Genre Guide

Need to find the right genre fit for your book? Look no further! Below, please find the Written Word Media guide to all genres included across our newsletters.

Fast-paced stories that just might have you keeping the lights on at night. Tales rife with action, intrigue, or psychological suspense, Thrillers rarely keep the gritty details hidden.

Stories that make Agatha Christie proud, weaving characters and clues into page-turning tales of whodunit and suspense.

Cozy Mystery
All of the whodunit fun of a mystery without the gruesome details, often with a dose of humor or sweetness.

Romantic Suspense
An equal mix of Romance and Suspense, for those who like a little action in their love stories.

Steamy Contemporary Romance
Tales of love, lust, and romance with a focus on plot and character development, but some “open door” scenes. This is the recommended genre for most New Adult books.

Sweet Contemporary Romance
Sweet, clean(er) stories of romance to warm the heart.

Romantic Comedy
Lighthearted and humorous romances between two main characters. Often filled with misunderstandings, witty banter, and unexpected twists, these books aim to provide a feel-good experience.

Paranormal Romance
Vampires, Shifters, and other lovers who aren’t quite human. Our Paranormal Romance readers also avidly consume Sci-Fi Romances.

Historical Romance
From Knights to Dukes to early 20th-century lovers, the lovers in these tales must find a way to be together before the internet age!

Western Romance
Depicts love stories set against the backdrop of the American Old West and focuses on themes such as adventure, loyalty, and redemption.

Erotic Romance
Is your book focused on the fulfillment of physical desire between the protagonists? If so, Erotic Romance is the genre for you!

Science Fiction
From Cyberthrillers to Space Operas, your stories of genetic engineering, aliens, futuristic tech, and more belong here.

Fantasy/ Paranormal
All stories falling into the Fantasy and Paranormal genres in which the central plot is not romantic.

Sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy that combines elements of traditional literature with those of video game mechanics. These books typically feature a protagonist who becomes trapped in a virtual reality game and focuses on action, adventure, and immersive world-building.

Creepy, sneaky tales with gore that are written to scare.

Cookbooks and Nutrition
All books containing recipes and dietary advice.

Graphic Novel & Manga
Illustrated stories that combine art and text to tell a narrative, often depicting complex characters, intricate world-building, and immersive storytelling.

Self-Help & How-To
From “How to make the most of your life” to “How to make candles”, all books telling readers how to get things done belong here.

General Non-Fiction
All Non-Fiction not falling into the above categories, including but not limited to: Biographies, Memoirs, History, and Business books.

Young Adult
The recommended audience is 6th grade and up. Not the category for New Adult.

Books for early readers.

Literary Fiction
The genre category for Satirical, Women’s, World, and Contemporary Fiction.

Historical Fiction
These novels, set 50+ years ago, take readers on whirlwind adventures to the past.

These books aim to explore and explain the events, people, and cultures of the past.

Stories are set in the American Old West, depicting rugged landscapes, lawless towns, and morally ambiguous characters. Explores themes of justice, revenge, and survival.

Black Literature
Fiction and Nonfiction by Black authors whose stories focus on a Black main character.

Travel guides and memoirs.

Religion/ Spirituality
The genre category for all Fiction and Non-Fiction works in which the focus or central moral is religious or spiritual in nature.

These titles include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer/Questioning themes and/or characters.