This could be a really long essay, but I will spare you. Something that has come to my attention more than ever is just how varied readers' tastes are. This would include stylistic preference and subject matter preference. In trying to promote one of my books, I came a cross a lady from Scotland whose hobby is "pimping" other people's books on Facebook. We struck up an online friendship and she is helping me solely out of the goodness of her heart. But what I found most interesting is the kind of books she reads, almost exclusively. These were genre I didn't even know existed, as genre. Her preferred reading material is paranormal romance and within that, shape shifter alpha. I can't read books like that, due to my OWN limited tastes, but apparently the components are a woman in danger and a shape shifting wolf type that protects her and maybe they live happily ever after together. I should ask her. Looking at the categories in Amazon for self publishers like me, it was somewhat surprising to see some of the genre that were listed among those I could choose from just under the Fiction category: Fiction/African American/Christian Fiction/Amish Mennonite Fiction/Christian/Futuristic Fiction/Christian/Western Fiction/Dystopian Fiction/Holidays (what might that be, I wonder) Fiction/Fantasy/Urban Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal Fiction/Occult and Supernatural (but not paranormal, apparently) Fiction/Romance/Historical/Scottish Fiction/Romance/Historical/Viking (!) Fiction/Romance/Science Fiction Fiction/Romance/Time Travel Fiction/Science Fiction/Apocalyptic and Post Apocalyptic Fiction/Science Fiction/Steam Punk Some puzzle me less than others. Some I don't really even know what they are, such as urban fantasy or futuristic Christian. I have a vague idea what Steam Punk is having run across a description somewhere, but up till then never imagined it was a genre unto itself. I suspect categories will be added, and some dropped as trends (dare I call them fads?) change. There will probably come a time when there won't be 10 zombie apocalypse books published per day. I suppose a certain amount of my frustration as a would-be writer is the fact that my time to be 'hip' or in fashion has long passed. My frames of reference are very different than a twenty-something's. What's my point? I forget. Please forgive me. I'm old.