Agent Steve Laube took over Marcher Lord Press and renamed it Enclave. Enclave Publishing will focus on science fiction and fantasy with a Christian worldview. This fall, they will release five books. “Fiction continues to be a place where creativity and variety have endless capacity, in all genres,” Laube notes.
New Adult became an official category in 2013 when it received its own Book Industry Standards and Communications Code. The genre is generally considered to be stories that feature primarily college-aged heroines learning to deal with life in their early twenties…with a special emphasis on romance and sex.
While I agree that this category targets primarily female readers between 18 and 25, the YA + Sex idea is too restrictive. Putting aside the idea that sex is usually tied to some emotional response (whether the characters admit it or not), NA is much more than YA + Sex.
Just as YA broke boundaries by working with content that reflected the real coming-of-age struggles of teenagers approaching adulthood, NA can have the same impact. Publishers like Atria went from producing zero NA titles in 2012 to its current goal of releasing 15-20 each year. As the category finds its readers and more publishers move into the arena, NA stories will expand to encompass much more than teen angst plus sex.
Anytime there is a new movement like this in publishing, it’s important to be part of the first wave. Yes, your entry into publishing will be more difficult because publishers (and booksellers) right now are not sure where the category might go. So show them! Send out your unique NA manuscript. Be the first, and reap the rewards by launching your career by leading the way.
Very well done in terms of writing style and choices, and the concept was interesting. This book follows several people who all feel that they participated in the accidental death of a child. The single night of her death haunts them for twenty years; each handles that event in different ways.
It was very difficult over the first 100 pages and even at points later to remember who was who, though. I struggled to keep track of the individuals, their histories, and the tracks of their lives. That was particularly annoying as I got further into the book. But in the end, I was glad to have read this.
If you’ve ever considered self-publishing a children’s picture book or a chapter book (which also has a number of illustrations), you know the cost can be out of most people’s reach. Amazon has developed a program that helps you create and market a children’s book without having to spend a huge amount of money.
KDP Kids is the new children’s-focused illustrated and chapter book category in the Kindle Store. Amazon is also offering the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator for the creation and production of kids’ digital titles in a Kindle format. Authors can prepare their prose or illustrated books, upload them to KDP Kids and use a variety of filters for age, grade and reading levels to place the title and attract the specific customer leveled for their titles.
KDP Kids authors will also have access to marketing tools such as Countdown Deals and Free Book promotions. They are also eligible to enroll in Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s e-book subscription service, and the Kindle Lending Library.
Flatiron Books is Macmillion’s new historical book imprint. Their first list of seven titles will be released this winter. Once Flatiron Books is up to full speed, it’ll publish five to six books every month. The seek distinctive ideas from unique voices.
Have a nonfiction project that’s perfect for them? Submit your sample chapters and book proposal right away! Let me know if I can help you. I’m always available.
What an astonishing book. I considered and passed by this novel several times before giving it a chance, and I’m glad I did.
This is a quiet tale…not in terms of plot but in how the author presents the different lives. There is a lot of upheaval for the individuals, and each has to work out their relationships with each other in their self-made family and with others. But the voice and how each of the events and relationships are presented is paced in a way that makes you feel the lives they are leading.
Really an exceptional experience.
Here’s a list of YA publishers that have launched recently (within about the last 5 years).
Akashic/Black Sheep Books wants stories with engaging, realistic, and diverse characters that young adults (and adults, the critical second audience for YA stories) can relate to.
Amazon/Skyscape seeks engaging stories for teens and adult crossover readers from diverse genres including contemporary, fantasy, and romance.
Capstone/Switch looks for a wide variety of genres and formats including graphic novels, westerns, romance, illustrated memoir, historical fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction and nonfiction, including how-to.
Carolrhoda Lab wants distinctive, provocative, boundary-pushing fiction for teens.
ChiTeen seeks dark, well-written genre fiction that includes science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, and horror; stories that don’t necessarily have a happy ending.
F&W/Merit Press looks for a Millennial version of classic YA novels: deeply emotional stories about ordinary kids caught in extraordinary circumstances, coming of age in a complex contemporary world.
Harlequin Teen wants commercial YA fiction of all genres.
Month9Books seeks speculative fiction where nothing is as it seems.
Poisoned Pen Press/Poisoned Pencil looks for edgy mysteries and complex stories that capture “the vibrant teen cocktail of superior wisdom, immediate need, and sometimes hidden honesty.”
Soho Teen looks for mysteries and thrillers.
Sourcebooks Fire wants innovative storytelling in all genres in authentic teen voices.
Triangle Square Editions/Seven Stories Press looks for works that combine social justice and good storytelling. Tagline: “Telling personal stories of courage and commitment.”
Zondervan/Blink likes storytelling that inspires, enriches, and uplifts.