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my novel is partly fiction, but partly true story: my story...is that a biography? a memoir? how can I classify it, for query purposes?
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so it's a "SEMI-BIOGRAPHY" - a biography based on a true story, but fictionalized?
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The term I am used to is "autobiographical fiction" or roman á clef. I'm rather fond of the French term in this instance, but it does connote you'll be dishing on something juicy.

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The term I am used to is "autobiographical fiction" or roman á clef. I'm rather fond of the French term in this instance, but it does connote you'll be dishing on something juicy.
oooh, and my MC falls for a French Bistro chef too....oh la la maybe I'll use both somehow in my query letter...
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I think that if any part of it is fiction, you've got to call it fiction. (See: all those recent memoir scandals in which "biography" turned out to be made up.)

All books have elements of the author's life in them - how could they not? But if any of that is fiction, it's a novel.
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Roman à clef

I think I will use this - it describes exactly how I used fiction and reality to do the novel.

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