Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Where are all the books for grown-ups???

Just a thought:

Of all the queries I've read in the past week or so, the vast majority of them were for young adult fantasy. I love young adult, but it's certainly not the only thing I want to represent nor is the marketplace big enough for me to only do YA.

Send me some book ideas for grown-ups, please! Genre, non-genre, thriller, literary fiction, women's fiction, dragon steampunk: it doesn't matter. Just make sure that both your query and your writing are polished and that your storytelling is flat out amazing.

20 comments:

cindy said...

i noticed a few weeks back that nathan also mentioned his YA queries surpassed all others for the first time.

for me, i *thought* i wrote just an asian historical fantasy, until i began querying. and agents said, is this YA?

the rules seem to be a bit blurred with what is YA these days. sure, my heroine is 17--but so many of the adult fantasy books feature teen heroines and heroes. not sure what makes an agent or an editor decide what reads YA and what does not.

hope you get some interesting adult queries soon, c.

Kristin Laughtin said...

My book's not YA, and very likely will not be done anytime soon, but I will definitely keep the fact that you want grown-up books in mind when I start querying!

Jess Nevins said...

After the Scalzi comments about how well YA pays compared to mainstream SF, I'm betting a lot more prospective authors will be trying to break into the YA market.

Jodi Meadows said...

I've heard that YA is selling better than regular ol' adult books. I suspect that's got a lot to do with what you're seeing.

That said, I always think I'm writing for adults, but am often told my stories would be appropriate for YA as well. It may also be that writers have no idea what they write. :)

Dr. Dume said...

I tried writing for younger readers once. By the end of chapter 1, two of the main characters had died.

I've given up on anything below PG-13, and I'll be lucky if I can get that far down.

It's death and destruction all the way, I'm afraid.

hldyer said...

Oooh! I think I've got it!

My query (the one the gremlins got the first time I sent it) is women's fiction and definitely for adults.

Maybe the gremlins only want you to read YA. That would explain everything. *snort*

Heather Wardell said...

I hated being a YA... what would possess me to want to write it? :)

I am weeks away from querying on a women's fiction book, and torn between you and one of your colleagues. I can't send it to both of you at once, can I? And then watch you fight over it? (In my dreams. :)

Back on topic, it does seem that many of my favorite 'adult' writers have switched to YA. Scalzi's post explained this a bit for me.

Heather

annathepiper said...

Ooh! Ooh! I've got something that isn't YA--

No wait, you've already got my partial. *^_^*;; But I've also got two more where that came from!

Karen Duvall said...

I'd like to write YA, but my voice doesn't fit.

Speaking of steampunk, I'm plotting a UF steampunk right now. You have a partial of my very grown up gargoyle UF.

S. E. Ward said...

Given the quality of YA that's been hitting the market over the past few years, I'm not surprised that people have started gravitating toward the genre on whole. Speaking of which, I need to get the third Libba Bray book soon. Ack, need.

Jinx said...

Oh, mine is definitely not YA! hehe

spacepotato said...

A friend of mine suggested that I tone down my manuscript to make it more YA appropriate; now I'm extra glad that I clamped my ears over my head and sang the Candy Mountain Song. :D

Julia Weston said...

I'm drafting the synopsis for my completed (grown-up) fantasy. You should have it within the month. Here's hoping!!

Thanks for such an informative blog.

Dharma Kelleher said...

Still putting a final polish on my lesbian lit novel.

The logline:
After nearly dying during an alcoholic blackout, a young lesbian struggles to maintain her fragile sobriety, even as, one by one, those she depends on for support fail her.

Peace out,
Dharma
www.dharmashanti.com

nymeria87 said...

Now that makes me happy that my novel is grown up urban fantasy with a touch of LGBT (OK, maybe more than just a touch ;))

Sadly enough I'm nowhere near the query writing stage...Maybe around this time next year? *wishful thinking*

Kristi said...

Am I the only one who doesn't get what the label of "Young Adult" is supposed to mean? An adult is, by the laws of the US, someone over the age of 18 (or even 21), but "young adult" books seem geared towards teens and tweens, not the college-age crowd. In reading various agent blogs, I keep seeing referrals to "young adult" books whose content seems a bit more adult than young.

Shannon said...

I've sent something twice now...but no reply. ;-( Thought it was lost when I sent it in February. Sent again in March and thought maybe you were just behind because of the move. (pouts)

Shannon said...

ooof....my frowny face got cut to the next line. This just isn't my day for queries or blog posts....geez

:::facepalm:::

;->

S. E. Ward said...

Speaking of YA....

http://www.newsweek.com/id/136961

Nickie said...

My novel is not YA and the 'writing is polished and the storytelling is flat out amazing', but it will not be finished for another three months. Sorry I couldn't help you out!