I thought I had resolved my genre: new adult romantic comedy. But as I’ve been reading and researching more, I’ve decided that ‘new adult’ does not accurately reflect the content, nor my target reading demographic. This could be in part because it’s still an evolving genre, so I’m finding different definitions and explanations. Based on what I’ve seen so far the kinds of books I read would not normally fall into this category. Consequently, the kind of book I’ve written wouldn’t either.
Sure, the main character is a woman in her early twenties. But she’s not just figuring out “grown-up” decisions for the first time. She’s been thrown a curve-ball and she rolls with it, forging out on a new adventure. It’s about landing on your feet when life doesn’t work out like you planned and maybe finding romance along the way.
I am a sucker for chicklit and women’s fiction, where romance is often not the main plot. This is the kind of book I believe I have written. I am now classifying my book, DOG DAZE OF SUMMER, as light contemporary women’s fiction, specifically romantic comedy.
And so I carry on, sending queries to agents and publishers, hoping someone will see the promise and ask to see my full manuscript.