Jennifer Rofe and Jamie Weiss Chilton with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency are talking about market trends in children's literature. Great workshop! Here's just a few tidbits!
What editors are looking for:
Picture books- Short text-under 700 words. Snappy writing. Character driven stories. Multiple hooks.
MG - light paranormal. Interest in light romance and fun girl stories.
YA-Editors are looking for good stories and unique perspectives on teen themes. Real kids in extraordinary situations. High concept (can be summed up in one sentence.) Multiple hooks, literary and commecial appeal.
Don’t write to a trend. A good book doesn’t need trends.
posted by Suzanne Young