Someone recently asked me how I pick where a book would go if it meets multiple genres. The truth is, it is extremely rare that a book ONLY falls in to one genre. Many westerns have romance in them. Time travel stories can happen entirely in the past and therefore be attractive to historical fiction readers. I can go on and on with examples. Fortunately I've had a lot of practice genrefying when I used to work for Realms of Fantasy, the short fiction magazine. I was one of their editors and part of my job was helping authors to classify their stories so they market them to the right publications. And I really enjoy figuring out what genres can be applied to a book, believe it or not. Applying genres to a book is really similar to listing its subject headings. It isn't always foolproof, but I ask myself the following questions when I'm trying to genrefy a book, and they usually do the trick for me:
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