Two weeks ago someone pointed me to three blog posts that discussed New Adult, and none had kind words about it. One even mentioned NA Alley and the tone used when talking about us was very far from kind. Last week, I saw a couple more of post about NA with a rude tone, and some disrespectful tweets. 
I have no idea what new adult or my sisters and I did to these people. Haven’t you heard? “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.”
Summarizing: RESPECT.
I think that’s a great way to live by.
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It makes me really sad when I see someone who isn’t really affected by NA, who probably doesn’t care about NA in general, who never read NA and can't really tell what it is, attacking NA … I heard from funny suggestions that NA is a disguised chick-lit, that it’s a steamier YA (or YA with more sex!), and that it was a stupid way to try and get more attention than just label it “adult.” *shrugs*
Just to clarify one thing that I thought we had discussed already: NA is not only contemporary, and it certainly isn't only about sex. Yes, we do write steamy scenes, but hey, that's a personal preference. I like my fantasy and my sci-fi and whatever other genre with a little of romance, thank you very much. What can I say? Life is nothing without love ;)
Anyway, if you want, I can point you to some NA novels and novellas in other genres and with zero sex.
Though it picked up these past two weeks, I think this hateful response is lessening. A few months ago, lots of agents said bad things about NA on twitter. Today, those same agents are accepting NA – however, I think most of them only changed because of how well this market is doing right now. At least it’s going well with self-published novels, and Big Six are coming after these self-pubbed novels.
If you’re a NA fan like us and see someone bad mouthing our category, here’s my advice: like a writer should do about bad reviews, just ignore it. Let it be. It’s better than engaging and potentially starting an online war and putting your name, your brand, on the line.
If you’re not a fan of NA – please, just let us be. We’re not hurting anyone, we’re not stealing anyone space. We came in peace, but we came to stay. So, please, just be quiet and respect us. We’ll respect your opinion too, if you don’t scream it at us.


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With our dear Bailey gone from the group, I’m taking over NA Alley Reads and I want you to help me choose the next book we'll talk about next:




The poll closes on Feb 21st, right before midnight. I'll post the winner on Feb 22nd, and we'll discuss the chosen book on March 25th, so you guys have about a month to read it, if you haven't yet.
On Feb 22nd, I'll post another poll, and this time it'll be open until March 24th - so, by March 25th we'll already know our next read, and then you'll have longer to read it (7 weeks). 

I hope you participate! 


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Don't forget about our open call for new members! It closes Feb 9th! 

Cheers, 

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  1. Why would people be hating on a category? That's just silly. Don't like something ... don't read it. It's that simple. I have no time for hate of any kind.

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    1. It is silly, isn't it? Ugh, waste of time!

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  2. I have to admit that I didn't understand what NA was all about until I'd read a couple of articles and a couple of books. I guess it's human nature to fear what we don't understand, but still I'd rather keep my mouth shut and have people wonder if I'm a fool than to open it and confirm to the world that I am foolish. :)

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    1. Exactly!
      Thanks for your insight, J. L.!

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  3. The same thing happens whenever I mention YA in a Querytracker blog post. There is one person who feels the need to tear YA apart. I was waiting for a similar comment last week from the individual when I mentioned NA. Fortunately the individual kept quiet.

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    1. Really? People STILL talk like that about YA? Wow, and I thought YA was very well established.

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  4. I totally agree. NA is not only about sex but it's about contemporary topics too. Ones that YA, or Chic Lit may not want to encroach. Topics that are deemed taboo but have such a detrimental effect on our Young Adults & New Adults alike. In my current project there are drugs, lots of cussing, violence, sex and an almost rape scene. There is no way this one could be deemed YA but it's not a romance so what else would this new masterpiece of mine be categorized as? I say, "Three Cheers" for NA and may these odds ever be in our favor!!!

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  5. True, true, true!!! I don't understand why people take the time to hate on something....if they don't like it, why do they even care? Expressing your opinion is one thing, and being overtly mean is another entirely. The whole "NA is for sex" thing gets to me the most. Sure, there's some sex in some books, but there is in YA books, too. And not every story is about sex!
    Anyway.... :) This was a great post, J. :)

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  6. You guys do such great work here at NA Alley, and I just want to take the time to say thank you for all that you do for this burgeoning genre. You deserve nothing but the highest praise for your efforts. Keep up the great work!

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  7. Excellent advice, Juliana! Do not feed the trolls. :D

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    1. *high five* Hey Carrie, get the pitchfork ready! If these people keep bad-mouthing NA, we'll act! lol
      Not really, we won't, but still. It's nice to have the pitchfork ready ;)

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  8. How strange. I really don't get why people would have a problem with a category. But I guess every time something new emerges and threatens to take the spotlight, they tend to think it's bad? A lot of NA is more mature than YA, which, to me, is a good thing. We need more mature novels out there that older teens can relate too, especially since they still can't relate to adult. Keep up the great work, girls! Haters gonna hate.

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    1. Yup! I remember before finding out about NA (though I already wrote it) that I would read several YA book and think "I need a little more" ... then I would read several adult books and think "I need a little less" ... and I would go back to YA, then to adult, and keep this cycle because there wasn't anything in between - not easily found at least.

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  9. Some people are just plain malicious and disrespectful. I haven't seen any bad mouthing about NA. Most people are still too new to it. When I announced I was working on a NA sci/fi all of my local writers group had questions, and none of them were bad. They were very curious as to what NA was.

    NA Alley is awesome and if anyone is bad mouthing just ignore it. I know it's hard sometimes when you love and care about something with so much passion, but the simple truth is haters are always going to hate. There's no such thing as bad press right? So let em hate. The worst it could do is generate more people towards NA to find out what it's all about.

    I actually just did a vlog post last week about Rejections and Bad Reviews: maybe it can help.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3dYVsgc528

    Regardless, I love NA and NA Alley. I might not post a ton, but you guys rock and you've helped bring NA to readers by leaps and bounds as well as educate them about the genre.

    <3

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  10. I can't understand why anyone would want to hate on another genre--to each his own, I'd like to think! Granted, I've gotten random comments about writing fantasy, so I don't think it's entirely NA driven. Still, good advice to just ignore it!

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    1. Yup. There are always haters, of any genre/category ...
      Thanks!

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  11. While I know that Beautiful Disaster is a best seller, I question if it's the kind of book I would want to promote. I would hate to think of it as the face of NA literature.

    As to hating on NA, I liken it to the hating on self pub. There are a lot of people out there making a living off of the traditional model, and we know they haven't included NA in that model. If you can't sell on the merits of your product, try to knock down the competition.

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  12. The negativity doesn't bother me so much as an author. If the bad reviews from people who've never read your books, form rejections from agents and editors, and 1 star reviews because a book wasn't available in the reader's desired eFormat don't toughen your hide to this kind of thing, you're in the wrong business.

    However,it does irk me from a reader standpoint. It bugs me, because the people attacking NA clearly aren't the intended audience. They don't get it, and obviously don't enjoy those types of stories. If they truly did, they'd be campaigning to spotlight their uniqueness as well.

    It's like the people who've read only two YA books complaining about trends in the category. "It's all sparkly vampires." No, no it isn't. If you're not a fan of the material, fine. But don't discredit or devalue its existence because of that. Just my opinion.

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  13. Sorry about the haters :(. A clean (or "cleaner") NA feature could be a great idea--takes all sorts, you know? I don't always want a real steamy read. (And certainly if you read news articles about NA, it's easy to get the impression that they're all sexy sexy sex books.) Anyway, I'd love to see that feature here, and I'm sure lots of other readers would too. I'm rooting for NA, because hey: more books!

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  14. This is ridiculous. Can't people understand that there are many categories and subcategories of genres EVERYWHERE??? What's the f-ing difference between NA being born and Classical Regional French Cookbooks category? This is a whole shelf I have seen in real life! I've written a series that I've been told is wonderful in the aspects of writing and content EXCEPT that the main character is *sigh* twenty-two. Well hell. I can't change her age because it wouldn't make sense but I want my book to be in a place where it WILL thrive. If placed within general fiction it will be lost at sea and the readers I am gearing it towards won't be apt to pick it up. I keep getting the same damned responses. They love the writing, they've fallen for the story... but it doesn't fit YA so they can't accept it... unless I'll resubmit it as adult fiction. NO! Where does my book belong, then? And who will give it the representation it DOES deserve??? I want a New Adult Agent who wants to work with me to bring NA into the mainstream. All I have is time to dedicate to this cause. Please, help a girl out.

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