The feedback and trends from my recent BEA meetings and meetings with editors in New York City were varied, but there were some genre take aways that I can share that reflect where the industry is right now–especially in commercial trade publishing.
I’m not saying anything new, you’ve probably all heard this on Twitter, on blogs, or in bookstores. But, here are trends that have arguably hit saturation:
- Time Travel
That doesn’t mean that editors aren’t looking at it. Some will consider it, but ONLY if it is very, very special and unique. It does mean that the number of editors that would take a chance on it right now are super slim.
Many argue that there is so much paranormal etc. on the shelves right now, so why can’t we query with it? The truth is that those book were acquired 12-24 months ago and are just coming out now. The trends have crested in terms of acquisitions at this point and you will still see books coming out–and voracious readers consume these great books–for some time, but editors are not actively looking in this space unless you’re doing something never been done. Science fiction imprints and other publishers that focus on these markets will certainly be after this, but the trends are not as big as they were when multiple editors at every major house were keen on it.
As THE HUNGER GAMES movies continue to roll out you’ll see a spike in dystopia sales.
And the thing about trends is that they’re always moving and developing and by the time I post this I’m sure there is something ‘new’ or something ‘old’. I never suggest following or chasing trends. Always write what you’re passionate about, but never write in a vacuum. Terrific writing will rise above. Editors are always looking for great books, no matter the genre or trend.