An exciting breakout session focusing on fantasy with editor Arianne Lewin. Ari is an executive editor at GP Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers.
After giving a quick overview of the different types of fantasy--Magical Realism, YA Urban Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy and Dark Fantasy among others--Ari talked about trends and how authors shouldn't write to them. By the time a book catches on with consumers, it might be too late to start. If you do, it has to be a passion. As an editor she wants an experience, so tell a great story.
Ari then passed out some first pages for the attendees to look over and discuss. She also shared some of the specific types of books she's looking for.