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RobertRun from Born in Detroit, Mi. Still living on Earth is reading Consumed, by Benjamin Barber May 10, 2016 - 4:07pm

Greeting Everyone, 

I joined the other day and I have been checking out the site. I'm 52 and I recently finished my first novel. I've been writing all types of things for a long time. In 2013 I finally committed to a long-form work and I'm submerged and spinning between not being able to believe it's finished and wondering what to do about finding someone to read it and get some reviews.

I found this piece on pitches and synopses, and I could probably appreciate further resources and ideas on how to properly present.

More pressing to me right now is trying to figure out which genre to categorize it with. Based on the categories in LitReactor I have so far chosen Subversive as the genre, but I'm not sure at all. I wrote the book for an audience I describe as my own adult kids if I had any. I really do need to figure out what the genre of this book is. If there are any resources here for figuring out what the genre for absurdist, contemporary fiction, impressionist/ symbolism is I'd love it.

Here are some of the other things I've written but never published over the years. Short stories, vignettes, articles, essays, Illustration-ready stories, Illustration-ready panel stories, poems, song lyrics (actually, my old bandmates whould not like that I don't consider them published.. lol), short screenplays, and a shit-ton of blog pieces.

But let's not make this introduction all about me. I have no idea who you are but if there is anything I could ever do for you by all means apprise me. I love collaborating and focusing on tasks.

I live in the Upper Midwest, near Lake Superior. If you are in those territories and you want to be in touch, then do so and I will reach back, for sure.






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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel May 11, 2016 - 6:36am

Welcome to the pit. Glad to have you aboard.

I wish I could be more help for you trying to figure out where your work falls. I think it may come down to finding two or three that are the most similar genres and then picking one, or even say that it's a hybrid between genres. It is a big thing these days. No one is simply one thing. It usually flirts with other types.

I wish you the best and hope to see more of you around these halls.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 12, 2016 - 1:39pm

Good luck finding genre/catagory.

I went with Satanic Generational myself.

Switching to Guillotine Western myself, or if the founding fathers switched to tje Guillotine post French Revolution. And how history diverges slightly.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 15, 2016 - 12:10pm

Hello and welcome.

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Caoimhe from Colorado is reading HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites May 16, 2016 - 4:13pm

Welcome from another newb. N grats on finishing the novel. You have my admiration. 

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. June 27, 2016 - 7:59am

Hi Robert. I'm from Spokane, Washington. I am retired and write full time now. I came to litreactor about sixty days ago, and I do not know if I introduced myself then, because it's all a blur. Genre is a big deal right now. IT is not so much for me, because I don't yet have anything that is together enough to market, so I am not worried about it much. In fact, I am blatantly negligent about genre. You know who knows is Richard Thomas. I took a short story class from him a number of weeks ago. He discusses genre a lot, very knowledgeably. I took his SHORT STORY MECHANICS class, and he was very generous with student to discuss their genre. Hope you are enjoying being in LitReactor. Sorry it took me so long to say hi. I was in shock for the first two months. gsr

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Holly Slater from Cincinnati is reading The Rules of Attraction by Brett Easton Ellis July 5, 2016 - 5:38pm

Hello Robert! Just wanted to welcome you aboard. I'm new as well. I think I registered some time ago, but only started actively particicpating about a week ago. I'm a full-time editor with not enough time to write, so getting active in the writing community has really helped motivate my writing. Visiting LitReactor and reading the columns is getting pretty addictive. See you around. 

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. July 5, 2016 - 6:01pm

Hi Holly. My name is Gail. Nice to see you. Look forward to reading your submission.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated July 17, 2016 - 2:22am