STATUS: End of the day. Just got back from Mario Batali’s restaurant Casa Mono where my husband and I met Linnea’s editor Anne Groell and her husband.
What song is playing on the iPod right now? Actually nothing at the moment.
I’ve been all over today and yesterday so I thought I’d share a quick summary of info passed my way.
While talking to my film agent, YA is a little harder to sell lately since SISTERHOOD didn’t do as well as anticipated in the box offices. Now we have to pray for the next Lindsey Lohan movie to break out to get the folks excited about YA material again.
What’s being asked for? Male-driven comedy and family stories. Interesting. (And please don’t send me screenplay queries. I don’t rep screenplays. I only do book to film.)
Some editors made it very clear that they didn’t want Lifetime TV soap opera drama but
but more reality-based yet commercial stuff (think the movie FRIENDS WITH MONEY).
Several editors expressed a lovely wish to find the next Jodi Picoult (and let me tell you, I’d love to find that too!).
One editor wanted mature chick lit with tough, acerbic heroines.
Another editor wanted a smart young voice (a la PREP).
Paranormal and romantic suspense are still hot. Would like to see some different elements tackled in paranormal rather than the same-old (so think beyond vampires and werewolves).
A ghost-hunting series would be cool. Urban fantasy and more urban fantasy.
Thrillers and Mysteries
Thrillers were mentioned (but since I don’t rep them, I didn’t pay too much attention—sorry). The emphasis seemed to be on Templars and the like. Cozy mysteries of all stripes.
One editor was avid for thriller/horror hybrid.
Market is wide open to anything as long as the story encompasses an intimate point of view. Genre can be contemporary, fantasy, horror, wry chick lit, multicultural. Voice is everything.
Lots of folks looking for big historicals (a la THE HISTORIAN) or even women’s fiction historicals.
Several editors expressed interest in some new literary voices.
Lots of room for a debut author to break in. Just remember, the editors aren’t expecting your call, but mine. Big smile here.