Over At the Horn Book

In this blog, I’ve had a several posts about “New Adult,” books aimed at readers over 18. And, at ALA last year, Sophie Brookover, Kelly Jensen, and I conducted a conversation starter about New Adult.

Sophie, Kelly, and I recently collaborated on an article about New Adult for the January/February 2014 issue of The Horn Book, What’s New About New Adult?

Here’s a peak: “New Adult — aimed at an adult audience but with strong appeal for teen readers — has recently garnered much buzz. Story lines tend to follow the contours of contemporary genre romance novels, but starring younger characters. NA initially took hold in the self-publishing world (the quality of writing varying wildly), and these books found an audience of dedicated, loyal, even ravenous readers. Authors could write stories that satisfied their fans and publish them quickly. With such a proven fan base, it didn’t take long for traditional publishing houses to take notice, seeking out and acquiring some of these high-performing books and trying their own hands at New Adult.

The full article is at The Horn Book website; go, read, let me know what you think.


Blow My Own Horn!

It’s March, and do you know what that means?

It means the March/April 2013 Edition of  Horn Book is available!

Making this more exciting than usual, at least for me, is what can be found on page 47: “Reading: It’s More Than Meets The Eye, Making books accessible to print-disabled children” by “Elizabeth Burns.” Yes, that’s me!

As Roger Sutton said in his Editorial, “Liz Burns and Claire Gross and Eugene Yelchin talk about books for kids who are perfectly not-weird but whose way to reading may be complicated by circumstances weirder than they should be.”

To get any more than that — you’ll need to get a copy of the Horn Book and read the article! Let me know what you think!

Yes, this is blatant self promotion.

Finally, where do I keep things like this? Well, doesn’t everyone have a brag shelf?

Edited to add: Here is a link to the text of the article, Reading: It’s More Than Meets The Eye.