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

Monday, February 01, 2010

Monday's Mentionables: Freebies and Contests

Here's some exciting news: as part of a Samhain Publishing promotional offer, One Night in Boston will be available as a FREE Kindle download from April 1 - 14th. Yes, that's right: if you have a Kindle, you can download my first contemporary romance novel ABSOUTELY FREE! Spread the word to your friends...and I'll be reminding you again before then!

And speaking of getting things for free, since it's February and the month for love, romance writers everywhere are offering contests and giveaways. Here are just a few:

Win a signed copy of the YA novel The Naughty List by entering your "secret agent name" on the host blog, here.

Red Sage authors are featuring an entire month of giveaways on their newly redesigned blog.

All Romance Ebooks is featuring several free reads - click here to discover a new author at no cost!

Suggest story ideas for a historical romance anthology It Happened One Season. Grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 American Express gift card and a signed copy of the book!

Finally, I'll be participating in the Brenda Novak Online Auction again this year. This is a terrific opportunity for readers, writers, and the general public to bid on a variety of items, with all proceeds going to benefit research for juvenile diabetes. I'll be donating a "One Night" basket, complete with my three autographed "One Night" books and some time-related goodies. More info to follow, so stay tuned!