Harry Potter is available now for digital download (for purchase and at libraries), which means that we can expect further increase in digital-book sales. And young adult titles make up the strongest-selling category in books.
So what kind of book are you writing?
If you’re an entrepreneur or a thought leader who’s creating a platform to build an audience and to strengthen your voice, you’re probably writing nonfiction. Don’t switch.
But do keep in mind what young-adult authors do: write clearly, talk about any range of difficult subjects in terms that are accessible (avoid jargon, that is), and don’t talk down to your reader.
Many people who say they prefer “adult” books dismiss young-adult books as an inferior kind of genre, which is ignorant. A recent opinion-pages discussion in The New York Times gave us some writers’ takes on young-adult books that ranged from the stupid to the insightful. The point is, anyone should be able to read anything without fear of scorn by small-minded “critics” or fellow travelers.
The strength of young-adult sales â€“ the various young-adult categories jumped 27 percent in January compared to the year before â€“ means that a lot of adults are probably reading young-adult fiction. I’m not alone in having read all of the Harry Potter titles, and I’ve read The Hunger Games, too.
The popularity of young-adult books should be applauded and not derided as a lowering of literary standards (much “adult” literary fiction is terrible and, in fact, dumber than much young-adult work).
But what young-adult writers do is tell stories in a mainly straightforward way, with strong character and plot. Nothing wrong with that at all.
Say what you mean, that’s all. Your readers will thank you for it.
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