Wednesday, July 6, 2011

YA Books for Boys

I've been thinking of doing a new series that would appeal more to teen boys or younger. I had first thought of my character as a tomboy, but now i'm wondering if my main character should be a boy. Why not? The market is so saturated with girl books (i'm speaking in terms of YA of course) why not try the boy market?

I've done some research on the matter. I've read that ALL agents are looking for YA boy books. Hmm. Not sure about that. What I also read was that it's even harder to break into that market because the book needs to appeal to girls at some level. So, girls would have to like the books too.

Well, i'm a huge fan of the Bartimaeus trilogy, or the Percy Jackson books, and i'm female. I love these books, and i love the characters. You do find the main character's to be boys, but there are also strong female characters in the books. But, Harry is still my favorite.

So i'm left wondering if i should just GO FOR IT. Who knows if it'll happen? I have a series with my main character being female, and the traditional publishers didn't pick it up. Perhaps i will try my next series with a boy as my main character. I think it'll be lots of fun, and new for me. And a challenge. I love a challenge. Let's see if i can pull it off!

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