Hey all, Victoria here! All of us at the Alley are so very excited this week. Why? Because we are celebrating NA Alley's one year anniversary! *squeals* We have some amazing treats planned this week. We'll be speaking to some huge peeps in the NA industry. I'm talking agents, editors, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! You'll want to stop by to see what they all have to say about NA AND make sure not to miss all the amazing opportunities at some NA swag this week. Dozens of authors have donated ebooks and other goodies for you to enjoy throughout the week!

Official NA Alley Blogiversary Schedule:

Monday - Agents on NA
Tuesday - Editors on NA
Wednesday - Authors on NA
Thursday* - Twitter Party
Friday* - NA on the Shelves + More Giveaways
* Denotes giveaway day

As you can see we have an awesome week planned, so make sure to stop by and check out all the events!


Today is Agent Day! Some awesome agents--who all accept NA manuscripts of course :D--have dropped by to let everyone know what they're looking for when thumbing through that slush pile!

Check it out!

Agent Sara Megibow 
of Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Could you please describe what you look for in NA manuscripts?

Great question! Congratulations to NA Alley on your one year anniversary - I've been a happy reader for much of that time.

In New Adult manuscript submissions, I am looking for a great hero and heroine with tons of chemistry. The NA books I love best tend to dive into topics involving independence, identity and our first explorations into adulthood and self actualization. So, there may be quite a lot of internal conflict in these stories and perhaps less external conflict (this is my way of saying I'm looking for great character stories instead of epic adventure or high-action stories). Christina Lee's debut ALL OF YOU releases in mid September, and that book is exactly what I'm looking for! ALL OF YOU has smoking hot sexual chemistry and rock-solid, authentic character motivation between a hero and heroine I can't stop thinking about. And as with everything, I top it all off by saying I'm looking for amazing writing and a unique story.

Sara Megibow on the Web:
Website: www.nelsonagency.com

Agent Jill Corcoran
of Herman Agency

What makes a NA query and 1st five/ten pages stand out?

In the query I am looking for a great hook, a clear concept with something unique that sets my imagination on fire and makes me want to travel the pages of your manuscript with your characters.

In the first 5/10 pages I want a pace that does not let me stop reading and leaves me begging for more, characters I want to fall in love with, exceptional writing, and in those first 5/10 pages I want to know where I am going in this story. I want to feel, not just know, why I need to request the full manuscript.

Jill Corcoran on the Web:

Agent Suzi Townsend
of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc

What makes a NA query and 1st five pages stand out? 

In terms of the query, the concept has to feel fresh. Something that fits within the genre but doesn't seem like it's already been done. Having great comparable titles is helpful too, because it shows that the writer reads new adult and knows what's working in that genre. In terms of the first five pages, for me, no matter the genre or age group, the voice is always what hooks me in. I will follow good characters anywhere, and if the voice is engaging, by the end of those pages, I'll be dying to read more and find out what happens.

Suzi Townsend on the Web:

Website: http://newleafliterary.com/


We want to thank all the agents for stopping by today, and thank you readers for sticking with us through our first year! Make sure to check out the rest of the week for all things NA!

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  1. I'm glad Sara brought up Christina's book. I'm so excited for that one! :)

    1. Definitely looking that one up! Sounds fab :)

  2. Happy Blogiversary and you chose an awesome way to celebrate.

  3. Carrie, you'll love Christina's book. I couldn't put it down, which was a problem since she was still editing it while I was reading chucks of it. There was a lot of begging from me, pleading her to edit faster. I glad Sara mentioned the book, too. :D

    1. Really, really want to get my hands on that one!

  4. Great (and timely!) post! I just sent out my first back of queries on my NA this weekend and have a few more agents to add to my list :)

  5. Happy Blogiversary to the NA Alley crowd! It's always interesting to hear what agents have to say about New Adult - I'd also be intrigued to know opinions on different genres within NA since so far most of the big New Adult successes have been in the romance genre.

    1. As the category opens up I'm sure we'll see more in the future of other genres! Definitely something to look forward to in the months ahead :D

  6. Congrats NA!!! What a wonderful post. Lots of great info :)

  7. Congratulations on your first anniversary! And many more!

  8. I'm wondering if any of the agents (or anyone else) can answer a few questions! (Sorry if this is a repeat post; not seeing is show up.)

    1. Who are the best publishers to sell NA to right now?

    2. Do you forsee NA as getting hotter and hotter and exploding, or staying about the same?

    3. Is it easy, hard, or average to sell NA books to publishers right now?

    4. Are books like '50 shades of grey,' erotic NA, still selling to publishers, or has that category hit its peak already?

    1. 1. Right now it looks like self publishes authors are being picked up mostly by Penguin and Simon and Schuster. I've had friends get Random House contracts though. And there's always St. Martin's Press who were the flagship big 6 pub for NA! Really I think most are opening up to the category :-)

      2. I think we can only go up from here. NA is so new so there is so much yet to explore!

      3. Depends on who you sub. We have a list of great pubs who all accept NA under our pub tab :D

      4. Erotica is very popular right now in acquisition and many have college-aged protags. If you've got one now is the time to put it out there for sure :-)

  9. Happy 1st Birthday, NA Alley!!!

    Very interesting post. Love how agents are looking more for internal character studies vs. external action adventures. Another great way to set NA apart from YA.

  10. Wow! A full year! I'm so happy to see how far this blog has come in a year! Congrats and cheers to another year of success!

    1. I know! Right, B? Super crazy. Thanks for stopping by, dear!

  11. WOWEE, a year!!!! *throws confetti* You give good blog--congrats, guys!

    (p.s. thanks Carrie and Stina XO)

    1. Thanks, Christina! Looking forward to your book!

  12. Congratulations on your blog's birthday! Looks like you've put together a fabulous week of celebration. I appreciate Jill, Suzi, and Sara sharing their insights.

  13. Happy blogoversary! I also have a question for the agents, or anyone else who wants to answer. As a historical writer, I've been wondering if a historical with teen characters would be accepted as NA, since the average teen experience of 50+ years ago was more NA than YA by current standards.

    1. Thank you! And to your question, yes. Actually, Sara Megibow reps Allison Rushby who just had a historical e-serial come out called The Heiresses. It's NA and has 17 year old protags. We did a feature here ---> http://www.naalley.com/2013/01/the-heiresses-by-allison-rushby-release.html


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