In most blog tours, a single author appears on a variety of blogs, moving around the Internet and allowing the readers of those blogs get to know the author.

In the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, the authors stay on their blogs and it's you, the reader, who takes the tour.

Each month, our participating authors from around the world agree to blog on a single topic throughout the month. By following the links in each month's post, you'll discover a whole bunch of new authors in a variety of genres, levels of experience, and styles of writing.

We hope you enjoy the trip and come back each month for a new spin around the globe.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Crossing Genre Lines

I often hear things like 'genre is just a tool made up by marketing people.'

Yes, that's true. That does not make it bad, though. Imagine going into a store and wanting a new fantasy novel, only you have to search through every single shelf of fiction to find one. Or worse, searching through places like, book-by-book. So let's start by saying that genre distinctions are a great tool for readers.

But what about authors? Yes, they can help you define what you are going to write and let you know what certain expectations might be.

However, that doesn't mean you have to write to fit a genre. In fact, you shouldn't. You should write whatever suits you for the story you want to tell, and genre should be the last thing you consider. And if that means you write something that crosses genre lines, all the better. Genre designations are not meant to be walls.