Age Group and Genre: Targeting Your Manuscript


By Joyce Audy Zarins

Are you certain you know who you are writing for and what species of story you’ve concocted? These two significant pieces of information must be at the top right of each manuscript when you submit, and while you can label the story with your best guess for its age range and genre, you don’t really want a publishing professional to go into snark mode if you guessed wrong, when they read your manuscript sample.


I’ve recently wrestled with whether a novel of mine is actually YA, as I intended. A knowledgeable author friend felt that the novel is definitely Adult because of some events that occur in the story. Or could it perhaps be New Adult? My critique group buddies, who have each read the manuscript, feel it is appropriate for ages 14 or 15 and up, back in YA territory. Hmm. Some decisions to be…

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