Friday, October 5, 2007

Publishing Trends Favor Women's Fiction

If you want to get a feel for what publishers are buying these days, check out Agent Andrew Zack's blog at all that's new(s) from A to Z: Looking for...Historical Fiction...and Women's Fiction...

He is now representing manuscripts in the following areas:
  • Commercial Women's Fiction
  • Literary Women's Fiction
  • Romance Fiction, including Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romance
  • Chick Lit
  • Smart women's fiction that isn't Chick Lit or Romance
It seems that the majority of agencies are looking in these genres for well-written and compelling manuscripts. Why? According to Mr. Zack,
  1. I'm married now and wifey needs more to read;
  2. The majority of my interns are women and many are fans of these categories;
  3. Fifty percent of all books sold in the United States each year fall into those categories.
Don't be discouraged if your book doesn't fall into one of these categories - there is still plenty of room for thrillers, suspense and other genres provided you have a concept that immediately pulls readers into your book and your writing reflects your voice.

It's just that this is a strong trend right now and like everything else trends change and other genres may dominate the publishing industry.