St. Martin’s New Adult Contest

November 17, 2009

Attention writers! Have you heard about St. Martin’s “New Adult” contest? Probably you have, since I am a little late on this one. But just in case, here is the info:

“We are actively looking for great, new, cutting edge fiction with protagonists who are slightly older than YA and can appeal to an adult audience. Since twenty-somethings are devouring YA, St. Martin’s Press is seeking fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of an ‘older YA’ or ‘new adult.’”

You can read the rest of the info here.

I love that they’re doing this! And yeah, people have pointed out this whole “new adult” thing isn’t really new, that there are many books that already fall into this category, but I think branding it as its own line is a great idea. I love thinking that these kind of books (which I personally love reading) will be easier to find and spot.

What I’ve been hearing lately is that books set in college or after high school don’t really do that well when published as YA. The consensus seems to be that a large portion of YA readers just aren’t interested in reading about college. (This seems to happen with TV shows, too – once the characters go to college, the ratings seem to drop off.) And even though a lot of adults read YA, they might not be into reading about the whole college thing either. But I wonder if those readers that ARE into it, say maybe the 18-22-year-olds would be even more into it if they knew exactly where to find it.

I also love that it gives hope to writers who have manuscripts that may have had trouble finding an agent or publisher because they feature protagonists deemed “too old” for YA and yet “too young” for adult.

Good luck to everyone entering the contest – I can’t wait to see the debut of the new line!

And now I am getting back to finishing up HAILEY TWITCH SAVES THE PLAY (this close, this close, this close!) which is about a seven-year-old, and definitely not a teen or adult book.

More later,

Posted by Lauren @ 10:28 am  

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  1. Christina says:

    Lauren Barnholdt,

    I loved your book, The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney! I just finished reading it and absolutely fell in love with it. I can’t wait to get Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better! It looks amazing! Are you going to keep going with the sequel? That would be great! PLEASE?! It would mean the world to me!
    Thanks! 🙂


  2. CLM says:

    Perhaps my taste is unusual but I always loved school and college settings, and even have my favorites categorized that way on Goodreads. Some of the books I love best with college settings are The Real Thing/du Jardin, Anne of the Island/LMM, Paper Chains/Jane Langton, and Daddy Long Legs (all excited about giving this for Xmas to a friend who has never read it). But after reading your post, I realize I can’t think of any college setting books published recently. Either I am not finding them or they are not being written!

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