. :)

Donna Cummings

"SteamPirate" works for me! Especially if there's a side of hotties, and chocolate, AND coffee!


Nope, someone else has to do steampirate... I have more pirate than steam!

Donna Cummings

LOL, I don't think I even have steam right now! I put it all into the writing today. *makes train whistle sound* That's all the steam I've got!


Hey! Had to see if my odd bad luck with my posts going through was a thing of the past. LOL

The growing list of categories makes me think eventually we'll go back full circle and it will just be fiction and non-fiction once again. LOL Or maybe a numbering system like fast food to make it easy? Like, #1: Romance, #2, Mystery, #3 Thriller etc. And a Value Menu of options: Contemporary, Paranormal, Comedy, Historical etc.

Customer: "I'll have a #1. Oh, and from the Value Menu some Comedy.

Bookstore Clerk (nods): Do you want that super sized with a Happy Ending today?

Customer (blinks in surprise): Of course! Doesn't everyone?

Clerk (sighs sadly): You'd think so, wouldn't you? But not everyone agrees.

Donna Cummings

Melissa, I'm so glad you've beaten the blog gremlins! Finally!

And I'm dying laughing at your Value Menu - that is brilliant! LOL And so easy to work with. :) When it happens, we can say "Melissa predicted it here first!"


Yep, I think it would simplify things. LOL It's how we should submit too. But lots of kinks though...still debate for what's the main category and rates a Number and what's an extra? Darn. Back to square one. LOL Throw it all together as a buffet? :)


Sounds like a menu in a Chinese restaurant! Love it!

Donna Cummings

Melissa, I could go with the buffet/smorgasbord/salad bar idea. LOL Or a food court -- everyone can pick what they like that way!

Donna Cummings

Maureen, between you and Melissa, I am STARVING now!


Mine could fit into a couple categories...I go with the most obvious, but I could regear it if need be.

Donna Cummings

Colby, I have a book like that -- although the thought of regearing it makes me whimper. LOL

Tracy Roper

I'm a little late to this posting but wanted to add I have some writer friends creating their own genre: Feline Erotica Crime Solvers. It's a niche market but sure to be the next big thing, right?

Donna Cummings

Tracy, that's definitely genre-bending! Which part is the Erotica? The crime solvers, or the felines? LOL

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