I have struggled a bit with developing the pitch for my novel, since it doesn’t fit easily into a single category. I had lunch with an English teacher friend who’s just finished reading and asked her what she thought about genres.
“Well, it’s sort of a romantic, psychological thriller,” she said.
“With paranormal elements.”
She snorted her iced tea. “Yes, but you tread so lightly there I think you can safely avoid mentioning it.”
“I think the best fit category is Upmarket Women’s Fiction.”
“Well, whatever it is, it’s gripping.”
So there you have it.
We also discussed the new title, and I explained the reservations I had with the former working title “Still Haunted” which were:
- It falsely led people to expect a balls-out ghost story, whereas the ghost elements were subtle and late in the novel
- By the end, the protagonist is not really so haunted anymore.
My friend suggested “Still Haunted. Until Recently.” as an alternate title.
I prefer “Up to a Short While Ago, Quite, Quite Haunted”
Maybe I should try that title for my next queries.