I’m late once again with my post, but I’ve got a couple good excuses–no, really. I’m working on a guest post for a fellow blogger, I was nominated for the Liebster Award, which I intend to respond to, and I’m working to finish the first revision of my WIP (at which point I’ll turn right around to start the second revision).
Sprinkled in with the oatmeal, I’ve tossed entries into some pitch contests, with another coming up on St. Patty’s Day (#PitMad). Now, I’ve had hits and misses with pitch contests, and I was going to lay off the contests for a while, but sometimes you just have to say what the hell, can’t hurt.
I missed in #PitchMadness this past week, but considering only 60 entries were accepted out of 811, those are pretty long odds. Four teams each got to pick 15 entries, and the agent round starts next week, I think. Anyway, I watched the list of picks announced on Twitter.
Another round of Writer’s Doubt followed.
The picks in these contests lean heavily toward YA and MG. I feel like everyone and their brother are picking YA. Now, granted, these contests select genre depending on the interests of the participating agents, and I get that, but I feel kinda left out. My target audience is adults, and my genres include mystery (with some extrasensory sprinkled in) and fantasy (contemporary and traditional).
Young adult is popular. So many great YA books and authors out there, including John Green, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and so many more. Hell, James Patterson and Kathy Reichs are writing YA. A lot of the writers in the groups I belong to write MG and YA. Good for them!
So, now’s about the time I wonder if I should jump into the pool and write some YA. I have no delusions about writing MG; I don’t think I work well at that level. Young Adult stories star characters who are anywhere from 13 to 18 years old, and struggle against outside and inside forces, including those we all face growing up and trying to find ourselves. Romance is game, but no sex. I’m okay with that.
Hmm. Didn’t like it the first time around, and not sure I want to dip into those reserves. I spent a lot of time working through all that growing up stuff, and now I’m older (ugh), wiser (I hope), and things that seemed earth-shattering back then I now know were just tremors in the firmament.
Agents are looking for YA. Do I shift from my target audience and try YA? I’ve got a ready test subject in a daughter who loves to read and is in the age range. Would writing YA improve my odds of snagging an agent? Maybe. Probably.
I. Can’t. Do. It.
I have a fantasy with a main character who is about 17, but it isn’t entirely her story. I guess I could tweak it so I could claim it as YA fantasy. That project is on my list after finishing my WIP, because fantasy is enjoying a resurgence right now, but I don’t know if I should tune it that way.
Decisions, decisions. One of the guiding principles of writing is: don’t write for the market. Write the story you want to tell. Vampires were super hot from the time of Anne Rice’s debut through the Twilight series, but now there seems to be such a glut of vamp stuff that I suspect anything in that vein (heh, see what I did there 🙂 ) is forwarded straight to the slush pile. Same with were-whatever stuff. Dragon shifters are hot now (heh, see that 🙂 ), but I suspect their run is coming to an end as well.
So, I think I’ll stick with my genres, and keep writing for grown-ups. At least for now.
On a different note, it’s time to start thinking garden again. I’m planning to start my seeds in the house this week. The way the weather’s been, I suspect we’ll have an early spring.
Keep on writing!