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#1 TheMAG


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:48 PM

Hi there. So I'm revising a book I wrote and few agents I pitched to at a conference said I could send them the first chapters when I'm done revising. One agent said because my main character is 13 and that is right at the start of YA it probably should be a MG book. I'm hoping to make this into series and the content for this book might be MG but the other planned books would absolutely be YA.


Do you think it's ok to have the first book be MG and then plan for the sequels to be YA or all the books should be YA? Also I've heard a book should be classified as middle grade if the romance is very innocent (crushes, first kiss). That's the type of romance for my MC in this book. If I did go with my book being YA could I do that when the very innocent romance is the only kind in the book?



I would appreciate any advice.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:26 AM

Worked for JKR. 


This is why people advise against a 13-year-old protagonist btw, it's no-man's land as far as MG/YA. Generally, MG is 8-12, YA is 14-18, and people tend to stay away from 13 because it's hard to categorize.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 07:36 AM

Children grow and change; it's ok for series to develop for older readers. The most obvious example is Harry Potter, as Springfield suggested.


The way I would deal with it is follow the agent's advice and keep in my mind that your audience will develop. I wouldn't worry about the romance too much. I think a relationship between a young boy and girl is totally appropriate in MG, as it is in YA. Presumably there's nothing outside of any innocent moments of togetherness and understanding. Write as believable a pair of characters as you can.

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