Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant
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While at the Mount Hermon Writers Conference, I heard some tidbits from editors about fiction, which I’d like to pass along to you. I hope you’ll find them helpful. It’ll be fun to watch and see if the editors predicted correctly. Here’s what I heard:
- One editor suggested Southern fiction will be the next big trend.
- Romance bumps up the appeal of every type of fiction–historical, contemporary, suspense, etc.
- Young adults are longing for dystopian fiction. The opposite of Utopia, in a dystopian society, culture has failed the people and all seems lost. This is a reflection of how young adults feel society has dealt with them, leaving them in debt and in a failed economy, with a future that looks, well, dystopic. While baby boomers want to read hopeful novels, teens want to read novels about how heroes deal with a world gone awry.
- Fiction connected to crafts continues to do well, although knitting seems to have peaked.
If you see any other trends, please share them with the rest of us. What’s the next “hot” trend?