I’d like to introduce Megan O’Russell, a Young Adult author and my very first guest contributor Happy Musings! Megan has written a wonderful piece on publishing YA with a very adult publishing company.
YA in an Adult World
I write Young Adult fiction. My first book The Tethering is set to release this May, and I am so excited! I have great editors at Entranced Publishing and wonderful people to back me up in the cold cruel world of books. But I feel like the black sheep of Entranced. Not because I’ve done anything wrong, but because I am a part of the Young Adult imprint at the big sexy romance publishing house. Entranced has a YA imprint called Rush, but most of the books Entranced puts out are of the much more adult and dirty nature.
We have twitter chats where they talk about their steamy love scenes, and I’m worried about my poor characters sneaking out the window. I can’t participate in their cover reveals because the covers are almost naked! And the book blurbs are things my readers are not ready for!
I want my characters to have grownup lives. I want them to live and discover and grow as real teenagers. But I feel awkward being excited about their first kiss when my fellow Entranced authors are playing with bondage. In a group where Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t seem all that dirty, can a story about first love hold its ground?
I would like to think so. Not just because I want my book to succeed. Not even just because it’s a different genre with a different target audience. The sweetness, tenderness, and devotion of first love are things that we all have experienced right along with our first heartbreak. The thrill of the first kiss is just as exciting as dirty things on a bear skin rug.
I mean sure, if you want to throw a little excitement into a YA book, just toss in a bit of non-sexual torture. Maybe catch a few people on fire. Dress someone in leather. But do it all in a PG-13, teen romance friendly way.
I want to branch out, maybe write something a little more risqué for an adult audience. But until The Tethering series is complete, I will exist in a world of (mostly) clothed, non-cursing, behind closed doors, teenaged angst. Who knows, maybe my hero will even make it to second base.
Megan O’Russell is a Young Adult author whose premier novel The Tethering will be released by Entranced Publishing this May. Megan’s author blog can be found at MeganORussell.com, and her humor blog is at lifebeyondexaggeration.com. For more news on The Tethering, follow her on twitter @MeganORussell.