In a little over a week’s time, I’ll be sitting down to breakfast with hundreds of other authors who write for “children” at the New York City Book Expo of America “Children’s Book & Author Breakfast.” I am very excited. Nathan Hale and James Patterson will be there, along with many others.
However, I must admit, when my friend said she and her agent wanted to go to the breakfast, I was confused.
“But you write for Young Adults,” I said. “Why do you want to go to eat breakfast with authors who write children’s books?”
It was then I was reminded that even in one of the most innovative cities in all of the United States books written for someone under the age of 18 are all still classified as a “children’s books.”
It’s true. Young Adult, Middle Grade, Chapter book, and picture book authors are typically lumped together in the same category. Perhaps it’s just me, but I get a chuckle thinking about the authors of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom having a chat over a coffee and bagel with John Green, author of the edgy YA fiction such as Paper Towns. It seems silly to consider them in the same category, but that is what the industry currently does.
Emblazoners, however, is different. We are a group of writers who call attention to the unique needs and interests of the “tween” reader. Emblazoner authors have all published books for those between the ages of 9 to 12—an age that often gets lost in the “children’s books” category.
So if you know someone who has out grown “little kid stories” but who isn’t ready for the edgy material in some Young Adult books, this is the place for you.
Stop. Take a peek around. You’ll find the works of twenty-five talented authors whom I would love to go to breakfast with someday.