Oh the demographic humanities. It’s authorial cognitive dissonance of biblical proportions!
- Old people are buying lots of YA novels!
- Publishers are creating new audience categories for new adults.
- Meanwhile 80 percent of all query letters contain a version of this phrase “teen readers will relate to/empathize with/etc.”
The mind boggles.
Who will come to your aid? What is an author to do?
Nothing. If the demographics strike you down, you shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.