Writing and Selling New Adult Fiction Video Download

Writing and Selling New Adult Fiction Video Download

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  • You are a writer who isn't yet established
  • You are a writer who likes trying new things
  • You are a writer who isn't sure if their work is YA or NA
  • You are a writer who wants to pitch to agents
  • You are a writer looking to break out into the mainstream


New Adult (books with protagonists ages 18-25) has swiftly become the hottest thing in both self-publishing and traditional publishing. New authors are making astonishing strides in this category and making great deals with the big traditional houses. Recent success stories include Molly McAdams, whose book Taking Chances has sold more than 200,000 copies so far. And then there's Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster, which caught the attention of Warner Brothers and has been optioned for film. Other bestselling New Adult novelists include Coleen Hoover, Cora Carmack, and Tamara Webber. And then there's a little author by the name of E.L. James.

Agent Gordon Warnock of Foreword Literary helps you understand New Adult fully from all aspects of the business, whether you need to know the rules of the category, how to pitch it to agents, or how authors are hitting the bestselling lists with modern marketing techniques.

The rise of New Adult has introduced questions, such as: Is it a genre? Does it need to have sex scenes? How do you define it? Should you self-publish it? How do you know if an agent wants NA? How is it different from YA? Despite all the questions, New Adult manuscripts have been selling remarkably well, no matter how it is published. The readers want it, it is here to stay, and we are among many agencies actively looking for it.


  • What makes a story New Adult
  • How NA is different from YA
  • What's hot and what's next
  • Characters, settings, and themes that work well for NA
  • How to tell if an agent wants New Adult
  • How to brand yourself for long-term success
  • What you need to do online to sell more books


Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Foreword Literary, serving as a literary agent and editorial director of the Fast Foreword digital publishing program. He brings years of experience as a senior agent, marketing director, editor for independent publishers, consultant, and author coach. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. His NA books include A Real Emotional Girl by Tanya Chernov and Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories by MariNaomi. You can find him on Twitter @gordonwarnock.

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