Manifold Press is delighted to announce that we’ll soon be launching a New Adult LGBTQ+ imprint. We’ll have more news on specific titles soon, but in the meantime we want to talk about our approach to New Adult stories.
What makes a story ‘New Adult’?
The main characters are between 18 and 30 years old, and the story is told from their point of view.
The focus is on the characters emerging from childhood into adulthood. This is, of course, never an easy, smooth or neat transition. Ideally, authors will approach such material both realistically and responsibly (though there’s nothing wrong with an entertaining read, with a ‘lesson learned’ about the importance of fun).
Within that broad scope, New Adult works might include:
- Characters mapping their own lives. Becoming more independent. Dealing with increasing responsibilities. Becoming of ‘legal age’.
- Changes in perspectives. Achievement of insight. Greater awareness of self and others.
- Leaving the family home. Relating to their parents (and siblings) as adults rather than as children.
- Negotiating the unfamiliar worlds of college or work.
- Relationships of all kinds; friendship and love. Issues of identity, including gender and sexuality. Perhaps starting to think about marriage and children of their own.
- ‘Coming of age’ experiences. Growing from innocence to experience.
- What do they keep? What do they jettison? What do they change?
‘New Adult’ is a category that can combine with any genre or subgenre: contemporary fiction, romance, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal, and so on.
Readers will often be of the same 18-30 age group, although both younger and older people happily read NA.
Given that the target audience and the characters are of legal age, then explicit scenes can be included.
The Manifold Press way!
The Press’s approach is always that sex scenes (if any) should suit the style of the story, and serve the character or plot development. The same approach applies to ‘strong’ language, violence and other possibly controversial matters.
We know that there are a few negative connotations associated with the New Adult category, but we will be delivering what we trust you’ll always find with Manifold Press: a darned good read with quality stories and interesting characters.
Readers, we hope you’re looking forward to what we’ll soon be offering!
Authors, please feel free to submit your New Adult (and other!) LGBTQ+ manuscripts to Fiona Pickles at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
And we’d like to finish this post with the thought that it’s particularly important to try to represent the whole glorious LGBTQ+ spectrum in this imprint’s stories. Fair winds and good fortune to all who sail in her!
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