I was at a couple of other children’s publishers yesterday and let me tell you, all the editors eagerly asked if I had anything for middle grade right now (which, sadly, I don’t). Lots and lots of room in the MG world.
My book's not MG, but my impression of YA is that it's a spectrum, and my book's near the younger end of it. I see my target readers as being in the twelve- to thirteen-year-old range.
From Kristin Nelson's blog, tonight:
Because I promised to share my notes (and I only have about 10 minutes to blog), here is what I have scribbled down from the children’s editors I talked to. In no particular order:
--Looking for contemporary stories with a paranormal element. Contemporary main story with just a touch of paranormal.
--voice and character driven fiction (isn’t that what all editors want?)
--a family-oriented story with complicated relationship between main character and parents or main character and siblings etc.
Check, I'd say.
Again, borderline check.
--MG or YA with boy protagonists
Big time check.
Man, I've got to finish revising and get my MS out there.