"Terrific discussion everyone! I would place HG in the YA catagory. The tone seemed so mature, even brooding or bleak at times. I am writing in the Upper MG category and was just about to put that term in my query letter. Perhaps I shoud…"
"For me, HG is in YA not because of the violence, but because of the romantic themes. If you ignore the violence, it's a story about a girl torn between two love interests. And then it's also a struggle against oppression, and…"
"LA love fantasy.
Some suggestions. I liked the second paragraph much more. I didn't quite understand what was going on in the first exept he woke up. Also, the task of waking up lagged the flow as well as the large amount of backstory.…"
"Great discussion! I'm a rabid Collins fan as well, but I put HG in YA because of the violence - or at least young teens (which is what I call ages 12-14, but it's not a universal term). But it sounds like your UMG age range is the same as…"
""Marketing aside, would you consider Hunger Games UMG or YA? It doesn't have sex, the themes are somewhat dark but not beyond anything most MG boys see in their video games and the writing itself is intelligent but not overly…"
"Thanks for the thoughtful replies. I definitely agree that market demand blurs the distinctions and categories and that many middle graders (by age) can and do read up to YA and adult. I remember my own reading at that age! UMG thus does seem to be…"
As a teacher, I'm faced with this question a lot in choosing books for my classroom library. I think, honestly, that there is a continuously growing "gray area" between the two genres. In my humble opinion, I think the reasons…"
"I believe there is, though it's not officially written in the cover page or anything like that. Younger MG might be like How to Train Your Dragon. Upper, are the novels that reach 300 pages or are more complicated in terms of theme and plot.…"
Hi, I'm pretty new to the site, but I thought I'd ask a question that I've had for some time. I sometimes read (on this site and others) people commenting that their WIP is an upper MG novel, but I was wondering if there really is such a category from the perspective of potential agents and editors. Would they see such a description as a valid characterization or rather as the author not really knowing what their book is?If you think there is such a category, what distinguishes it from MG and…See More
I've run into the same issue. They say fantasy but what they meant was urban fantasy or paranormal romance etc. Well, honestly I've been considering only looking for agents who represent fantasy and not looking for YA or MG agents. You can find these on agent query or querytracker.net and I think, but don't quote me on this one--but the sci-fi/fantasy writers of america may have a list of purely fantasy agents. Not sure. Really its a matter of slugging through and researching. High fantasy is a really hard sell right now. Miriam Kriss told me that at a conference and I believe her.
Just got to keep at it or try something new while you query that project. I'm finishing up an urban fantasy MG which hopefully I can query and then mention I've also got a high fantasy project. So if ur first ms doesn't get u an agent--ur second may and that could lead to representation for the first one.
Well it's definitely been frustrating. At first I was shopping it around as YA fantasy, but then was told it had more of a MG feel. As far as what I've learned, well, its tough and you just have to keep going. If it's not selling now--try working on another project (I'm workin on a MG urban fantasy atm). BUT don't give up. I'm making some edits that I feel are improving the manuscript. Basically, if you're going to go with high fantasy try to make it as best as possible and avoid the cliches of the genre.
As far as agents--try to make sure you find the agents who represent high fantasy. There are a few. I've dreaming about Beth Fleisure of Goldblatt--and I believe Jennifer Jackson at Donald Maass.
I've been toying with the idea of searching for agents who merely represent high fantasy no YA or MG.
Have you learned anything thus far about querying fantasy?
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