I'm about to start submitting queries for my book to agents, and I've run across something odd while researching agents. My book is an action-adventure thriller. I've found several agents who say they are looking for thrillers, and then, under the list of things they don't take, they say action-adventure. Are they referring something different than what I'm thinking or should I pass on submitting to the agent?
Your book is a thriller.
Leave off the action-adventure part.
I'm not exactly sure what an action-adventure novel is but it sounds like what the boys read in the clubhouse behind the "no girlz" sign.
When you describe where your book fits in a bookstore shelving scheme, you need one or two words at the MOST. Thriller is fine; cozy mystery; chick lit (NOT chic lit); self-help; SFF; are all examples.
Anyone who uses three or more words or tells me they fit in chick lit, mystery, thriller AND true crime is an automatic no because it's clear they don't understand categories, and they don't know what they have.
Don't worry about being wrong about the category. All I need is s a general idea of where this book fits so that if the character is named S'nark and lives in Rabbitania, I know you are writing true crime, not fantasy.