My research and study of genre has led me to the understanding that
it is terribly difficult to “break the mold”…
Agents don’t know what to make of you,
Publishers are afraid of you.
Readers might be willing to take a chance
but no one else has in order to get it to them.
With the inception of the genre “New Adult”
I had high hopes…
I like to write with characters 19-25 years old who learn about themselves and their place in this
big, bad world (or alternate reality/alien planet);
but then the hope died.
New Adult is not just college age…
it’s being streamlined into college romance with a few other older firsts tossed in for good measure.
Sure, I like romance about as much as the next person but I wouldn’t write a book where that’s my soul focus…
I’ll add a splash of romance blended into a subplot
but journeying, adventure, and the quest
rule my writing world.
That’s not to say that late teens and twenty-somethings wouldn’t like my work.
But “New Adult” is not the right mold for me…
but it’s close.
I’m learning about “crossover books” from book store owners and librarians…
It’s make up of writers who want to keep the spunk
of YA alive but deal with college-age issues
This is a tenuous beginning
but I’ve found the right mold at last to make my own.
Do you fit a genre mold?