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  1. Daniella Bonagura
    April 30, 2019 @ 00:34

    I really love the cover of this book!

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  2. Masquerade: Oddly Suited Tour Schedule - Anstice Brown
    April 9, 2019 @ 12:51

    […] Fri 5th April: Guest post by C.D Gallant-King @ Writer’s Gambit […]

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  3. L.G. Keltner
    April 5, 2019 @ 23:12

    YA is one of those marketing categories that can encompass a lot of things. Young adult isn’t something I read when I was in that age range either, but we’ve managed to write it nonetheless. Great post!

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  4. Jennifer Lane
    April 5, 2019 @ 20:31

    If young adult is confusing, then new adult (my preferred age group to write) is even more so! I was kind of appalled the first time I read Hunger Games, thinking “This is horrifying content! How is this young adult?” But lately I’ve focused more on the age of the characters, with a wide range of content and style and language within that age, that makes a story children’s, middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult. Great guest post!

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  5. J Lenni Dorner
    April 5, 2019 @ 19:50

    C.D. –

    The 20-somethings are supposed to be New Adult. But it’s easier to sell YA. So sometimes marketing teams “stretch the rubber band of definitions” to reach a bigger market.

    Anyway.

    “Marked” is a book mentioned in your story. Who is it by? Being a fan of the others mentioned, I want to know!

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  6. Carrie-Anne
    April 5, 2019 @ 15:00

    A lot of it has to do with voice, style, tone, and language choice. Some books with teen characters have more of an adult fiction feel, instead of YA, due to, e.g., more mature situations like marriage and serving in the military.

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  7. CD Gallant-King
    April 5, 2019 @ 14:22

    Do you clutch your pearls when you read George RR Martin? ;-P

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  8. Cherie Reich
    April 5, 2019 @ 14:17

    I tend to think of young adult in two ways: 1. The protagonist is usually a teenager or close to a teenage age. 2. The story is often a coming of age tale.

    Congrats on being in the anthology!

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    • CD Gallant-King
      April 5, 2019 @ 14:19

      See, that’s what I would have thought, too, but I’ve read several books claiming to be “YA” that fulfilled neither of those criteria (unless you count twenty-somethings as “close to teenage age”). It’s all a conspiracy, I tells ya.

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  9. L. Diane Wolfe
    April 5, 2019 @ 09:27

    Thank you for featuring CD and Masquerade today.

    YA is such a funny genre. It’s not really a genre, because the stories could still be in any genre. Plus you’re right that half of the readers are adults. All I can figure is they enjoy looking back.

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    • CD Gallant-King
      April 5, 2019 @ 14:20

      I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Young Adult kid…

      RIP Toys R Us.
      (Except in Canada. We still have Toys R Us. You’re jealous, I know.)

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    • admin2
      April 5, 2019 @ 21:46

      I was happy to host him. I have wondered about genre difference and how to tell. I really enjoyed the article too.

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  10. Alex J. Cavanaugh
    April 5, 2019 @ 07:52

    I think that last definition suits it better.
    I never read young adult either – I went straight to adult science fiction and fantasy. Which at the time I was a teen was clean reading. Not so anymore…

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