We wanted to get people to realize - hey, real life stuff is kind of cool. Exciting. Funny. Scary. And anything and everything in between. Maybe books about real life stuff aren't so bad after all.
I don't think we've accomplished everything I had hoped we might accomplish. Part of it is that authors are busy, busy people.
But to those of you who have stopped by often, who have tweeted for us and about us, who have bought our books and told your friends about our books - I want to say thank you!!!
Agent Mandy Hubbard had this to say on her blog about contemporary fiction recently, after a trip to meet editors and find out what's on their wish lists:
"Another thing I heard all day, every day? Realistic/Contemporary YA is a tough sell, but almost every editor wants it to rally and come back in a huge way. Some editors joked that they are going to force it to come back by buying some killer Realistic/Contemp. Successful books like ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS By Stephanie Perkins and PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles make everyone very hopeful that this trend continues. The more contemps that break out, the more likely this trend can actually pan out. So if you’re a contemp lover, get thee to the bookstore. If the readers don’t buy it, the editors can’t buy it."
Did you hear that? If the readers don't buy it, the editors can't buy it.
I'd love for you to tweet this post far and wide. Let people who have never seen our web site before see it now. Let people realize that we have an amazing assortment of books to offer up for whatever kind of reader one might be. We've got a lot of stuff covered in our list of books - suspense, mystery, loss and tragedy, humor, romance, relationships, and much more.
Summer is almost here. It's the perfect time to curl up with a good book on the beach, by the pool, in a tent, under a tree...
Can we make June contemporary YA month? And maybe even July and August? Hey, why not? A contemporary YA summer! Support contemporary YA authors and buy one or three or five or ten contemporary novels!!!
SO I want to know, what's your favorite contemporary YA novel you've read lately?