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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Book Proposals & Query Letters by Coleen O'Shea, Marilyn Allen

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Genre Mastery

Genre research and mastery is an ongoing process. Always do your homework. It’s important to know what your readers will be looking for in your novel and will expect from you as the author. If you’re writing a contemporary romance set in your hometown, you have the familiarity with the setting, local dialogue, dialect, and characteristics of the area to get you started. But if you’re writing genre historical fiction, you must steep yourself in the conventions of the period. You need authentic details to add substance and realism to your story. To achieve this, you need to do your research.
The following sections discuss some of the most common genre categories. For a discussion on children’s books, young adult, and humor genres, ...

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