Just last week, I came across a new literary term — New Adults. You can write for a middle grade audience, a young adult audience or a new adult audience. Aren’t these what we’ve been calling cross over books? I decided to click and read and see how various other people are defining this category.
At Dear Author, Jane explains that these characters are post-high school but not yet loaded down with adult responsibilities.
Kelly at Stacked , points out that this is more of a marketing term than anything else. They use it to indicate books with a YA feel but more adult content.
At Clear Eyes, Full Shelves, they explain that this is meant to fill a gap between 18 years old and 30.
So . . . as always there seems to be very little agreement. Lots of kvetching about it being more than just sex, which leads me to believe that there must be a lot of sex or there wouldn’t be a need for all the kvetching.
Jill Corcoran had a link to the Goodreads new adult reading list. Lots of skin. Lots of snogging.
So what is New Adult? Cross over plus? Prime time? I’m still not 100% certain, but none of my work is a fit so it isn’t a huge issue for me just yet.