With the changes in the publishing industry to accommodate writers, who are breaking in whether through traditional or e-pub, there is a wave of new things to cover.
First there are new genres.
- NA – stands for New Adult books. This is for young adults who have left their parents house and are trying to make it in the world on their own. A lot of the stories are focused around college students or young adults in the working world. Some new NA books that are hot grabs are Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster. Check out USA Today’s article about this genre and the authors making headlines at http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/04/15/new-adult-genre-is-the-hottest-category-in-book-publishing/2022707/ . ( I just recently found out about this genre. )
- Metaphysical Fiction – It is not really a new genre but more of a sub-category of fiction writing, whether it is for YA, MG or adult books. This subject covers the mixture of some fantasy with real world phenomenon and or magic. You can read a better description of what this category covers at Karen M. Rider’s blog at http://www.karenmrider.com/what-is-metaphysical-fiction/ . She goes over the category really well along with visionary fiction. The post is a great read.
The new writing styles have been put into these new categories to help readers find these books. The changes seem minuscule and sure there are categories above I left out. But you can find them on your own by visiting Amazon or Goodreads and searching through the many categories.
So what are the headaches to come with these changes.
- Readers will have that many more choices to choose from.
- Older books will have to be re-categorized to accommodate the new genres.
But here is the plus side to all this for authors out there. We can now have our works more specifically categorized. Which in turn will help all those readers out there who know what they are looking for in a good book.
So read on, fellow book enthusiast. And may the writers imagination be forever endless.