How does one presume?
It sounds like it could be literary fiction, yes. When you're not sure what your genre is, the next step is to think about what other published titles your book is similar to. What books do you think have the same audience as yours? Now look at the genre of these published books: where are they shelved in the book store? When you look at the jacket copy, how is the book described? Who are the writers who've blurbed it, and what is their genre? Where have most people shelved the book on Goodreads?
Sure, there are genre-benders out there, but it is often much more challenging for them to capture the attention of readers. After all, a book can only live in once place in the bookstore.
Nevena from BC
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It's a misconception that "commercial" fiction is written by people who don't care about excellence in writing, or character development, or "bigger issues." You can find all of those in some (not all) mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, historical novels. Most writers I know want to write as well as they can; some are excellent in stylistic terms; most are strong on character development, and most engage with serious issues. But they do so in a way that makes their work attractive to the readers of these other genres in addition to writing well crafted stories with complex characters and considerable depth of thought.
C.S. Lewis pointed out many decades ago that the elements of literary excellence are found in all books that readers actually read--because they're useful in making books readable and enjoyable.
My latest story: Sepp
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