Non Contemporary New Adult


New Adult is a rapidly growing category. At this point, it is saturated with Contemporary Romance, but it is expanding. NA Alley recently posted about all the non-contemporary NA coming out this winter, and included genre lists with titles.

sleeper333 (2)Amonour own Aussie Owned crew we have non-contemporary New Adult writers. Sharon’s recently released, Sleeper, is a New Adult Sci-fi Fantasy.

Kiya-Ebook-Cover (1)Kiya-2-m4 (3) My own books are New Adult, too. They are some of the few Historical  Romances around in New Adult. Another great Historical New Adult book is    Speak Easy by Melanie Harlow. This moves a long way from Contemporary  college romances with it’s bootlegging and roaring 20’s theme. It has rave  reviews.

A good friend of mine has a NA Fantasy out, Heirs of War, and Aussie author,  Lisa Swallow, has her paranormal series, Soul Ties.

New Adult is rapidly expanding and exploring new genres. Being an age group category, its potential is infinite. Click on the NA Alley link above for new releases, and find their catalog here.

Not all New Adult is college students exploring their sluttier side. There are great NA reads out there that are adventurous, suspenseful, insightful and unexpected. Look around, and chances are you’ll find something you will love.

Katie Teller

Katie Teller is a writer of NA fiction. Her debut, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, is now available. You can find out more about Katie and the Kiya trilogy, on twitterfacebook or at her own blog.

11 Comments

  1. I’ve read some great non contemporary NA this year. The Apollo Academy (Sci Fi) and Elsker Saga (Urban Fantasy) are probably my favourite other than those you listed. I’m hoping that as NA grows, so too will the genres.

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  2. I’m a new author of a New Adult, Romantic Suspense novel, due to release summer 2014. It is an exciting genre which may draw readers from teens through 40 somethings. Thanks for the promoting this new genre!

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  3. Hi guys,
    Was reading tweets from an agent and thought it might be interesting to share the thought here, since it’s almost the opposite thought to this post.

    “Real talk: New Adult isn’t really a thing in SFF right now. If you call your SFF manuscript NA, I question how well you know the market.”
    [Sadly, I got a rejection around this time, so I suspect she was talking about my query]
    “[NA] is a useful category in romance, and becoming a common one. But not much outside of romance yet.”

    Later, she added: “Again, my analysis of NA SFF is descriptive, not prescriptive! I’d be happy for NA to be a thing in SFF. I don’t think it is yet.” And “We can’t create “NA SFF” by calling things NA — doesn’t make sense.”

    What do you think? After reading the Twitter discussion going on, I’m not sure whether I should be querying as NA at all.

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    1. You can’t take one agent’s opinion as gospel. If that’s their opinion, then don’t sub to them.
      As a multi-published NA author, of the non-contemp variety, I follow many book bloggers and reviewers who are starting to cry out for more variety in New Adult. They loved the smexy contemp at first, but now want more depth and variety to the plot lines. If New Adult is to break out of romance, then people need to be bold enough to pioneer it.
      New Adult is simply an age bracket for marketing, and it’s a sad thing that people see it as so restricted in genre. YA doesn’t have to be vampire romances, Adult doesn’t have to be erotic, so why can’t NA branch out and explore its potential? People pass through the 18-25 age bracket all the time, so why can’t literature?

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    2. I’ve seen a few agents saying that NA non-contemp is going to be the next big thing, so I suspect it’d depend who you asked. I’m not really an expert on SFF specifically, but my strategy when querying agents (I’ve got an NA UF) is to mention the NA if they say they are looking for that category, or call it adult if they aren’t. 😉

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    3. I remember a time when agents were not in favour of NA at all. Some of them have openly eaten their words and now look for it. I would look at the work of Jamie McGuire. She is a leader in NA and has a New Adult Science Fiction in the works (see here: http://www.jamiemcguire.com/blog/2014/1/11/about-apolonia)

      Readers want more than just contemporary NA, and if they keep demanding it and consuming it through self publishing and small press, the rest will follow (as they did for NA originally)

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    4. I write a NA scifi series (The Nogiku Series. REMOVED and RELEASED.) and I’m not surprised, though disheartened, to hear that from an agent. I have very little in the way of marketshare in the NA audience because I’m not sure if they want NA SFF yet. Maybe in a few years they will, but that means it’s EXTREMELY difficult, if not a waste of time, to market it as NA right now.

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