Also, I think in response to something I posted on my Google+ page, I've been getting a lot of New Adult submissions lately. Several of them have been very intriguing and almost right, and as I was looking through them, I realized that the reason that certain New Adult-y elements are probably missing from these stories is that the authors aren't 100% sure what New Adult is.
When it first became an actual genre, I was very confused by it. You would think New Adult would just be an extension of YA for slightly older readers, and though it does take on very mid-twenties' topics like figuring out one's career and being in college, what New Adult really seems to be is romance for a younger audience.
I initially was hoping that New Adult was going to be older YA, because I am not a big romance person, but now I am seeing a lot of great potential for books that are blends of these two things. For instance, here are some recent Publishers Marketplace deal memos for New Adult books that I've found exciting:
Lorin Oberweger and Veronica Rossi writing as Noelle August's BOOMERANG, pitched as THE HANGOVER meets THE INTERNSHIP, set in an online dating service that aims to be Match.com for millennials on the rebound, to Tessa Woodward at William Morrow, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2014, by Tracey Adamsand Josh Adams at Adams Literary on behalf of Wildcard Storymakers (World English).
USA Today bestselling author Renee Carlino's self-published SWEET THING, in which a recent graduate moves to New York's Lower East Side to take over her late father's coffee shop and unexpectedly falls for a charming musician on the edge of stardom, to Jhanteigh Kupihea atAtria, in a good deal for three books, for digital publication August 20, 2013 followed by print in January 2014, by Christina Hogrebe at Jane Rotrosen Agency (World).
Brenda St. John Brown's SWIMMING TO TOKYO, a New Adult Contemporary set in the the tangled streets of Tokyo, in which a girl and a guy find each other and learn that love, letting go, and language lessons make for an unforgettable summer, to Patricia Riley at Spencer Hill Contemporary, in a nice deal, for publication in November 2014, byMarlene Stringer at Stringer Literary Agency (World).
USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author Ruthie Knox writing as Robin York's debut DEEPER, featuring a college sophomore whose world is torn apart when an ex-boyfriend posts embarrassing and intimate photos of her on-line; her developing relationship with the campus bad boy ends up being the only that will get her through and allow her to face an uncertain future, to Shauna Summers of Ballantine Bantam Dell, in a two-book deal, by Emily Sylvan Kim at the Prospect Agency (World). **Yay for Prospect!!**
Author of the Throne of Glass series, Sarah Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, a fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, starting with MORTAL, for publication in winter 2015, to Michelle Nagler atBloomsbury Children's, by Tamar Rydzinski at Laura Dail Literary Agency(world).
Marvel author and graphic artist Ange Guera's BLOOD CURSE, pitched as Marie-Antoinette meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to Maria Gomez at Amazon Crossing, for publication in 2014, by Christine Witthohn at Book Cents Literary Agency and Marlene Stringer atStringer Literary Agency on behalf of Bragelonne (World English).
C.L. Gaber and V.C. Stanley's JEX MALONE, Jex and three teenage friends snoop through her detective father's cold case files to investigate the disappearance of a young girl who vanished two decades prior, to Jacquelyn Mitchard at Merit Press, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2014, by Jill Kramer at Waterside Productions (NA)