As if it's not bad enough that I'll be attending several upcoming meetings about her future (and what classes will lead to said future), I've been noticing a lot of other growing up signs. *sniff, sniff*
My oldest loves to read. In addition, she's an advanced reader. She's been reading Young Adult for almost four years. At first, I pre-read every book to determine if it was appropriate. After a while, I trusted her judgement. She's a great kid with a good head on her shoulders.
Now she wants to move into New Adult. I have some very intense feelings about this. I understand that some of the YA is on the younger end, and she's exhausted a lot of the options thanks to her veracious reading habits.
She loves paranormal/fantasy, but she doesn't like a lot of romance. So far, the NA books I've read have been focused on amping up the sex. Quite frankly, some of the supposed YA books are way too focused on that subject matter. Not okay for my almost 14 year old. (I so sound like a fuddy-duddy -- wait, that word choice didn't help, did it?)
I'd love to hear from other parents, and New Adult authors, about the genre. What do you like/not like about it? Is it really just a glorified adult book?
Please check back on Monday, 2/24/14, for my thoughts on the NA genre from a mother's point of view. I want to devote an entire post to the topic.
Wednesdays are my A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) check ins.
I am considering entering the Amazon Breathrough Novel Award, but I have to admit I'm pretty freaked out by the "pitch" portion. Any advice from authors who've gone before me?
My blurb is coming along slowly, so I'm sure that's why the pitch idea is so terrifying. Why is it easier to write an entire novel than to summarize it in a marketable way? ARGH!