The Millions

The Burden and Necessity of Genre

When you write a book, there are certain questions you can expect: How long did it take you? Will you write a sequel? And—the inevitable—what is it?

What it is: thousands of hours tapping away on a keyboard between swiping student IDs at the Sarah Lawrence gym, months of crippling doubt, dozens of rewrites, maddening rounds of edits, the culmination of years of dreaming and plotting condensed into a 300-page manuscript with which I’ve imbued the emotional vulnerability of a pubescent diary.

No, they will persist. What is it?

I rehearsed this answer in my query letter, tweaked depending on the interest and need of the agent addressed: Complete at 80,000 words, this

Sometimes it was a literary novel. Sometimes a literary commercial novel. Sometimes a literary novel with commercial appeal.

Estás leyendo una vista previa, regístrate para leer más.

Más de The Millions

The Millions4 min. leídos
Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Wright, Zauner, Simon, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from Richard Wright, Michelle Zauner, our own Ed Simon, and more—that are publishing this week. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Wright, Zauner, Simon, and More appeared first on The Mill
The Millions10 min. leídos
Henry Vaughan’s Eternal Alchemy
What faith teaches is that we're all exiles from that Zion that is eternity, to which we shall one day return. What Vaughan understands is that if we seek eternity, it is now. The post Henry Vaughan’s Eternal Alchemy appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions21 min. leídos
Elegy Of The Walker
Sojourn into a world so foreign was the birthright of the first humans, and it still is today, if you choose it. The post Elegy of the Walker appeared first on The Millions.