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New Adult

How To Find Beta Readers for Your Work

roseMany aspiring writers struggle to find beta readers to help them polish a manuscript.

Over at Reddit, self-published new adult author Aubrey Rose shared her secret for finding early readers for your work. Writers of all different genres can benefit from her advice. Check it out:

Don’t ask family or friends; their critiques are worthless. Are you part of any writing groups? You should be! Go join a few now for your next novel. I have a group of awesome friends online who have been invaluable beta readers for me. For now, go to Goodreads and find an author who writes the same kind of stuff as you. Look at the people who’ve reviewed his stuff, and consider if their reviews are accurate and insightful. Message 5 of them and ask them if they would read and critique your work. But really, fellow authors are the best because they can point out tangles in your structure and help you fix them better than readers can.

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Publishing Your Illustrations and Cartoons

Publishing Your Illustrations and CartoonsStarting December 2, learn how to prepare and submit illustrations for publication! In this course, you'll learn how to pitch your ideas to new publications, approach book publishers with your illustrations, put together a picture book dummy, and start your own illustrated blog. Register now!

What Is New Adult Fiction?

Our Self-Published Bestseller List has been packed with books labeled as “new adult fiction” and we’ve spotted some articles about the evolving genre.

To help GalleyCat readers, we created a quick primer on new adult fiction, complete with free samples of books by leading adult fiction writers.

The label was first used in 2009 when St. Martin’s Press hosted a contest looking for stories that could be marketed to both YA readers and adult readers. The contest described for new adult fiction as books “with protagonists who are slightly older than YA and can appeal to an adult audience.”

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Is Angst the Secret Ingredient of New Adult Fiction?

We’ve already answered the question “What Is New Adult Fiction?,” but Bookish has a new essay exploring the key ingredients of a successful new adult novel.

Editors and authors shared their thoughts, useful intelligence for anyone interested in the new genre. Most agreed that “angst” was the most important theme. Here’s more from Bookish:

While angst has gotten a bad rap in the past few decades as it’s been equated with whiny teenagers, editors and writers think more about its original German meaning of “fear or anxiety.” Claire Zion, editorial director at Penguin’s imprint NAL, characterized angsty NA protagonists as “people in very real, kind of dark situations,” often due to alcoholism or abandonment. “They’re not glamorized at all, which romance often is. I don’t think that they’re exaggerated bad situations; they’re very real to common American experience. A lot of teens are growing up in broken homes or mixed families. Their parents have troubled pasts. People want to write about it, and people want to read about it.”

New Adult Fiction Featured at Sony eBookstore

Sony eBookstore singled out the new adult fiction genre with a special section today, running a sale on many of the authors who once topped our Self-Published Bestsellers List.

The sale includes books by J. A. Redmerski, Tammara WebberJamie McGuire and Colleen Hoover. We published a handy primer about the genre, What Is New Adult Fiction? Here is an excerpt:

The label was first used in 2009 when St. Martin’s Press hosted a contest looking for stories that could be marketed to both YA readers and adult readers. The contest described for new adult fiction as books “with protagonists who are slightly older than YA and can appeal to an adult audience.”

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ABC News Features Colleen Hoover & New Adult Fiction

ABC News will feature Colleen Hoover and other “new adult” writers, but many fans of the genre are upset that the network called the genre “smut fiction” in a headline, despite the fact Hoover’s books do not include racy content. We’ve collected some Twitter complaints below…

Here’s an excerpt from the ABC News story:  ”And ‘New adult’ authors like Colleen Hoover are getting the rock star treatment. At a recent book-signing at A Real Bookstore in Fairview, Texas, fans drove hundreds of miles for a chance to meet her. A year ago, Hoover was a social worker, raising her three sons with her husband in a single-wide trailer.”

In April, Hoover will be a keynote speaker in our online course to help independent authors finish their books. If you want more background about the origins of the genre, read our What Is New Adult Fiction? story.

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New Adult Novel Tops Our Self-Published Bestsellers List

For the second time this year, Jessica Sorensen has topped our Self Published Bestsellers List with another new adult novel. Check out our What Is New Adult Fiction? post for more about this booming genre.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we have compiled lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

We update these lists every week, tracking how writers perform inside these booming marketplaces. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book. If you are an author, check out our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post and our How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

 

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