For those of you that are YA authors, here is a valuable post on the topic of whether or not inclusion of romance is necessary from Shannon A. Thompson’s blog
Romance sells. (Or, as they usually say, sex sells.) And now more than ever, sex is being introduced into young adult literature every day. But that’s another debate for another day. Instead, I wanted to focus on the overall umbrella term of romance in YA.
Is romance necessary in every YA book?
The short answer is no, of course not. But the long answer is a lot more complicated.
If you’re a first-time author, then you probably already know the struggles of completing a manuscript, editing one, joining the query trenches, and understanding the marketplace.
More often than not, romance sells better than anything else.
Why? Well, we have to consider our buyer.
Ten years ago, YA literature was widely bought by the YA crowd (ages 14-18), but more recently, the average age of the YA buyer has increased to 20-25. (Hey, look! There’s me!) Granted, there is a lot…
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