What’s hot right now according to agents and editors?
The following are some of the genres that Nelson Literary Agency are actively acquiring.
- Middle grade with a new unusual fantasy or magical element. Not psychics or wizards, but how about inventors or or dragon tamers?
- Sara Megibow Associate Literary Agent of Nelson Literary Agency is actively hunting for Historical romance, especially Regency and Victorian.
- Creative science fiction that’s heavy on the fiction and lighter on the science.
- And any story in any genre for any age reader that deals with best friends and sweet first love.
Why would Lisa Whitefern recommend the Nelson Literary Agency?
This agency appears to have a solid reputation. To quote a little from their about page “Nelson Literary Agency was founded in 2002. In such a short time, the Nelson Agency has sold more than 150 books, landed several film deals, and has contracted foreign rights on behalf of our clients in all the major territories, including Germany, France, Holland, Japan, and even Russia and Indonesia. Nelson Agency authors have become national bestsellers, RITA-award winners, and have appeared on bestseller lists.”
Nelson Literary Agency are also looking for currently HOT genre New Adult Romance.
What else is HOT right now? — New Adult Romance
(Sexting the Limits is an Erotic New Adult Romance available at Ellora’s Cave.)
The publishing industry seems to be all a buzz about New Adult Fiction and New Adult Romance. What is New Adult Romance? It’s romance with characters in their college years. The target audience is women age 18 to 25 who are looking for books with heroines they can relate to. Dialogue should be very current and casual, often sarcastic.
Carina Press is actively acquiring New Adult Romance novels 50,000 words and up. They are most interested in contemporary but will consider paranormal, post apocalyptic, dystopian, etc . These stories must have a strong plot and “very definable protagonists”, 18 and above (or at an age eligible to enter college), in their early to mid-20s. While at least one protagonist should fall in this age range, it is possible the other protagonist may fall in their upper 20s.
Story elements should be targeted to an adult, not teen audience, and should contain adult contemporary themes, frank, modern language, high relationship drama and intense conflict. Characters actions, dress and dialogue should all be age-appropriate. Think of the relationship drama of the college years and run with that!
Other elements that work in this genre (but are not required to be considered for publication) include increased sensuality, love triangles, protagonists with traumatic events in their background.
What is HOT right now? Multicultural Romance for the Digital First Market
Ellora’s Cave has been actively looking to expand their range of Multicultural Erotic Romances.
This line is called FUSION
Fusion is about multicultural and interracial relationships. Their readers love African American/Caucasian, but in addition to more of these they want variety. Ellora’s Cave are actively acquiring stories that not only explore the trials and tribulations caused by cultural differences, but that celebrate those differences! They would especially like to see Latin and Arabian lovers in erotic romances with story lengths from 7K to 120K.
What else is HOT right now?–Contemporary Romance
For some reason plain contemporary romance without suspense or paranormal elements is topping all the best seller lists at places like Amazon, and Digital First Publisher’s websites right now.
LUCIA MACRO of Avon Impulse would like to see more contemporary romance featuring very good looking heroes and classic tropes especially bachelors, ranchers, and billionaires.
What is HOT right now? Gay Werewolf Romance for the Digital First Market
Can you write a super explicit X rated male/male werewolf romance between 18,000 and 39,999 words before December 1st? Ambure Allure is actively acquiring these stories although I’m sure this genre would be just as hot at Loose ID Ellora’s Cave,, Dreamspinner, Carina, Liquid Silver, Resplendence, Samhain Siren or any other of the best digital first publishers.
All the agents, editors and digital first publishers I have mentioned in this blog currently have good reputations and/or a solid history in the industry.
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