CURRENT GIVEAWAY CONTESTS
Here are my current Giveaway Contests
Blood Rose Rebellion through March 25th
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop through March 28th
Agent Kate McKean Query Critique and BRACED giveaway through April 1st
Kristy Hunter Query Critique Giveaway through April 8th
THE SOMEDAY BIRDS through April 8th
Upcoming Agent Spotlights and Query Critique Giveaways
Tracy Marchini on 4/17/2017
Loren Oberweger on 5/10/2017
Alyssa Jennette on 5/24/2017
Bibi Lewis on 6/12/2017
Kelly Van Sant on 6/21/2017
Why Is "Fiction Novel" Redundant?
Let's look at the definitions from Merriam-Webster.
"Something invented by the imagination or feigned; specifically : an invented story."
"An invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events."
The problem with the phrase "fiction novel" is that novels are, by definition, fictitious. Following? So saying you have a fiction novel is redundant, like saying you're giving someone a "free gift." I think the reason people get confused is because they've come to interchange the word "novel" with "book" and forget that while a book can be any type of work, fiction, non-fiction, or otherwise, a novel is comprised of fictitious prose. Or expected to be, anyway.
When you specify what kind of novel you have in your query, you should use the genre and/or age category.
"My literary novel..."
"My middle-grade novel..."
"My contemporary young-adult novel..."
Agents will know your novel is a work of fiction.
Questions? Leave them in the comments and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Posted by Casey McCormick on Saturday, February 26, 2011