by S. Elle Cameron
After the countless glowing reviews and compliments I’ve received on my first novel, A Tragic Heart, I still can’t find someone who is willing to pick it up. Not an agent or publisher (indie or traditional)! The reason isn’t because the book is bad or that the cover is too gruesome (covers can be changed at any time and more than likely the publisher will change it whether you like it or not), the reason is because they can’t place it into a specific category and they’re not sure how to market it. I’ve heard this reason too many times already.
This caused me to wonder how many other writers were going through the same thing. After connecting with a few authors/writers on various Twitter chats I’ve come to find that more than I thought felt the same way. They were writing books that weren’t exactly Young Adult, New Adult, Science Fiction, Horror, etc. Their work fit into two or three of these categories at least!
After feeling broken and lost inside because I believed I would never find a way to market or promote my book (I mean, if the professionals couldn’t find a way how was I supposed to?), I came up with an idea that may solve this issue. It may be the future and pave the way for books like mine. Every author/writer deserves to be able to freely create without worrying about if their work fits into a genre/category. After all, as writers we write what we feel/know and sometimes our feelings can be a bit mixed up. This is where the idea of Outsider Fiction was created.
While it is a genre (or subgenre of fiction), it is a limitless genre without boundaries. Your book can be Young Adult with New Adult elements (like mine) or your book can be a Horror/Romance/Science Fiction novel within the Contemporary Fiction category. There are no rules…it’s lawless. That’s what makes this type of fiction an outsider! …And the writers who come up with these stories…well, we’re rebels (and who doesn’t love/remember a rebel?)!
This new genre is something that I can’t pioneer all on my own. It takes all of us writers out there to participate and make Outsider Fiction the new, New Adult. I’m encouraging you all to write from the heart and not worry about fitting in because fitting in is overrated anyway. When you submit to agents/publishers tell them your work is Outsider Fiction. It can’t be categorized. When you sign your first deal with a publishing company, tell them about Outsider Fiction and how you believe your work can’t be placed into a section of literature because it belongs everywhere. We’re outsiders and let’s embrace that through our writing. We’re so much more than a category.
In the near future I’ll figure out new ways to promote Outsider Fiction and eventually conduct a Twitter chat for the new genre. I’ll be glad to take any advice and ideas on how you all think we should market Outsider Fiction. This genre isn’t just about my books, it’s about all of us. Feel free to leave a comment and/or email me at S.ElleCameron@gmail.com.
About the Author
Link to A Tragic Heart: http://www.amazon.com/S.-Elle-Cameron/e/B00FNI34X4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
A Tragic Heart is the first novel to a four part series entitled the RED Tragedies series. All four books fit into the genre of Outsider Fiction as it mixes Young Adult/New Adult elements along with Contemporary Fiction. The second book, RED will be released this winter.