Have you ever heard of climate fiction? How about eco-fiction or environmental fiction? There are many names for this trending genre and its popularity is only increasing. Essentially, this genre explores humanity’s influence on the environment. Oftentimes, science fiction and dystopian literature can also be considered cli-fi. It examines what could happen in our future regarding climate change, other man-made environmental issues, or it displays current ecological issues at a personal level.
When we developed the marketing plan for this book, we included unconventional contacts that were appropriate for its themes. These included adoption associations, libraries, book clubs, and summer camps, in addition to the typical contacts that a project team collects. Our question was this: How do we reach the unconventional ones?
Like every kind of genre fiction, we knew that the mystery genre has a large audience, which would be great for Ooligan to break into. We just needed to get there. How? Well, that’s part of the mystery.
At a time when YA is on the rise, we must ask this question: How do YA authors cater to their older audience?
Adult books are about learning to live in the world we have. YA books are about changing the world.
The Bad Sex in Fiction Award teaches us several things: first, many novels contain profoundly cringeworthy sex scenes; second, even great writers often flounder when they try to write about sex; and finally, there are plenty of editors who (perhaps begrudgingly, or perhaps because they too are at a loss for how to approach this subject) are letting these giggle-inducing scenes sneak through to publication. This state of affairs might lead us to wonder, Why is it so hard to write about sex? And, more importantly, what can editors do to help?