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I get what you're saying. Certainly some of my stuff has overlapped several genres. The only problem that I can see is that, to the best of my knowledge (and I am not published so I may be completely wrong), it doesn't really work this way. Both publishers and agents, depending on which you would opt to go for once you have a completed manuscript, really do specialize in certain areas. For instance, you might chose to deal with Company XYZ and they publish across genres, however if you don't specify what type of genre/s it is for, they won't know which individual at their company to forward it to and thus it will get shoved to the side. I almost think of it like sending a completed manuscript to a publisher that still has typos, thinking that it doesn't matter because it will have to be edited anyway. Instead, it sort of sends the message that you were too lazy to fix it.
However, I really do hate the thought of having to write to a certain audience, with certain themes, certain components because what's creative about that?