- New Adult is about characters from age 18-25 engaging in the next step of their lives
- It’s about many firsts (like romance and going out into the world to live alone)
- It’s intense, 1st person writing, dramatic fiction and very fun.
- It’s about high intensity, lots of stakes, a passionate journey, and strong desires.
- New Adult readers are an engaged readership. They are loyal readers and fans.
- New Adult readers should go to their bookshops and tell booksellers what they want to see in stores. Booksellers need to know what readers want.
- New Adult editions are original trade paper. Editors are looking for authors that can write and produce fast, good work.
- New Adult readers don’t care if books are self published or traditionally published. They’re looking for great books no matter the format (e or p). They are a digital age group.
- Repurposed chick lit or things that didn’t sell before aren’t New Adult.
- Many agents who represent both YA and Adult books are interested in NA because it’s that college age gap.
- But not all agents are interested in NA if they rep YA. It’s a different category with different editors.
- Review agent guidelines and check the deal reports for agents that are repping and selling NA.
Required reading: See Abbi Glines, Cora Carmack , Jamie McGuire, Katie McGarry, and Tammara Webber.