We assume most of you have already seen this USA Today article about "New Adult" being the new hot genre.
Oh, Publishing Industry... both a fickle and whimsical dame, you are...
Navigating the exhilarating, sometimes dangerous chasm between adolescence and adulthood, these novels — aimed at readers out of high school — are roaring up the best-seller list. The setting often is a college campus and the vibe is intense as only young love can be. It's sex, bad boys, too much drama and, if you consulted the characters' parents, not nearly enough library time!
For evidence, check out USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list, where Jamie McGuire's Walking Disasteris currently No. 1.
It's the companion book to McGuire's 2012 hitBeautiful Disaster, the tale of tormented college lovers Abby and Travis. She's on the straight and narrow while he's "Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand."
McGuire has gone from a digital self-publishing success to landing a major publisher, Atria, which publishes her books in print and e-book formats.Beautiful Disaster sold more than 500,000 copies and Warner Bros. has optioned the film rights.
McGuire, 34, who lives in Oklahoma, credits the "self-publishing revolution" for the explosion of New Adult and creating a niche where none existed, filling the gap between Young Adult (YA, for readers ages 12-18) and commercial women's fiction for readers in their 20s and older.
An established writer of 13 novels, Armentrout says New Adult is "the perfect middle ground" for a YA writer like herself who wanted to explore more mature issues. YA "has your characters' firsts: their first love, first hate." With New Adult, "it's more serious. The characters are older. They love more strongly and they are doing it without the safety net of parents or close high school friends," she says.
Interest in the category has generated a New Adult website (www.nalley.com) for both readers and writers called "NA Alley: Bridging the Gap Between Young Adult and Adult Fiction." One of the founders, Carrie Butler, 26, is an Ohio writer whose New Adult novel Strength (Sapphire Star) was published last month.