So unless you're living under a rock or something, there's this whole new category of books called New Adult that's really popular now. I know of several authors who have self-published New Adult books, and they are doing very well. I've also seen numerous book deals in the past six months on Publisher's Marketplace in which previously self-published NA books have been sold to traditional publishers in some pretty sweet deals.
Now I'm not going to lie - I've thought about writing one of those books, but I've held off. Why? Because right now New Adult is really doing well for contemporary themes and my brain doesn't want to come up with straight contemporary plots. I naturally gravitate to strange and weird ideas, things that aren't found in the real world. Does that mean I'll never write a contemporary book? No...it just means I haven't found the right idea yet. Because I do love reading contemporary stories. In fact some of my favorite recent reads have been contemporary. Easy by Tammara Webber, Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas, Losing It by Cora Carmack, and If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch are just a few. Out of those titles, three of them are New Adult.
What I'm really wondering (and hoping) is that New Adult's popularity will expand to encompass other areas such as science fiction, fantasy, and historical. I'm critiquing a FANTASTIC New Adult historical book right now that's set during the prohibition era and I'd love to find more books like that.
So what do you think about New Adult? Have you read any of those books? And if you have, what are some titles you would recommend?