Cornwall and I are decided; let’s do this thing!
After another agent passed on our book, we are coming to realize that this novel isn’t going to fit into any normal book categories. This book is K-Rom, and yes, it’s a new category we are creating ourselves.
Here’s the thing with K-Rom–it’s not young adult, and it’s not new adult, and although it’s romance, it isn’t a “romance novel.” So where does that leave it? Agents and publishers have already told us, “We aren’t sure what this is.” They don’t know what K-Dramas are, and they don’t really get what we’re trying to do. They’ve told us it’s written well, and we get compliments on the idea, but they don’t know the audience.
BUT YOU DO! You, our awesome readers, who love Asian dramas, and who have seen and love them totally get it. So that’s why we’re going to publish this book by ourselves. We want you to read it! And we want you to help us create this book category. For the purposes of posterity, I would like to formally define K-Rom.
K-Rom is any literature written with the intent to replicate the intensely awesome feels generated by Korean Dramas and similar Asian drama genres.
Three characteristics define K-Rom:
1.) The ages of the main characters can be virtually any age. That means that some of them might be in high school, some might be in college, and even still, they could be fully grown adults. There are “noona romances” where the girl is older than the boy, or even romances that exist within marriages. They are enjoyed by all ages.
2.) They are surprisingly PG-rated. Sure, there might be some smexy chemistry, and certainly there will be heart-hitching kisses, but in general, these books are devoid of sexually explicit material. (This is why they might be considered young adult, even if the characters are in their twenties! Very confusing for boxed in publishers and their pre-determined categories).
3.) They are romantic in nature. Yes, there are Korean dramas that are in the crime, horror, adventure, etc. categories. But K-Rom is specifically written to replicate the unique and lovable romance that can be found in the very best Korean and Asian dramas. Like our own unique version of RomCom.
And that’s it!
I don’t think it’s necessary to say that K-Rom MUST have Korean characters (although that is strongly advised, as the culture is a large part of why we love this genre), or must be in the present (saeguk dramas anyone?), because K-Rom is meant to be fun and easy to write and read.
So spread the word, my Asian drama friends! We want this genre to catch fire, and bring even non-K-Drama-watching people into the Hallyu wave of literature.
We will keep you updated on when you can expect to see K-Love available for sale very soon!
Peace out, K-Fans,