Today, we're continuing our blogiversary celebration by sharing quotes from a few editors/publishers who supported NA this year!
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"Happy One-Year Anniversary, NA Alley! We’re thrilled you all have had such a successful first year, and we’re looking forward to many more. We opened our doors at Sapphire Star Publishing just over a year ago and feel there could not have been a better time to break into the industry than in the midst of this New Adult explosion. 

We believe NA authors have only just scratched the surface. There are loads and loads of situations and topics still out there to explore. With two successful NA novels already released—one by NA Alley’s very own Carrie Butler—and another due out in June, we’re still seeking more NA submissions, and we can’t wait to see what authors have in store." 


- Katie Henson
Acquisitions Manager/Co-Owner, Sapphire Star Publishing

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"Crescent Moon Press is so very excited, to have so many talented New Adult authors in our house.  Its a genre with a universal appeal and yet specifically speaks to the adult, just beyond school and facing some of life's challenges.  We thank our many gifted writers who spearheaded this effort for us and of course our very first New Adult author Lynn Rush.
Wishing NA Alley Blog a very Happy Anniversary."

- Marlene Castricato
Crescent Moon Press
 

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"In NA, I'm going to look for characters who are making active choices about their own lives, taking risks, trying new things. I want to see that new independence represented, and I want to see real characters making real decisions. In other words, not a fantasy story of a 20-year-old who opens her own wildly successful fashion line, but a 20-year-old who's balancing working at Starbucks maybe with caring for an ailing grandparent, or trying to deal with a long-distance relationship." 
- Amy Garvy
Swoon Editor


"I look for characters who aren’t perfect, but who have heart. Who are dealing with issues, just like the rest of us. Who stumble and fall, but keep getting back up. Who are struggling to discover who they are and where they fit in the world, while they are learning self-reliance and a responsibility for themselves they’ve never experienced before. And of course, as an editor for a romance imprint, I look to make sure there is that other special someone waiting in the wings to be the net that catches our main character when he/she falls."  
- Mandy Shoen
Swoon Editor 

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"I don't know that anyone can predict where a trend will end up until it arrives somewhere, but I definitely hope to see NA grow and expand in much the same way that YA did a few years ago. I would also love to see it blend with Upper-YA a little more in series, so that we get to follow the same characters from late high school and then into university/first job/marriage/clown college/whatever path the MC chooses. I think that the potential of NA is limitless, and that the writer's who take chances and write amazing stories with unforgettable characters, and the readers who seek out these fantastic stories, will be the ones who really decide where NA is going.

I look for the same thing in NA that I look for in YA: authentic, compelling character(s)/voice(s) and a story that I can't put down until the very end. To get a little more specific about what kinds of stories I would LOVE to see, I wrote this blogpost last week!"

- Patricia E. Riley
Senior Editor, Spencer Hill Press/Editor-in-Chief, Spencer Hill Contemporary
 
 
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Have you had a pleasant experience with an editor and/or publisher regarding NA? Let us know in the comments! :) 

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  1. Wonderful! Thanks so much for stopping by lovely editors! :-)

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  2. Ah, love the shout-outs for Carrie and Lynn :-)

    And this line by Amy made my day!
    "a 20-year-old who's balancing working at Starbucks maybe with caring for an ailing grandparent"

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    1. I loved them, too! We have such kind people in this category. :)

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  3. Love love love to see so much interest in NA, a category I fell so in love with after reading my first couple of books that I had to start writing it! Thank you, editors, for all of your insight. Can't wait to see how NA grows!

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  4. Oooh, I really like the idea of a blended Upper YA-NA series, following the characters right along from end of high school through college/what-have-you. I think that'd work to pull YA readers naturally into the NA realm. Anyway, happy blogoversary! :)

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  5. Woot! So glad to see publishers embracing NA. :)

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