Hello . . . I feel sort of ridiculous asking this, but this is my first go at a fully original novel. (I've written fanfic novels in the past.) After researching the issue, I think my work in progress probably fits best into the romantic suspense genre, except for two things. 1) My romantic pairing has some non-traditional gender roles, which seems to buck the conventions of the genre, and 2) it's alternate/parallel universe historical. The reason I can't make it straight-up historical is that I want to use characters at the apex of the political structure--kings and aristocrats and the like. If I had to pick an existing book that it's most like, I'd say "Swordspoint" by Ellen Kushner. That's marketed as fantasy, even though it arguably isn't. My understanding is that new novelists are much more likely to be successful if they stick to an established genre. I'm hoping that this story actually fits very comfortably within some genre, somewhere, and I've just overlooked which one. Thanks so much for your help!