Saturday, November 7, 2015

Book Vs. Novel

   It's important to know the difference between a book and a novel.

 If you're submitting to agents and publishers, you have to write a query letter describing your book, and you don't want to make any mistakes since this letter is the first thing they will read. One of the mistakes that can annoy agents is getting a query letter where a writer describes their book as a "fictional novel."


• Novel, on the other hand, is necessarily a book on fiction.
• Novels are only those books that contain stories while books can be stories, poetry, workbooks, etc.
• Novel can be called a subset of book, but vice versa is not a possibility.
• A novel is written to tell a story from the beginning to the end. A book is written to discuss a subject matter. Thus, it can be said that a book and a novel differ from each other in terms of their purposes too.
• A writer of a novel is known as a novelist. Sometimes, novelists are also known as writers.


• A book can be anything ranging from non-fiction to fiction.
• A writer of a book is called an author or writer.
• Book is also used to speak of a set of blank sheets that are bound together for someone to write in. For example, exercise books.

 So, as you can see, there is a pretty important difference between the two. It is easy to get the two mixed up so you should always be careful when describing your book to anyone. Instead of saying, "fictional novel," you could say the genre of your book, followed by "book" or "novel."
All novels are books, but not all books are novels.

Example: " a YA contemporary romance novel" or "a YA contemporary romance book."

Happy writing! <3

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