I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website.
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk (with a nice helping of romance!) When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA/adult about romance in the past, present and future.
There's always a TIME for romance!!
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Monday, June 13, 2011
But I Don't Write Edgy YA....
It tossed YA authors and readers into an absolute uproar.
I'm not going to debate the merits or demerits of dark, edgy YA. I know that it serves its purpose.
BUT WHAT IF YOU DON'T WRITE DARK AND EDGY YA?
Can you still make it as a YA writer?
I think I'm a pretty decent writer. I've had two agents like my work and want to represent me, so I can't be writing complete schrot.
But twice the D and E issue has come up. Two books I sent out are commercial and trending. Both have gotten the same kind of feedback -- editors are looking for something more competitive--they want something darker and edgier.
(To me competitive = give me the same book as those other guys--but different).
Is there no room for less than edgy in YA? Does no one want to read something that's on the lighter side and fun? Have we forgotten there's still a market for the younger YA market or any age teen who doesn't happen to be depressed at the moment?
Sorry, this has turned into a bit of a rant, and I know I'm over-stating for effect.
So tell me, is it just me? Should I just take my light, non-edgy, butt the H. E. double hockey sticks out of YA town?
Update: I need to add a disclaimer--the historical YA ms's I've written are dark. You can't write about ww2 without being dark. I'm referring to my lighter paranormal, chick-lit offerings here.