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Is paranormal mystery considered genre mixing?


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#1 mojicanpuertorican

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 11:39 AM

I've seen many agents get turned off with "genre mixing". But is something like Paranormal Mystery considered that or is it considered a sub-genre? If it is mixing, is it best to market that book as Horror? Please, let me know your thoughts!



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Posted 18 May 2018 - 03:06 PM

I feel like most things I see in paranormal are labeled as "paranormal ___", like "paranormal romance" or "paranormal thriller" or "paranormal mystery". So I think you're safe. Genre mixing becomes risky of putting things together that don't work, like a sci-fi historical fiction, or especially blending too many, like a fantasy romance mystery with comedic undertones. Those sorts of things suggest that your story might be too sprawling or that you don't have a good grasp of what you've written.


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Posted 07 June 2018 - 10:45 AM

From what I've seen, that's a safe genre combination. Carina Press is actively seeking paranormal mystery, so that has to mean something. 



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Posted 09 June 2018 - 12:01 AM

Paranormal mystery is safe. I consider it a subgenre.



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Posted 09 June 2018 - 07:13 AM

That is considered an accepted subgenre -- of either paranormal or mystery. 






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