You know what age group you want to write for, you’ve got a pretty good idea who your main character is and you have an idea for a story…should you work out which genre the book will be in?

Different genres include:

  • Fantasy.
  • Comedy.
  • LGBT.
  • Thriller/crime.
  • Horror.
  • Steampunk.
  • Spy/ adventure.
  • Real life.
  • Science Fiction.
  • Historical.
  • War.
  • Westerns.
  • Love – for children, I don’t mean a full out love affair, I mean characters who love each other in a way children will understand (for instance, best friends, mother and child, etc).

And then you can mix them up.

For instance:

  • historical fantasy.
  • science fiction fantasy.
  • Steampunk horror comedy.
  • war crime thriller.
  • science fiction western.
  • fantasy comedy spy adventure.

The list is endless!

Personally, I think if you spend any time thinking about the genre you’re writing in that’s time poorly spent. Just start writing and worry about the genre later. Let your publisher worry about that. Maybe you’ll write something that doesn’t fit into just one genre, but two or three.

Unlike books for adults, children’s fiction is not separated into genres, but is on the shelves in age groups, so while genre is important, it’s not the most important thing when it comes to selling your book.

What’s more important is that it’s a great book that’s well written and appeals to your audience.