Friday, May 30, 2008

Musing Again

This is a perfect example of why I love Sarah Weinman's blog. I'm checking my closets now.

7 comments:

Ryan Field said...

I owned an art gallery for ten years in New Hope, PA. And I swear, there was a guy living in my storage closet for months one summer and I never knew it. It happens.

Jaye Wells said...

The other night my son tried to convince me we have a rogue dog living in our house. The only problem, according to the kid, is when you at it, the dog disappears. I think I have a budding author on my hands.

josh said...

Mr.Lyons, I have a general question regarding submissions that I was wondering if you could answer.

I'm writing a literary fiction book, and the main character happens to be in his late teens, 19, but the novel deals with adult themes (cancer, suicide, death, religion...) in an adult way. The character happens to turn twenty throughout the course of the story. If I'm just hoping to get this book placed somewhere on the "general fiction" shelf at B&N, but the character happens to still be a -teen, does it automatically mean it becomes Young Adult Literary Fiction? And would those character ages turn an agent off from an otherwise respectable query because they're afraid it'd be considered YA LitFic, and hence, would not sell?

And thank you for your helpful blog.

Jonathan Lyons said...

It sounds like it's coming of age, which can either be classified as YA or adult, depending on the writing style (and not the subject matter, which is a result of YA readers becoming so sophisticated in terms of themes).

I don't think agents are automatically turned off by coming of age adult literary fiction, but just make sure it's actually adult. Sometimes this type of material falls smack dab in the middle of YA and adult, which can make it harder sell.

josh said...

Thanks! That helps a lot

JohnO said...

That's why I always thought those "rooms by the half-hour" hotels were so cutting-edge and efficient! Then my parents set me straight ...

La Gringa said...

If you liked that, you'll love this one. Just bizarre!