Thrillers generally keep the audience on the "edge of their seats" as the plot builds towards a climax. Horror is intended to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle its readers by inducing feelings of horror and terror.

Teen Lit/Romance/Fantasy

Young adult fiction is written for readers from 12 to 18 years of age. However approximately half of YA readers are adults. Stories that focus on the specific challenges of youth or coming-of-age novels.


Urban Street Lit/ Crime Drama

Urban fiction is usually dark, focusing on the underside of city living. Profanity, sex, and violence are usually explicit. Crime drama and investigation. Suspense and mystery are key elements.



A self-help book is one that is written with the intention to instruct its readers on solving personal problems. Works to inspire, motivate, and assist the reader to seek a better path in life.


Adult Romance/Historic/Erotica

Romance novels have a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending. Historic is when it takes place in a particular space and time. Erotica is where romance is explicitly portrayed. Porn is not accepted.


Biography portrays the experiences of all these events occurring in the life of a person, mostly in a chronological order. Memoir is a non-fiction written in the first person about a slice of life.