To be interesting.
What genre is your WIP? asks Nathan Bransford.
The results were pretty skewed when I voted a couple of days ago — like, 17% YA fantasy and 18% adult fantasy. Much more balanced now.
I’m surprised that paranormal has fallen under other fantasy. I think that’s good. I was finding it impossible to notice one fish in that sea, but maybe paranormal is going to settle down to a reasonable level. Just so long as I sell *my* paranormal, right? I hope my agent will read it Real Soon Now, not see anything big to fix, and start shopping it around pronto. Wouldn’t it be great to end the year with a nice sale? Time’s getting short, though, so don’t know how likely that is.
Almost none of Bransford’s responses indicate people are working on nonfiction, but I think that’s probably a self-selection effect — I expect the readers of his site are mostly into genre fiction.
I’d tend to lump MG and YA together. After talking to people at the World Fantasy Convention, I’m pretty much of the opinion that the two categories aren’t really distinct. For example, I’d say that the Harry Potter series is fundamentally MG, though it was sold as YA; and Merrie Haskell’s THE PRINCESS CURSE is really YA even though it was sold as MG.
Or really I’d say there’s no clear distinction and it might be better not to act as though there was. I don’t think it helps a book find readers to say it’s MG or YA — I think the opposite, that if you say a book is MG, a lot of readers who would love it will avoid it (like me: I’ve only just started reading more MG stories because I thought they were too young for me, but I’ve found out a lot of them don’t read as young as the MG label implies).
And I think parents might avoid looking at YA for their youngsters because they think all YA is hot paranormal romance, which if that’s the trend, I’d like to see a lot of pushback.
Anyway, interesting survey!