Now that summer is in the rear view window, with respect to slicked-back hair, Wayfarers, and Don Henley, the publishing industry is moving once again at full speed ahead.
So, what's the next thing? More vampires? Werewolves? Steampunk? Angels?
Really, nobody knows. It's like trying to predict the weather. But it's fun to guess. One good way to do that is to look at what's popular now and what's coming in the near future. My agent, John Rudolph has just posted a nice blog entry at the Dystel & Goderich website about the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) 2011 Teens' Top Ten. It seems paranormal and fantasy are still going strong.
Which, ahem, is very good news.
But what is on the shelves right now doesn't necessarily translate to what's going to be on the shelf tomorrow. You have to look at what is being pitched to do that. Luckily, John and his cohorts have just posted the DGLM Childrens Newsletter for Upcoming Submissions. There are some awesome titles coming up by some talented authors. And be on the lookout for a special appearance by yours truly. How I convinced them to let me into that party, I'll never know.