I was so happy when I saw this Goodreads update:
I zoned right in on the term ‘New Adult’ and looked it up immediately, finally feeling that a long-awaited problem I’ve had has been solved. My books (The Darkwoods Trilogy) have been labeled YA since before I even published them (because I didn’t know how else to label them). But looking at so many other YA books out there, I always had sort of an issue with mine being considered YA because there are sexual scenes and language in my YA books and they really are geared toward adults and older teenagers, 16 +.
The problem I have is with the term ‘young’, because apparently Amazon considers YA as ‘children’s’ literature and that’s entirely inaccurate in my opinion. I don’t even think Amazon has a category for YA (I never found one – just found ‘juvenile fiction’), but classifies everything up to about age twenty as a children’s book. I’ve seen a lot of so-called YA books on Amazon get bad reviews from disgruntled parents (I’m assuming they are parents) because their YA book which had sexual content and language was placed in the Children’s category. But the truth is, it’s not the author’s fault. There’s not a proper category on Amazon to place these sorts of books.
Anyway, back on topic – I definitely think that the NEW ADULT category needs to be recognized more widely. Here are two great posts about this evolving new category:
I think that Children’s Fiction should be 12 and under, Young Adult Fiction should be 13-16 (older depending on content) and New Adult Fiction should be 17 and up. Just my opinion. So how do we get places like Amazon to recognize this sort of thing? Because I really hate being forced to put my books in any children’s category because they don’t belong there. I’m personally going to change anything that says I write YA fiction, to New Adult and I’m going to send Amazon an email. I know I can’t change their way of doing things by myself, but maybe if a lot of New Adult authors kind of band together and all contact them?
What is your opinion on all of this?