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#1 Faltho

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 06:04 PM

For the past year I've been working on a young-adult novel called The Thirteenth Guardian. However, as I've been working on a query letter I've run into the issue that I'm not quite sure how to categorize it. On one hand, it's definitely a low fantasy novel, but also has quite a lot of horror and dark fantasy aspects, and an unreliable, sarcastic, and comedic narrator to top it all off. So, in a way I'd like to call it a dark fantasy, however; I feel like a lot of the funnier bits might turn off an agent who goes in expecting something more gritty. Any opinions, ideas, or questions that might help?

 



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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:26 AM

Hard for me to say without reading any of it, but I'd possibly lean simply toward calling it fantasy. I think the comedic bits could help make it more palatable to readers who might not typically read dark fantasy. I can't help but think of fellow AQCer Mindy McGinnis's debut novel, Not a Drop to Drink, which was clearly post-apocalyptic. But there were small moments that made me truly laugh out loud. And it was not a laugh-out-loud kind of book.



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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:45 AM

Hard for me to say without reading any of it, but I'd possibly lean simply toward calling it fantasy. I think the comedic bits could help make it more palatable to readers who might not typically read dark fantasy. I can't help but think of fellow AQCer Mindy McGinnis's debut novel, Not a Drop to Drink, which was clearly post-apocalyptic. But there were small moments that made me truly laugh out loud. And it was not a laugh-out-loud kind of book.

I was thinking this as well -not the Mindy McGinnis part- just to be on the safe side. Thanks mate!






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