What’s Fusion Fiction?
Fusion Fiction is rooted in the great literary masterworks of the past, written by wordsmiths who were capable of telling broad stories that had meaning on many levels for their audience. This early literature had grown out of the oral traditions of bards and poets who informed and entertained pre-literate cultures for millennia.
Today, it’s the kind of story that defies classification in a single marketing code category. It’s also the kind of writing that agents hesitate to represent, because traditional publishers are unwilling to print it.
This is not due to a readership problem: Industrialized nations have achieved almost universal literacy, and developing nations are rapidly closing the gap. It’s a business decision, based on contemporary theories about marketing research and controlling the flow of supply and demand. Even some libraries have adopted the marketing code system of genre classification.
Many authors are content to follow marketing trends, and they specialize in strictly single-genre writing. Tens of thousands of their works populate each of the marketing code-oriented real and virtual shelves of booksellers, worldwide.
Other writers are still inspired to tell stories that synthesize several subjects at multiple depths. Modern readers are as capable of appreciating these works as were their forebears; nevertheless, the marketing code owners group recommends that such books be given no more than three codes. Most cross-genre fiction displays only one marketing code category.
Thus, contemporary marketing strategies – primarily the unexplained and unreliable marketing codes, which the owners group will not publicly define, and which can be arbitrarily discontinued at any time – do not promote the easy and accurate discoverability of cross-genre fiction. Hence, the grassroots formation of the Fusion Fiction category, and the establishment of this internet site, to promote it.
Fusion Fiction also includes a sub-genre called “Fission”:
Do you write stand-alone fiction that crosses genre lines within its covers? That’s Fusion!
Do you write single-genre fiction in different genres? That’s Fission!
Both kinds of work are welcome for free promotion here!