Chance To Win & Magic 8 Ball

Remember the Band Camp flash fiction contest hosted by Christa Desir?So which out of the eight do you think is mine?

I was also tagged on the Magic 8 Ball by Lara Schiffbauer and Rachel Schieffelbein. Thank you ladies.

These are the Rules for the Magic 8 Ball Meme:

1. Post the button and link to Jaycee deLorenzo (following would be nice, but not required).

2. Share an excerpt from your current WIP, perhaps something you’re struggling with, are stuck on, or just can’t “get right.”

3. Ask a question about your excerpt. It can be something easy such as “What do you think?” or something more in-depth, such as “Can you suggest a better way to word such-and-such,” or “How can I make the emotions in this scene more realistic?”

4. Tag 8 people.

Here is the pitch of my current WIP: When Chloe starts college, she keeps her true self hidden. Nobody knows that she is gay, or that her brother killed himself a month before school started. But when she discovers the shocking truth behind her brother’s suicide, she begins to realize that hiding your secrets only leads to more pain.

So I don’t have an excerpt. Instead, I have a question. My main character is an 18-year-old college freshman. I don’t want to get into a discussion of NA versus YA, and I wouldn’t call this NA unless I was querying an agent who fully supported it, but my question is this.

Assuming I’m querying agent that accepts both YA and Adult Contemporary, would you refer to it as a contemporary YA novel or just a contemporary novel—and let them decide what it is?

That’s it.

And as usual, I’m skipping the tagging.

So let me know your thoughts on the above question, and also if you have a guess which Band Camp Story was mine. (#one to eight). After Christa’s winners are finalized, I’ll let you know which was mine and who won.


10 Responses

  1. What a good and difficult question! I’m terrible at deciding something like this….but here goes. I don’t think this is adult cont. So I would probably lean towards labeling this as YA (ideally NA). In the mean time, I’d keep my eye out on #askagent or other websites that host Q&A with agents to throw that question out to them. Either way, I love your premise! Always have 😉

  2. I’d say it depends on the agent. If they mostly sign YA authors, you’ll want to go that route, but if they represent mostly adult, go that route. Tailor it per their preference, if you’re concerned about choosing one or the other.

  3. Your pitch is so good! Love the cliffhanger you’ve built into it! I think you have a lot of wiggle room here. If the agent wants YA, say it’s YA. If the agent isn’t YA, leave it off. Did that help? 🙂

  4. Hmm…I think you need to specify YA or Adult. Even if it is just for the fact of defining it for yourself. Usually it is determined by the age of your MC.

  5. I don’t write YA or NA. But I do write adult. And as an adult fiction writer, I believe this is YA. It has all the YA ‘facing a basic problem, deciding what to do, and doing it’ stuff going for it. Good luck!

  6. I’m going to guess number 5. But….I didn’t actually read the entries because there was a lot of clicking involved and I’m lazy. (Don’t hate.) 🙂

    Congrats on the 8 meme!

  7. I have no idea, even though I have an extra advantage of knowing another one that isn’t yours. 😀 I’ll guess #6, but that’s a complete shot in the dark! And I even got to read a chapter from one of your wip’s! I’m pathetic!!! 🙁

    As far as the YA/Adult question, it would probably be New Adult, which is a new genre that agents are still warming up to. 🙂 I think agent’s will look at the college-age of the protag and immediately put it in New Adult, but that’s just my humble opinion. 🙂

  8. Melodie

    I agree with Amy. I’ve heard that anything beyond the first summer after high school graduation is classified as adult. I think I read that in a #yalitchat session, but that answer may change agent-to-agent.

  9. Rachel Schieffelbein

    Oh, this is hard! I don’t know either. I would think 18 is YA, but I know the college thing creates an issue there. . .I agree that looking for an #askagent session might be a good way to go. Good luck!

  10. Rachel Schieffelbein

    Oh, hey, are you on twitter? If so, I don’t think I’m following you. What’s your twitter name?

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