She currently lives and works as a graphic designer in
Yukon Territory, Canada.
She's always working on several story ideas in different corners of the YA and New Adult genres.
***What is an author to do if they want to combine the ‘coming of age’ YA story with the more mature situations of an adult story?
Create a new genre of course.
What’s the best way to start a new genre in an industry full of the ‘fear of change’ and ‘profitability’?
Self-publish it of course.
While I find that Young Adult and the sparkly new New Adult are less ‘genre’ and more of a ‘category’, the important thing is a whole new world of possibilities has just opened up.
While there is no hard and fast definition, there have been a lot of new patterns in writing toward young people that are becoming the New Adult Conventions.
These emerging conventions are (but are not limited to) college aged protag’s (~18-25) who are experiencing life and change for the first time, but at a slightly more mature level than their YA counterparts. As the characters are over 18, sexual situations, controversial topics such as drug use, and the pesky problem of the parents are suddenly much easier to handle- leaving more time for writing gritty stories and less time worrying about the offensiveness of it.
New Adult opens up an authors readership as well because both teens and adults can pull something from these books that they can relate to. Thanks to the ever popular Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth and the plethora of authors who have flooded the main stream, reading these kinds of ‘kids books’ is no longer shameful, or embarrassing or whatever ridiculous reason people were ashamed to read them in the first place.
New Adult is also a pretty easy transition for a YA writer and it seems every time I log into Goodreads I see established YA writers releasing their first New Adult novel.
NEW ADULT and SELF-PUBLISHING
While I can’t be certain, because I do not have accesses to any of the big 6 publishing houses, I would be willing to say that it seems more self-published authors have been embracing the New Adult storytelling.
My theory for this is that it takes years for a sneeze to happen in traditional publishing and Self and Indie publishers are more on top of this fun new genre because they are just faster at putting stuff out, and they don’t have the ‘bottom line’ to worry about.
Self published writers write stories they are passionate about, publishers publish stories that will sell.
But without taking the risk of publishing a few NA books how are we to know if this is the next ‘million dollar genre’?
We look to the Indie writer…
Indie and self-published writers are taking risks and blazing the trail for New Adult Literature.
Traditional’s will catch up, they usually do.
But in the mean time… Blaze away great writers! Blaze away!
Some New Adult reads:
I've read a few in this category, and I am really enjoying them. Have you read any New Adult titles?