Weeks (months?) ago, one agent graciously rejected my partial and suggested I should market it as a paranormal romance instead of a YA fantasy. I was a little confused, but at the same time I figured she knew what she was talking about. Ever since then, I've put querying on hold as I let that bit of information sink in.
Today I was listening to my playlist for Fade Into Me on Grooveshark. Anytime I hear a song that makes me think of a certain character or scene from a work in progress I save it to Grooveshark. As I listened to this list (while cooking dinner) it finally sunk in. EVERY song is a love song.
I know this sounds silly, but I think this will help me finish polishing this story. There have been little bits that just WON'T be smoothed, and now I know why. I've been trying to fit my romance into a genre it didn't really fit. In fact, I sort of ignored a lot of the romance elements because I didn't want it to be a romance.
Time to face the facts. FIM is a romance with a younger protagonist. Plain and simple. I should roll with it.