Hey, guys! Carrie here.One thing we always get asked is, "What's the difference between a genre and a category?" I thought it might help to do a little infographic, using our stance on the matter. :)



I know it's a little difficult to read, but I hope it helps. :) Have a great week!


P.S. Do you have a New Adult manuscript nearly polished? Entangled Publishing will be here for a contest on June 5th, and they'll be looking for perfect pitches ( ≤ three sentences). Better start preparing... ;)

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  1. I'm wondering about RWA's definition. If a story has a central love story but a bad ending (eg, couple dies, couple splits on bitter terms, etc.), what does it become?

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    1. it becomes Women's Fiction, or Drama I would suppose. All romance books have to have a Happy For Now or Happily Ever After Ending!

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    2. Ditto what Yolanda said. :) A romance without a HEA (happily ever after) would definitely be the exception to the rule.

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  2. I love when you do these infographics, Carrie! <3

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    1. Thank you, Juliana! I learn visually, so I thought it might help someone else. <3

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  3. I love this! I wonder how the YA novel Forbidden would be placed. It's most definitely a romance, but it doesn't have a happily-ever-after ending. More like a I-can't-stop-sobbing-for-five-days- after-reading-it ending.

    Too bad Amazon didn't think of NA as a category. Instead, they treated it as though it's a subgenre of romance. :P

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    1. Thanks, Stina! RWA's elements make me think about The Fault in Our Stars, too. It has a pretty central love story, but the ending is a (brilliant) soul-stealer.

      Of course, most genres are a bit more forgiving now than in days past...

      Maybe Amazon was waiting for an infographic. ;)

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    2. Yes, that was another romance that tore me apart. :D

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    3. Stina...YES!! I HATE that Amazon put it under romance instead of making it a CATEGORY of it's own with it's own genres, 'cause guess what? Not every NA is going to be romance. SO frustrating.

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  4. Visual little ol' me loves this. Great post!

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    1. Yay! I'm glad to hear that. Thanks, Melissa! :)

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  5. Carrie, I think the illustrations in this post need to go viral. They are awesome!

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    1. D'aww... thanks, Faith! I appreciate that. :D

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  6. Killer graphic! People are so confused about NA, this really helps.

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  7. Perfect, Carrie! You're so awesome. :D

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  8. You make it sound so easy. :)

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  9. You are the master of graphic design and explanations, Carrie.

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    1. Thank you, Summer! That means a lot to me. <3

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  10. Brilliant post Carrie, you made categories and genres really easy to follow and understand.

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    1. Thanks, Clare! I'm glad to hear that. :)

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  12. Great graphic. Stina and Carrie: The Young Adult fiction category doesn't have the Happily Ever After requirement for its romances.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I haven't dabbled in YA, so that's great to know. :)

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    2. lol I already knew this, Deborah. While I would hate that in an adult romance, I think it's reasonable in YA, even if those ending leave me sobbing for days. :)

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  13. Great graphic! And while I think WE would all agree NA should be it's own category, sadly it is not recognized as such by libraries or the publishing industry--as is evidenced by Amazon's recent choice to include it as a sub-genre of romance.

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    1. Thanks, Heather! :) And yeah, I'm hoping a breakout in another NA genre will make them second-guess that decision.

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