In creating the ebook version of The Covenant Sacrifice, I assigned various BISAC categories that apply to the novel.
BISAC stands for Book Industry Standards and Communications. It is a list of subject headings and codes developed by The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) to describe and categorize individual books throughout the publishing industry.
Here are all the codes I assigned to The Covenant Sacrifice, and why.
|BISAC Category||BISAC Code||Description|
|FICTION / Horror||FIC015000||The Covenant Sacrifice is primarily a horror novel.|
|FICTION / Romance / LGBTQ+ / Gay||FIC027190||It also contains a subplot (some might say a dual plot) of gay romance.|
|FICTION / Occult & Supernatural||FIC024000||The book deals with occult powers and practices and is fraught with the supernatural.|
|FICTION / LGBTQ+ / Gay||FIC011000||With LGBTQ characters, The Covenant Sacrifice fits into the gay fiction category.|
|FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural||FIC031070||The book could also be categorized as a supernatural thriller, like Death Perception.|
|FICTION / Own Voices||FIC082000||This category is for works whose main character(s) are from a marginalized, minority, or under-represented group and where the author is a member of the group being written about. Gay.|
|FICTION / Ghost||FIC012000||You’ll find ghosts and the dead returning in The Covenant Sacrifice.|
|FICTION / Small Town & Rural||FIC066000||The book is set in the remote rural community of Annastasis Creek, Pennsylvania. I typically include the tag #RuralHorror when posting on social media.|
|FICTION / Friendship||FIC071000||The novel isn’t only a gay romance, but a tale of friendship between Jarod and Scotty.|
|RELIGION / Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict||REL116000||With the antagonistic bent toward religious (Christian-based) homophobia, The Covenant Sacrifice fits nicely into this category.|
|RELIGION / Spirituality||REL062000||The book’s religious and spiritual content—including Pentecostal Christianity, Spiritualism, and the occult—slot it here.|
|BODY, MIND SPIRIT / Spiritualism||OCC027000||Mentor Twylah Sharpe is a Lily Dale-trained Spiritualist medium who uses her skills to help Jarod and Scotty.|
|BODY, MIND SPIRIT / Channeling Mediumship||OCC003000||Several scenes depict both channeling and mediumship in the book.|
|BODY, MIND SPIRIT / Prophecy||OCC020000||The curse that afflicts Annastasis Creek is tied to a prophecy given many years before. Jarod must unravel this mystery to get to the root of the evil infecting the community.|
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