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To many readers, the name Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) turns on the lights in their attics about poetry books for kids. But Silverstein had a long and varied career as a newspaper and magazine cartoonist, and as a songwriter: one of his hit songs was A Boy Named Sue.
Authors who keep to one genre of writing can certainly become specialists in their fields, although they’re also undertaking to search the same mine for new veins, in order to keep their output fresh. For some, this presents no problem: they were fortunate enough to have struck a mother lode, where their imaginations can excavate profitably for perhaps as long as a lifetime. Most end up moving mountains of slag, to produce each story.
For others, digging for more stories in the same genre feels claustrophobic: going down a dark mine shaft when they’d rather be working out in the open, traveling the territory and panning many streams. Some of these penman prospectors also look for precious gemstones among the genre pebbles, and by using literary lapidary, they can set these within their works, to lend additional color and light.
Authors in the second group are writing Fusion Fiction: a writing category that combines multiple genres within individual works, or across a writer’s corpora. Such cross-genre writing constitutes the synthesis of written thought: much as gems and precious metals are combined to make jewelry, and how rings, brooches, necklaces and diadems, taken together, constitute a monarch’s crown jewels.
If you’re writing Fusion Fiction, as a knowledgeable literary prospector, the written treasure you’re collating is no more a flash in the pan, than the collections of a skillful single-genre miner can be dismissed out-of-hand as fool’s gold. People want to read the kind of writing found in Fusion Fiction, but in a marketplace that’s been set up to favor single-genre works and writers, your style of storytelling is hard to find.
That’s why you’re invited to register your published writing for free promotion at the Fusion Fiction website. By coming together, writers who cross genre lines will raise their profiles and create an equitable marketplace for their unique works of Written Art. Like the existence of Shel Silverstein’s many cross-genre contributions, your literary legacy as a Fusion Fiction Author deserves to be known.
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!