So I've been seeing this genre quite a few times in contests for agents. But I'm not sure if the writers just made it up or if it's a real thing. I mean, what is it?
I'm intrigued by this because this is how I want to describe COTF, which starts off in the present world and time and then goes to a fantastical world. That world isn't a traditional fantasy world. I wouldn't call it "Epic Fantasy" at all. That's why I like contemporary fantasy, because I think it fits well. But I'm still hesitant to use it.
I don't want to mislabel my work, because [unfortunately] labels are so important. It should be about the story but a lot of times it's about the genre as well. Is it marketable? Is there a place for it on the shelf? Plus that whole thing about New Adult not being a genre... yet.
But is COTF actually fantasy? And is TDOC actually SF? I'm not really sure. It's kind of like a watered down version [that sounds awful, but it's true] of both. I want to be able to straddle both worlds, the familiar and the fantastic. When someone reads it, I think they'll get it, but what do I categorize it as in a query letter? And that part is VERY important.
Agents only rep some genres. A lot of YA agents do rep fantasy and SF, but there are a lot who don't. And I feel like SF and f are the first things to go from an agent's list, so I want to make sure if I label it that, that it's labeled correctly and I'm not doing myself a disservice.