Book Classifications

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

HARD COPY VS SOFT COPYEssentially, a “hard copy” is the print version or paperback.This means the “soft copy” is a digital version or ebook,which can come in .mobi.ePub, or pdf.
WHAT KIND OF BOOK IS IT?*Learn More*

ClassificationWord count
Novel40,000 words or over
Novella17,500 to 39,999 words
Novelette7,500 to 17,499 words
Short storyunder 7,500 words
In fiction

BOOK GENRES EXPLAINED
*Learn About Writing Genres*
Not all genres are as they appear.  Though genres can be used to express a target audience, that isn’t always the case.  Sometimes, it simply explains the story content.  I am referring, specifically, to how Young Adult (YA) and New Adult (NA) are understood or perceived.Though Young Adult can target youthful readers and New Adult is considered a more advanced version of the Young Adult genre, it can also be cased on the age of the protagonist(s).

YOUNG ADULT VS MIDDLE GRADE
*Interesting Read On Topic*
In extremely basic terms, Young adult is considered to be for readers ages 12 & up.
Middle Grade targets the young readers between Children’s Literature and Young Adult Fiction.

MIDDLE GRADE VS CHILDREN’S
Generally speaking, Middle Grade is considered suitable for readers between 8 to 12 years of age.
Children’s is for the younger readers.

AGE VS GRADE
*within children’s literature*
Age is used to help guide parents as to what is appropriate for their youngsters to read.

  • Board books: Newborn to age 3
  • Picture books: Ages 3–8
  • Coloring and activity (C&A) books: Ages 3–8
  • Novelty books: Ages 3 and up, depending on content
  • Early, leveled readers: Ages 5–9
  • First chapter books: Ages 6–9 or 7–10
  • Middle-grade books: Ages 8–12
  • Young adult (YA) novels: Ages 12 and up or 14 and up

The Grade of a book is based on the reading level of a young reader.  However, you can have younger children who read at a higher level than is recommended for their age.

ROMANCE VS EROTICA
Simply put, Romance novels are written with a primary focus on relationships and romantic love. Though not all stories have happy-endings, books in the Romance genre are expected to be “emotionally satisfying”.
Erotica develops relationships using sexual intercourse.  That doesn’t mean these stories don’t have depth or purpose; it just means the primary focus is on the physical rather than the emotional.

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