New Adult Fiction is HOT!

According to USA Today, New Adult fiction is the hot new category in books. Read their article here: USA TODAYI could have told them that, but surprisingly enough, they didn't consult me. 

The first New Adult book I read was Slammed by Colleen Hoover. After that, I was hooked. I've always been a huge fan of Young Adult. I have enjoyed reading YA since the whole Twilight craze. Whether you loved or hated the Twilight series, is not important. For me, I loved it at the time and that's what got me started on a reading frenzy again. I couldn't get enough reading YA books of all flavors, especially paranormal, for awhile. 

Now, it is extremely hard for me to find a paranormal book I want to read. Especially a vampire paranormal. I just cringe at the thought. Or a werewolf. *shudders*

After reading a few books from the NA genre, I've found most of the YA books I've tried to read seemed too immature for my taste. Don't get me wrong, I still love a good, edgy YA, or a dystopian. But for the most part, my tastes have grown up. And no, it's not about sex. Not completely. If it were just about the sex, I would have enjoyed reading the Fifty Shades series more than I did -- for the record, I didn't even make it all the way through book three.

So far in 2013, I've read 24 books. Of those twenty-four books, 50% of them have been NA. 

What is it about NA that keeps me interested? For one thing, the authors writing them are amazingly gifted at what they do. Many of them have opted to do things a little "backwards." What do I mean by that? Let me explain.

Used to be if you wanted to publish a book you had to write the book, obviously. Then you had to capture the attention of an agent. Any author who has spent time going through the querying process knows that this part of the whole adventure ranks right up there with having your fingernails extracted one by one with pliers. Not pleasant. If you were able to secure an agent -- good for you. 

Many extremely popular, bestselling authors of NA have bypassed the whole agent process and opted to self-publish their work. Selling oodles and oodles of books and doing quite well without an agent in the process. After these books "prove themselves" in the marketplace they might just get noticed by the people you want to sit up and take notice. THEN comes the publishing contract. That's what I mean by doing things a little "backwards."

Don't get me wrong, it's not just the NA authors that are going about things a little differently. Authors of every genre are hearing the call to self-publish. Every Monday on my sister blog, Just Bookin' Around, I post the top ten bestselling self-published ebooks as gathered from 

More and more NA books are rising to the top of the heap. And I don't see that trend going away anytime soon. 

What do you think? What are your thoughts on the whole NA phenomena? Passing fad? Or here to stay?

Lori L. Clark

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