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Posts Tagged ‘dystopian fiction’

Is Dystopian Lit Still Going Strong?

The New York Times recently profiled three young-adult dystopian titles: Bumped by Megan McCafferty, Crossed by Ally Condie, and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. All of these authors have published in the past, but fans of dystopian fiction can also expect some new novels from debut authors.

The video embedded above features the book trailer for Divergent, the first book in Veronica Roth‘s dystopian trilogy. Roth describes the book as being a story about “choice and identity.” According to Publishers Weekly, Roth’s agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe pitched it as “The Hunger Games meets The Matrix.”

Lauren DeStefano‘s Wither kicks off The Chemical Garden trilogy; it features a world where people are bound to a limited lifespan and strict marriage guidelines. In June, Elana Johnson will publish Possession. The story stars Vi, a rebellious heroine hellbent on thinking for herself. Will dystopian lit continue to rule or will Greek myths dominate?

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Find an Agent for Your YA Novel

Ally Condie (pictured, via) published several books before she came out with her recent New York Times bestseller, Matched.

We caught up with the author to find out how she landed an agent for her young adult manuscript–straight from the slush pile. We also found out what it takes to write dystopian fiction for a YA audience. Highlights from the interview follow below.

Q: How did you find your agent?
A: I sent out queries to agents who represented young adult fiction. I found their names online at agentquery.com and then researched them at Publishers’ Marketplace and online to make sure they would be a good fit (i.e., I wasn’t sending young adult fiction to those who didn’t represent it!). A friend clued me in to all of these websites—things had changed a bit since I originally queried my first book in 2004!

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