This week Kelly and JJ begin their series on GENRE. This episode will serve as a general overview of “genre” as the publishing industry defines it.
- There is a difference between “genre” and “category.” YA and children’s fiction are categories because it contains all genres.
- The place where your book is shelved is dictated by the publisher, and is determined by something called a BISAC code.
- Our episode about voice and JJ’s post about the difference between literary and commercial fiction.
- Juvenile is everything that is not “adult”: picture books, early reader, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult. The biggest divide in the publishing industry is actually between children’s publishing and adult publishing. Very few imprints/houses do BOTH children’s and adult books.
What We’re Reading/Books Discussed
- The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The works of Lisa See
- Forever by Judy Blume
- Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly
- Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal
- The Pigman by Paul Zindel
- Prep by Curtis Sittenfield
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
- The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers (JJ reviewed it here!)
- Saga, vol. I by Brian K. Vaughan
What We’re Working On
- JJ is focusing on artwork and drawing as she waits for first pass pages and ARCs for Wintersong.
- Kelly is looking for more editorial work!
Off Menu Recommendations
- Murder She Wrote
- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
- Kingdom Hearts Unchained
- Season 2 of Daredevil
- Season 2 of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
That’s all for this week! Next week we will get more in depth with genre, starting with SCIENCE-FICTION AND FANTASY.