It appears I have written a book in a genre that is most likely unpublishable at this point in time in Australia.
The last agent on the list has written back with good news and bad news. The good news is he likes my story, thinks it is well written, but alas, probably not marketable because of the ages of the protagonists.
My story could probably be classified in the up and coming genre of New Adult, which I never knew existed until I read Tammara Webber’s blog post about it. I’ve actually read some of these New Adult books, but always considered them to be Older-YA. Now, there are only three books that I can think of that were published recently in Aus, that are set after high school: Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo (2012), Eleven Seasons by Paul D. Carter (2012), and Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar (2009).
That’s not a whole lot.
In the US, however, the genre seems to be booming. And interestingly enough, the authors creating this boom are self-published because many people told them that no one wants to read books set in university/college.
So what to do now? Try US agents? Self-publish? Or finish working on my second manuscript, which is more YA (set in high school), and try for that one instead?