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Site Spotlight: Sub-Genres

Hello Swooners!

In our last Site Spotlight, we gave you a breakdown of our exciting new website enhancements, including two genre additions: Sci-Fi/Fantasy and LGBT. There are also a host of new sub-genre options to choose from—Is your manuscript more steampunk or survival? Let readers know by categorizing it in the correct Adventure sub-genre. Feel like reading a good Paranormal romance specifically about mermaids? Simply select the Mermaid sub-genre in your manuscript search.

There are so many different ways to swoon! To clarify all of your new content options, here are some basic explanations of each sub-genre on our site:

 

Adventure

AdventureDystopic -  A romance set in an imaginary society where social or technological trends have culminated in a greatly diminished quality of life or degradation of values.

Military/War -  A romance in which the primary theme/action/focus of the plot takes place in a field of armed combat, or in a domestic setting/home front where the characters are engaged with the preparations for, or recovery from, war.

Mystery/Suspense -  A romance which is centered around a mystery of some sort. May include a crime, investigators, a process to uncover the crime, and finally the identification of the culprit. Elements of suspense and intrigue drive the romance forward.

Steampunk -  A romantic adventure set in a world with themes based on 19th century society and steam-operated machines.

Horror -  Meant to frighten the audience, whether  your romance unfolds in an overtly terrifying setting or a more subtle atmospheric darkness. Gothic romance anyone?

Survival -  A romance in which the characters must learn to survive on their own with a limited number of resources, encountering situations that require quick thinking, problem solving, and inner strength.

Inspirational -  A fast-paced adventure story that inspires the reader and evokes hope for love, often containing religious beliefs context.

Other -  For if you feel your adventure romance just doesn’t fit into any of these subgenres!

 

Contemporary


Contemporary.jpgBeach/Summer 
- Stories of realistic summertime/beachside love, set in the present day (usually after the World Wars).

School - Realistic romances that unfold in a present day school setting.

Holiday - Realistic romances centered around a specific holiday setting  (e.g. a tale of Christmas love).

Issue - Realistic, present day romances centered around a particular issue such as cancer or addiction.

Family/Friendship - Realistic, present day romances with the central theme of family and/or friends.

Mystery - A romance which is centered around a mystery of some sort. May be slower-paced than an Adventure mystery, or have a more domestic setting. Character relationships drive the plot forward, along with elements of suspense and intrigue.

New Adult - Realistic, present day romances with protagonists aged 18 to 25 years old— focusing on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and navigating college/career choices.

Inspirational - A realistic, present day romance that inspires the reader and evokes hope for love, often containing religious beliefs context.

Other

 

Historical


Historical.jpgCivil War/Restoration 
-  Romances that take place during the Civil War/Restoration period, with all the clothing, etiquette, and events of that historical era.

Medieval - Romances that take place during the Middle Ages, with all the clothing, etiquette, and events of that historical era.

Tudor - Romances, usually set in England, that take place during the Tudor period (the years during which England was ruled by Tudor monarchs, from 1485 to 1603)—with all the clothing, etiquette, and events of that historical era.

Regency - Romances, often set in England, that take place during the time period encompassing a particular set of morals, manners, and societal structure in the early 1800’s.

Victorian - Romances that take place during the Victorian era (the years during which Queen Victoria ruled England, from 1837 to 1901) with all the clothing, etiquette, and events of that historical period.

Colonial - Romances that take place during a historical period of colonization, with all the clothing, etiquette, and events of that era.

Immigration - Romances that take place during a historical period of immigration, with all the clothing, etiquette, and events of that era.

Western - Romances, usually set in the American west, that take place in a frontier and/or ‘open range’ setting (usually before WWII).

20th Century - Romances that take place during a period of time in the 20th century, with all the clothing, etiquette, and events of that era.

Czarist Russia - Romances that take place in Russia before 1917, with all the clothing, etiquette, and events of the historical era.

Asian Imperial/Dynasty - Romances that take place during a specific time period in Asian history, with all the clothing, etiquette, and events of that period.

Native American - Romances that take place during a specific time period in Native American history, with all the clothing, etiquette, and events of that period.

Inspirational - A historical romance that inspires the reader and evokes hope for love, often containing religious beliefs context.

Other

 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy


genre-scifipng.pngSci-Fi 
-  A story based on newly emerging or futuristic technological, environmental, or biological advances. For romances in which science, technology, space, and/or the future are central themes.

Fantasy -  Romances where myth and impossibilities abound, other worlds are explored, characters may have supernatural powers, and the laws of physics are challenged. Anything is possible.

Mythology -  Romances that draw from myths, often incorporating gods and goddesses.

Time Travel -  A romance that spans across two or more time periods.

Military Sci-Fi -  A romance that unfolds in the context of conflict between national, international, interplanetary, or possibly interstellar armed forces. Protagonists are often soldiers, and the novel may include intricate detail about military technology, procedure, and the ritual of military life.

Space Opera -  A romance with a melodramatic adventure set mainly or entirely in space, generally involving a conflict between opponents possessing powerful (and sometimes quite extraordinary) technologies and abilities. Settings, characters, battles, powers, and themes tend to be very large-scale.

Fairy Tales -  Romances that draw from fairy tales, such as Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast.

Quests -  A fantasy or SF romance centered around an epic journey or quest.

Alien -  A romance that incorporates aliens.

Political - A romance that unfolds in the context of a novel commenting on political events, systems, and/or theories by presenting a fantastic alternate reality.

Inspirational - A science fiction or fantasy that inspires the reader and evokes hope for love, often containing religious beliefs context.

 

Paranormal


Paranormal.jpgTime Travel 
-  A romance that spans across two or more time periods.

Angel/Demon -  A romance that incorporates the paranormal element of angels and/or demons.

Faerie -  A romance that incorporates the paranormal element of faeries.

Ghosts - A romance that incorporates the paranormal element of ghosts or spectres.

Shifter - A romance that incorporates the paranormal element of shape-shifting characters.

Vampire - A romance that incorporates the paranormal element of vampires.

Werewolf - A romance that incorporates the paranormal element of werewolves.

Mermaid - A romance that incorporates the paranormal element of mermaids.

Witch - A romance that incorporates the paranormal element of witches.

Inspirational -  A paranormal romance that inspires the reader and evokes hope for love, often containing religious beliefs context.

Other

 

LGBT

Novels in which LGBTQ romantic relationships are central to the plot. LGBT manuscripts may encompass any of the overarching romance other genres, so the available sub-genres in this category are:

genre-lgbtpng.pngAdventure

Contemporary

Inspirational

Historical

Mystery

Sci-Fi

Fantasy

Paranormal

 

To change the genre and/or sub-genre of your manuscript, simply go to your submission and click the ‘Edit’ button. Then, select the new Genre and/or Sub-genre from the scroll bar options. Once you have updated your category, make sure to click ‘Save Changes.’ And please, let us know if there is a sub-genre that we’ve missed, or if you have any questions. We’d love your feedback so we can make Swoon Reads the best that it can be!

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