Today we have author Abria Mattina sharing a guest post with everyone and celebrating our blogoversary with us!
She is also giving away a copy of her book, Wake, to one lucky visitor today.
Now over to Abria!
Lately I’ve been having a lot of discussions with readers and bloggers about the term “New Adult” and how it affects the books we read and recommend to others.
I came across the term “New Adult” when I first began to promote Wake. It was a hard book to categorize because although the characters are young, they face issues and use words that are appropriate for a slightly older audience. Essentially, Wake is a book geared towards readers in their early twenties and beyond. It appeals to college-aged people who want to read about young characters but are bored with “teenager” topics like prom and chasing boys.
The problem is that New Adult isn’t a category listed on most retailers’ websites, on bookstore shelves, or even on most book blogs. I had to find a way to convey to potential readers that this was a book about young people, but not necessarily for young people. My worst fear was that someone would hand Wake to a thirteen-year-old and then send me hate mail for scarring that kid. I went so far as to list Wake as general fiction just to prevent this from happening.
One blogger I discussed this with made an excellent point about identity. She’s an avid reader, still in her early twenties, and said she felt that there was no distinct level or term to describe who she is as a reader and what she wants out of a book. The industry has tapped into the teen market with Young Adult, but the college-aged market seems to be under-served. It’s a nice feeling, to pick up a book and recognize that it was written specifically for who you are at any given phase of life.
I hope that over the next few years, with the YA market continuing to boom as it has been, that the term New Adult will take hold. I think it could be a helpful way to guide the choices of readers and parents when it comes to books that contain mature content and young characters. What do you think? Would labeling a book “New Adult” help you make decisions about what to read or recommend?
My blog: http://www.abriamattina.com
One copy of Wake to one lucky commenter.
- If you live in the US and win you have the option of a Kindle copy, or Paperback copy.
- If you live outside the US you will automatically get a Kindle copy.
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- This giveaway will end one week from today.
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Eighteen isn’t too young to run your life into the ground, but it’s not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John’s, Newfoundland back to her hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She’s looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town, back to the life he knew before cancer. By letting the tragedies in their lives define them, they are both dying a little more every day. Welcome to the wake.