Status: Dashing out to next meeting in 30 minutes and sheesh, it’s hotter than blazes in New York City today. I’m melting. It’s suppose to be a high of 99 tomorrow. I may stick an ice cube in my bra. That’s probably TMI.
What’s Playing on the XM or iPod right now? I’M MELTING IN THE SUN by INXS (I couldn’t resist putting this title on!)
It’s official. I’ve had three meetings with three different editors at three different children’s publishing houses.
The new hot thing is “speculative” fiction.
I guess we don’t want to call it science fiction, futuristic, and definitely not dystopian. LOL.
Speculative is SF though.
For some editors, they don’t want a huge science focus or an emphasis on technology (as is a bit more traditional in adult SF). They want it based more concretely in an Earth or contemporary society anchor.
One editor actually said screw that. Bring on the next Ender’s Game (and I say Heck Yes to that! I totally want to see that book).
Editors also want:
Horror—not gore but scary as in I Know What You did Last Summer
Jodi Picoult with hot topic but for the teen set
Literary but with a hook
Editors are seeing a lot of mysteries with a romantic elements. So far, that doesn’t feel overly appealing to them. Of course it only takes one to break that mold and then every editor will want one.
We know how that goes.
Tags: middle grade, young adult