Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction?

Knowing how to categorize your work is one of the most important skills a writer needs to know–especially while querying. Here’s an infographic to help. It’s not perfect and there are many places that writers won’t fit into and that doesn’t mean it’s not a marketable book. However, learning how to market yourself starts with knowing where your book stands and where it will sit on bookshelves.

Fiction Category Infographic

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Cover Reveal: LOSING THE LIGHT by Andrea Dunlop

I can’t wait for everyone to read this book! It’s THE VACATIONERS meets THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY. Get ready to pre-order right here!

First step: the cover reveal for LOSING THE LIGHT!

 Losing The Light - Final Cover

Coming February 23rd, 2016 from Atria Books 

Thirty-year-old Brooke Thompson prepares to leave Manhattan and her 20’s behind to move upstate with her fiancé, when she receives a friend’s startling invitation to a party honoring French photographer Alex de Persaud. His name pulls her headlong into a glittering, painful past she has long tried to forget. At the party she finds that the man who was once her single-minded obsession doesn’t remember her. Shattered by his apparent disavowal of their time together, Brooke still can’t resist accepting his invitation for a date the following week. Catapulted back to her youth, Brooke relives the events of a decade before when she spent a year in France following a disastrous affair with a professor. There she develops a deep and complicated friendship with Sophie, a fellow American and stunning blonde whose golden girl façade hides a precarious emotional fragility. Their lives are forever changed when they meet sly, stylish French student Veronique and her impossibly sexy older cousin, Alex. The cousins draw the two girls into an irresistible world of art, money, decadence and ultimately, a disastrous love triangle that consumes them both. Of the two of them, only Brooke ever makes it home.

Losing the Light is a smart, sexy, thrilling novel. Andrea Dunlop’s debut brilliantly captures the tension and sharp edges of female friendships, infatuation, and life abroad. You will feel transported to France, as if you yourself are speaking French and drinking a little too much wine with your best friend and a dangerously handsome man.”

-Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever Interrupted

“It’s got Gainsbourg’s ‘Sea, Sex, and Sun’ plus red wine and betrayal—a compulsively readable debut about forever friendships that can’t last.”

–Courtney Maum, bestselling author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

“Andrea Dunlop’s captivating debut ardently delivers the thrill and joy and exquisite pain of being young and in love: with a friend, with a lover, with a country, with a life, with the future. I felt myself twenty and in France with nothing but heady enchantment before me… utterly transporting.”

-Laurie Frankel, author of Goodbye for Now and The Atlas of Love 

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Publishing: Where Art Meets Commerce

Publishing is a very fine balance of discovering and nurturing literary talent while finding a way to commodify and disseminate to the masses.

I wholly appreciate literary fiction, but fiction that borderlines on experimental is difficult to sell in commercial publishing. Experimental fiction plays with form, voice, technique and style. This is to be distinguished between high-concept and genre developing fiction which can be super commercial.

I note the differences because when you search for an agent and seriously pursue trade publishing agents and editors are looking for authors and styles they can sell to editors whose publishing house can then sell to consumers.

Publishing is not creative writing. Publishing is where art meets commerce. Continue reading Publishing: Where Art Meets Commerce