One Writer’s Journey

February 18, 2014

Call for Manuscripts

If you have written a young adult or new adult novel, then you might want to take a look at Clean Teen Publishing.  When I first saw the name of the publisher, I thought that they must limit what they publish.  No sex here!   But that’s not how the approach it.

This publisher acknowledges that some teens won’t read a book that isn’t at least a little sexy while others aren’t comfortable with much beyond a kiss.  That’s why each Clean Teen book receives a rating in four different areas:  substance, swearing, violence and sex.

Where many publishers want one book and, following a view of your sales, will decide if you have a series, Clean Teen wants more.  They want either the first two novels in a series or a novel and a prequel novella.

I don’t know much more than this about Clean Teen but I find their approach intriguing.  For more on their submissions guidelines, click here.

Good luck!

–SueBE

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January 10, 2014

New Adult: A market more than a genre

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New AdultWhat is new adult?   That’s one of the big questions you are going to see discussed on blogs and in newsletters right now.  Why?  Because editors and agents are asking for it so writers want the parameters.  Until recently, I thought of new adult as a genre, but then I read this blog post on Writer Unboxed.

New adult isn’t a genre any more than picture book, chapter book or early reader is a genre.  New adult is a segment of the market.  Just as there are picture books that are humorous, contemporary, historic, nonfiction, fiction and more, new adult can be all of these things.  What sets it apart is the age of the intended reader.

New adult readers are . . . new adults.  They are college aged, although this doesn’t mean that they are all in college.  They are simply post high-school, meaning 18 and over and most likely no older than 26 or so.  Some of them want to read science fiction or fantasy.  Others want mysteries.  Still others want contemporary a stories.

I’ll admit that when I read these particular lines in the post, I laughed.

Uh, no. Not even close. This is wrong, wrong, wrong. So is the assumption that NA is just YA with sex. No, it isn’t. It isn’t a revamped version of chick lit. It is not only working class characters. It is not only tattooed guys or MMA fighters. Or even just romance. It’s time travel and horror. It’s science fiction and mainstream. It’s light romance, and smart romance and tough romance. Very sexy and not really.

And why did this make me laugh?  Because, to date, I have read one book billed as new adult.  It is about two college students, one of whom is a tattooed guy who just happens to be an MMA fighter.  And, I would definitely describe the book I read as YA with a lot of explicit sex.

I’ll accept that there is more to it than that and that it can be about a wide range of topics.  That’s believable.  But I’m also going to be much more choosy when I pick out my next New Adult book.  Otherwise, my next book might also be my last.

–SueBE

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