Thanks again to Ex Publishing Insider for her very entertaining jaunt down memory lane as she recalled the life of an editor, which I’m told did not even land her back on the therapist’s couch. Success! Hopefully we’ll have some more inside glimpses into the life of publishing types, as availability permits.
For those financial types out there, I’m going to put on my Jim Cramer excited suit and tell you that you need to start buying stock in young adult fiction because they’re on a big hot streak, beating the market and leading to talk of a golden age. I just bought 500 shares in KL Going’s SAINT IGGY and I’ve got my eye on the paperback edition of IN THE BREAK. (If you think you can’t buy stock in books, check out how Po Bronson awesomely sold shares for his novel BOMBARDIERS).
Is it a golden age? As this article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (best newspaper name ever?) points out, teens are snapping up young adult novels like their parents told them not to. All the cool kids are reading! Haven’t you heard? Illiteracy is like so lame.
The article gives a few possible explanations for the boom, including a growing teen population that grew up on Harry Potter and a rise in quality in young adult literature. I wonder if perhaps with the advent of internet we have become much more of a reading culture, and that is trickling down to books? Also, much of today’s young adult literature is filled with real themes and edgy topics, which might make them more appealing to young people.
In any event, for an industry that usually fears that young people will up and stop reading books (and thus not grow up to buy books), this is ridiculously welcome news.
What do you think is behind the boom? Good books? More reading?