One Writer’s Journey

February 27, 2013

Who Are These New Adults You Speak of?

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:54 am
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Title #1 on the Goodreads list.

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.





  1. I feel ‘Dear Author’ is the closest, though the wording sounds a bit harsh to anyone actually in that frame. ‘Clear Eyes, Full Shelves’ is close too, though I’d be hesitant to say all the way up to 30, perhaps more like 25 at the top limits. Definitely the crowd pre-marriage and kids I feel.

    Comment by Kirstie — February 28, 2013 @ 3:34 am | Reply

  2. Kirstie,
    Like you, I thought that 30 seemed to be pushing it but thought I would toss that out and see what other people think.

    Comment by SueBE — February 28, 2013 @ 9:05 pm | Reply

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