Science fiction fantasy author Myke Cole shared a page from his niece’s scrap book, and it ended up all over the internet.
Daily Dot shared a few more Twitter exchanges between Cole and his brother, the niece’s dad, that revealed how she had learned her love of literature. Also in that piece was some interesting information reported in Flavorwire about the financial punch Young Adult fiction has made in the publishing industry:
The takeaway from this might not shock you, but it is substantial: It now seems clear that the healthiest market for trade books in 2014 includes adults who buy ebook versions of YA/Children’s books. In a way, these numbers retroactively justify a year of debates over the distinction between children, teenagers, and adults. The numbers also validate an argument I made earlier about the genre wars and the subsidization of literature by YA and genre books.
Although it remains to be seen how the dominance of serial fiction has affected the publishing industry in 2014, we do know that Amazon’s list of 2014 best-sellers featured a majority of fiction serials. It’s no secret that among the subsections of trade books listed by the AAP, YA and Children’s books are the more likely to feature serial storylines. And if the inclinations of teenagers are any indication, serial fiction will continue to excel in 2015. More than any other influence, teenagers said, enjoying a previous book from an author is what drives their decision to read.
Creating more stories with female heroes was one of the reasons I jumped on board with Athena’s Daughters, a speculative fiction anthology produced by women with female characters as protagonists. By way of that project’s success, Athena’s Daughters 2‘s Kickstarter is now accepting backers. This second anthology will give a bunch more women the opportunity to be published.
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Tricia Barr’s novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library’s successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena’s Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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