I have written what I believed to be a science fiction romance. I am now wondering whether it is New Adult--or really, whether it would sell well as New Adult if I tried to spin it that way.
I'm really thinking about cleaning up this manuscript and showing it to my agent. Before I do that, I might like some advice and possibly even a couple of new beta readers for it. It's already in good shape (I think), but if anyone who reads a decent amount of New Adult wants to read it and help me figure this out--especially if you read New Adult romantic stories that aren't necessarily romance-tropey--I'd love to hear from you.
Reasons I think it might be New Adult/Science Fiction Romance rather than just Adult/Science Fiction Romance:
- There's a lot of identity stuff in it--maybe too much for traditional "adult" readers to enjoy.
- The characters do a lot of typical young adult stuff--there's some fairly immature behavior.
- The characters are all Internet-savvy--there's a fair amount of texting, using video chat, forum discussion, Internet culture.
- The stakes are pretty low. I don't think this is the case with all New Adult books, but sometimes New Adult as a category seems more tolerant of the main thing being when, how, and whether the characters get together.
- The voice just doesn't feel altogether "Adult" to me. But it's definitely not YA, so it could kinda go either way.
- New Adult does skew heavily toward expectations of a female POV. This is male POV. My romantic lead is the dude.
- Though both romantic characters are in some kind of transition, it doesn't necessarily feel like a "kid-to-adult" transition. The protagonist is a college grad who's been in his job for several years, and this is not his first serious relationship. The love interest is younger--only twenty-one--and didn't go to school, and from her POV it might be more of a NA story, but it's not from her POV.
- I just don't know the audience for NA as well as I know the audience for Adult SF, so I probably have written it skewed toward the familiar.
- It's maybe on the long side for NA but pretty standard for Adult SF, not so much Romance. (Oh, what, you're surprised something I wrote was long?)
Here's a bit about the story so you can decide if you want to meet these guys.
Working Title: STUPID QUESTIONS
Word Count: 100K
Camera guy Nick Harris lives in a rational world--or so he thought. He’s no longer sure what’s real when the enigmatic Summer Astley appears on his news show displaying genuine telekinetic powers . . . and a charming smile. As mutual attraction brings them together, Summer reluctantly trusts Nick with her secret doubts and heartbreaking loneliness, leaving him puzzling over how to pursue a down-to-earth romance with a girl who can fly.
|Little doodle of the couple! ;)|
As a strained long-distance relationship develops between them, Summer and Nick battle shared challenges and personal demons. Summer struggles to balance her supergirl public image with her love life, unintentionally pushing Nick away in the wake of a recent loss. And Nick is starting to think he can't handle the occupational hazards of dating a super-powered celebrity, especially since the distance between them is maddening--he's never tried to conduct a romance from across state lines without the subtle cues he's used to. With their unsteady partnership always on the verge of toppling, Nick is ready to pick a direction for the fall. After all, no girl has ever swept him off his feet quite so literally.