If you’re a person who is really interested in books & publishing & reading and you’re also a person who is very active on Twitter, then you’ve probably heard of Lit Chats before. There are several — one or more for every day of the week — and they are a great opportunity to chat with writers, readers, bloggers, and industry folk about whatever niche a particular chat discusses.
Earlier this week, I blogged about the debut night of #nalitchat — a lit chat dedicated to all things New Adult. Now, “new adult” is still a fledgling category, but one that’s very real and very important. This is a category of fiction that’s not only important to writers, but has a strong & dedicated reader base, and it is a category that (slowly) more traditional industry folk are beginning to consider and seek out.
Tonight, at 9pm EST on Twitter — using the hashtag #nalitchat — the NA Lit Chat will debut and become a weekly lit chat that discusses and explores all things New Adult.
Tonight, I will be moderating the chat along with host & creator EJ Wesley, and both of us are so excited for this event.
Tonight’s topic is “The 5 Ws of NA” — Who, What, Where, When, Why?
Below is a list of links answering or addressing each question. These are links that helped me define & understand New Adult when someone first said to me, “Hey, it sounds like you write New Adult!” and I thought, “Well, neat, but what the heck is that?”
Who writes & who reads New Adult? — With this first link here, scroll down to a sub-category titled “New Adult Authors” for a sizeable list of who has published titles in the NA category; this is not comprehensive, but it is an excellent place to start. With the same link, look under the first sub-category titled “Book Blogs / Websites” for a good starting list of readers-who-are-bloggers and who focus on books published in NA.
What is the New Adult category? — I think this blog post by S. Jae Jones is a really great answer to what the New Adult category really is (and why it’s important, and what content/material NA includes, and when NA happens…).
Where does it get published? –The link I’m going to give you is the accepted beginning of New Adult as a publishable category, and that’s with St. Martin’s Press. Sure, the stories have been written for years & years, but the category really got it’s beginning from this contest hosted by St. Martin’s Press. Also, NA has a strong self-publishing/indie publishing market (which is absolutely great for so many reasons, but that can be a topic on a different Thursday), and NA also is gaining prominence with small presses / publishers. For a list of publishers that accept NA titles, you can visit the Publishing tab on NA Alley; it’s a growing list.
When does New Adult happen? –I’m going to give you two links for this question. First, a link to this popular post by Cally Jackson and second, this short post on YA Highway that has a very interesting-to-read comments section. There is a general agreement that this is where college-set stories would fit, and where post-grad stories would fit (of either high school or college), but does it include young marriages? first jobs? and if so, why are those stories a fit for NA and not adult? A more comprehensive discussion of all those defining questions takes place in this post by Sharon Bayliss.
Why is the New Adult category important? — I think many of the above links help answer this question while answering other questions, but Lily Anderson has done a good three-part blog series in defense of New Adult — part one, part two, part three. This blog series also discusses instances of “new adult” in television and the shelving conundrum of NA in bookstores. (I particularly like the last point because I, too, remember when my “teen” section seemingly appeared over night in my local bookstore, and I remember being so excited about that one upright shelf unit, though I was only twelve.)
Oh, and Diana Peterfreund — I think not reading this blog post by Diana Peterfreund is a big oversight for anyone trying to learn anything about the New Adult category.
I can’t wait to chat tonight, and I hope to see so many new and familiar Twitter handles at tonight’s chat.