A really, really great thing has happened, mostly thanks to the ease and lack of risk involved in digital publishing: the genres are blending and blurring into whole new, never-before-seen categories within their rigid guidelines.
Once upon a time, genres not only had strict conventions for storyline, subject matter, there were even acceptable limits for word count. This was back when any book that was lucky enough to get published had to first run the gauntlet of agents, acquisitions editors, content editors, editorial boards, even the advertising and PR guys within the publishing house. Basically, if it was too risky in terms of content, it was too risky to invest in publishing.
Thanks to the boom in self-publishing and digital publishing, authors and publishers are somewhat more free to experiment, to take risks, and to encourage whole new readerships with unconventional books. The age-old romance novel with…
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