It was easier when I wrote smut. But lately, after a few decades of successful pornography, my characters seem to want to find something to do with their clothes on.
This is fine. Being surprised by my characters is the fun part. But I believe trying to pitch a story that doesn't fit neatly into a genre category might be a problem. Or is it?
When pitching work that doesn't fit into genre categories, is it better to invent an intriguing-sounding yet accurate genre moniker, or to pick some standard genres that are sort of almost kind of close, or to skip it altogether? What if I can suggest the audiences I think will be interested in the story -- which I think is the point of a genre ID, yes? -- without tagging by genre?
Or clue-gun me if I am getting spun up unnecessarily. Or unspin me. Please?
(Meta: It was difficult to obey your command to leave off the compliments, but I complied. It was much less difficult to obey your command to search for your previous answers to this question, of which I found none.)
Maybe the post labels will help people find things. Dog knows those cute clever funny and downright obscure joke titles have not been much use!
Don't worry about what to call your work. Pick from: literary fiction, commercial fiction or one of the genres: mystery, western, romance, sf, fantasy.
Don't waste a lot of time telling me what your work is. Show me. Concentrate on your writing and your voice. You write something so compelling that I have to read on and even if you call it codswallop in space, I'll read it and want to sell it.
For dog's sake don't start inventing things and don't use more than two words. Romantic western with overtones of regency fantasy pretty much announce you as an nitwit. This is not a good way to persuade me you've read much in your area.
I have to always remind myself to ignore "category" when I read a cover letter. Chances are 1:10 you've got the wrong one anyway.