She who is a voracious reader and also happens to be my wife, saw a Huff Post interview with John Green, author of "The Fault in Our Stars." She thought I'd appreciate this quote:
Will it be a Young Adult book?
Yeah. I'm not interested in writing for adults. I like them as people! I don't like the way they publish books in that world. Nothing ever gets a chance. I like our world because the good books, the best books, hang around. With "The Fault in our Stars," way more than 50 percent of readers are adults.
Submitting to agents is exasperating and my limited experience has caused my eyes to stray toward other options beyond traditional publishing. Each agent seems to have their own prerequisites about formatting, how much novel they want to see, what else they want to see with sample pages. Then they interpret your work - how well your work and idea come across, the market for your book...well, it's a market, not just for a published manuscript, but for finding an agent, with typical market dynamics involved. Agents make their money by trying to find authors with a completed manuscript that will help the agent make a living. I can't blame them for that. YA is a hot market.
Wife, of course, thinks I should write YA. A few of my completed novels are YA SFF - well, completed is a gradoise term for written pages. They need revisions, editing and polishing before they're completed sufficiently to be submitted.
I'll need to edit like crazy to finish them.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com