Genre tips

Today’s #AtoZChallenge: Genres–New Adult

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic. This year, my second year with A to Z, I’ll cover writing genres.

Today’s genre:

New Adult


New Adult (NA) Fiction: bridges the gap between Young Adult and Adult genres. It typically features protagonists between the ages of 18 and 25.

Tipsa to z

  1. Focus on issues prevalent in the young adult genre as well as focusing on issues experienced by individuals between the area of childhood and adulthood, such as leaving home, going to college, getting a job, a developing sexuality, and negotiating career choices.
  2. Concentrate on topics of interest to 18-25 year-olds.
  3. Your audience will be young twenty-somethings and predominantly women.
  4. The heroine should be nice–likes dogs, worries about her future.
  5. Be sincere.
  6. The protagonist’s mindset should be outward, not inward–at least predominantly.
  7. Characters are ‘adulting’–learning to be adults.
  8. Sex has to be part of it but NA delves with the topic of ‘who’ not ‘should I’.

Popular Books

  1. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
  4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  5.  Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  6. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
  7. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
  8. Losing It by Cora Carmack
  9. The Impact of You by Kendall Ryan

Click for complete list of  2018 A to Z genres

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.


60 thoughts on “Today’s #AtoZChallenge: Genres–New Adult

  1. I’ve written a fair few books aimed at this audience for clients. I haven’t read any of the ones on your list though, I’ll have to check a couple of them out

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  2. I notice that in the older teen years my girls have jumped from fiction to non-fiction rather than checking out this genre. I wonder if they know it exists? I think fiction is important. It’s how we translate our world into relatable stories and sort out how we should deal with issues that arise. Thanks for highlighting this genre.

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    • That’s interesting. My daughter (though she’s 30) also likes nonfiction better. I like your attitude for fiction and agree with your point. I’ve always thought of it as more escapism than enrichment.


  3. I know booksellers need categories to organize the shelves, but I usually ignore them when I’m hunting for a new read. I’m glad new adult found a niche because there was a huge demand by writers who wanted to create characters at college age, but didn’t want to be lumped into YA or Adult books.

    Hey! You’re at N. Congrats and here’s to reaching Z!

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  4. When I worked at that well known bookstore, the YA and NA sections were crowded with kids browsing, mostly girls, and they bought quite a few books. I think Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series and the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins fit here. Boys this age move toward science fiction, fantasy, sports, and comics. I’ve never read one of the titles you listed – LOL.

    And since you mentioned it, the furtively popular sex ed section was very popular with this group, boys and girls.

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  5. I read this genre but havent read any from your list. Will bookmark this post.
    You have mentioned that “the heroine should be nice–likes dogs, worries about her future”… why? Cant she be a rebel or someone who does not confirm to the norm?

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  6. Hi Jacqui – well I’d have never have known of this genre … but I guess if it gets kids, or people with less of an education reading … all to the good – cheers Hilary

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  7. It’s a genre with very blurred lines between YA and adult. I’ve seen books listed as NA that I would have thought were adult (a case of just because the protag is early 20s doesn’t make it NA).

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  8. New Adult has it’s own issues when writing, though it seems to be quite popular: the anthologies I got published in last year were both through New Adult stories I wrote even though it wasn’t what they were specifically looking for. Great post 🙂

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