Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Writers' Wednesday: "New Adult"

I got caught up in the season premiere of LOST last night and didn't get a chance to write about this as thoroughly as I wanted to, but...

There's a new genre being tossed around by St. Martin's Press: New Adult. It's YA all grown up, apparently, with main characters college-age or a little older and a target audience of 20-28. One definition is this one: “New Adult is about young adulthood, when you are an adult but have not established your life as one (career, family, what-have-you).”

I haven't done a lot of reading on it, but here are a couple of links with more information. Will it become the next hot genre? Let me know what you think...

Guide to Literary Agents - Editor's Blog

Diana Peterfreund

Uncreated Conscience Blog: Postadolescent Fiction


Anonymous said...

I don't know if it will become the next hot genre, but I think there is definitely a place for it. I could see it appealing to a similar demographic to traditional chick lit? I'd like to see it go edgier like YA has, though!

Marianne Arkins said...

Yeah... I think there is probably a place for it. I think that most romance novels now focus on *slightly* older heroines -- ones in their late twenties and on, who already have their careers, etc.

Will be interesting to see how it works out.