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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami October 12, 2015 - 2:28pm

Wasn't sure if this would be better listed as publishing or a self-promotion question. As I don't really plan to do much advertising. People that want to read it will find it.

My novella Uploaded Fairy is completely written. My question is this: The first half of the novella, I recently discovered the term Urban Lit, which to me seems more accurate to describe the first novelette.

The confusion is this: The second half is Science Fantasy. If anyone has ever played Final Fantasy 6 or 7, Star Ocean, honestly even Chrono Trigger.

On the Amazon catagories, is a novella able to be listed in both Urban Lit and Science fantasy. A seperate question is Science Fantasy a thing, or does it need to be listed under Science Fiction and then also listed under Heroic fantasy?

Otherwise I may have to sell it as two novelettes.

Or maybe that misunderstand is mine, as I assumed Urban Literary can't have fairies of death, and Dark Knights that want executes a princess's parents, and tries to take over the kingdom--in a virtual reality simulation within the otherwise Dark Contemporary narrative.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs October 12, 2015 - 11:34pm

Science fiction/fantasy

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs October 12, 2015 - 11:34pm

Science fiction/fantasy

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Chacron from England, South Coast is reading Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb October 13, 2015 - 8:59am

As I don't really plan to do much advertising. People that want to read it will find it.

 

I'm not going to tell you you're wrong, because people might search according to categories or keywords and find your book. However, my own experience has been that people have wanted to read my book, but they didn't discover it until I showed it to them, and some of that was done through advertising. You imply that you're at least going to do some advertising, so stop me if I'm telling you what you already know here.

As far as the categories go, I've had similar trouble deciding on exactly what my books are. You can take a chance on putting a book in a category that's open to interpretation. If you feel it belongs in science fiction and fantasy at the same time then do this. There is a risk that reviewers can criticise you for being in the 'wrong' category, but to be honest I've seen that happen to authors who were clearly (in my opinion) in the right one. The keywords you use on Amazon are arguably more important than the categories anyway, as it will drill your book down into sub categories and help your visibility if you can get a ranking within them. I hope that makes sense.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami October 13, 2015 - 9:30am

It's more I'm leery about advertising, but willing. Worried about having to many posters. (In the bedroom poster sense of the word.)

So basically, if I did: science-fiction addiction autobiographical-fiction decentralization dream-impacting-reality dream-scanners early-adulthood fairies prosthetics riches-to-rags wooden-shoes and so forth it makes it easier to find within that genre?

I'm honestly intrigued, as in buying books I never considered hashtags.

People are going to wonder why I suddenly switch genres in books two and three though. That's not including now with my increasing weird lit direction. Stories that can be summarized in a weird every day situation that doesn't conform to typical plot patterns.

Ex. How many different ways can you eat a chocolate bar. Taking a set up for a punchline, and making it tragic instead of funny.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like October 13, 2015 - 12:40pm

You even could make the advertisements look like clickbait articles about chocolate bar-eating methods.