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Chapter Forty-Three

Blurred Lines

How to Write and Sell a Cross-Genre Novel

Michelle Richmond

For as long as any of us can remember, the term genre fiction has referred to work that fits neatly into a single prescribed category: science fiction, romance, mystery, fantasy, horror, historical, etc. But take a close look at any bookshelf today, and you might be surprised to see how much the lines between genre fiction and mainstream fiction—and even between certain traditionally compartmentalized genres—are blurring.

M.J. Rose, best-selling novelist and founder of AuthorBuzz, knows what it means to defy genre conventions. While some of her novels are easily categorized, others combine elements from such varied genres as romance, paranormal, and ...

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