Hoping to publish but don’t know where to start? How about picking a genre first.

By David Grete | May 19, 2020

When writing books for profit, you are not limited to a single genre. However, you must choose genres based on their profitability. In a previous article, we discussed fiction vs. non-fiction and concluded that fiction is more profitable, by far. Let’s go through the thought process of choosing a niche within fiction. By the end of this article, you should already have a solid idea regarding what type of book you want to write.

Top 5 Fiction Genres

As of 2020, the top 5 best-selling fiction genres are as follows:

  1. Romance
  2. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  3. Fantasy
  4. Young Adult
  5. Sci-fi

Choosing any of these genres would be a safe choice. However, our niching process doesn’t stop here. Each of the listed genres are very broad and encompass a wide range of sub-genres.

Finding a Niche

It is important to find a sub-genre to specialize in because first, it allows you to focus your efforts. By focusing your efforts, you can cater to a very specific audience and give them exactly the kind of book they are looking for. Second, it is recommended that you work within a sub-genre in order to raise your chances of getting discovered. There are literally tens of thousands of romance novels out there. In such a highly saturated market, it can be hard to even reel in your first reader. When you niche out to, say, teen romance, the number of books on the market shrinks exponentially.

Considering Your Abilities

You can use the above guidelines to objectively find a main genre and a good sub-genre. However, there is some subjectivity that must be injected into this process. For some of you out there, you may have rolled your eyes when I mentioned that romance is the top-selling genre. This probably means the genre isn’t for you. If you don’t like writing about it, your readers probably won’t like reading about it.

The abilities of every writer differ. Perhaps some writers use a more formal style of writing while others are more conversational. Tone, structure, and other elements play are big pieces of the puzzle as well. Don’t just pick a genre because you think it will sell the most copies of books for you. You need to find a best-selling genre that also matches your writing style. If at this point you’re still stumped, a good place to start would be to think about what kind of books you enjoy reading.

Once you’ve decided on a genre, start writing your book! If you’re planning on self-publishing, the easiest route would be to push your book digitally via Amazon. We have many articles here on Advise Author to help you get started.





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