heating up, again both domestically and abroad. I think
fantasy can still work, but it
has to be very different and
fresh—I see a ton of fantasy
submissions that are too
similar to what’s already out
there. We are also selling
more middle grade abroad
than we used to, but YA is
still dominant, at least for
Director of translation rights
Curtis Brown Ltd.
Curtis Brown’s children’s list
is quite varied, but we continue
to have particular domestic
success with literary middle
grade and YA fiction. In
addition, publishers continue
to express interest in finding
diverse voices and unique presentations across the spectrum.
For picture books, nonfiction,
where unique people, places,
and things can be introduced to a young audience in fun and
original ways, is trending strongly.
In terms of the global market, middle grade works remain
hot, continuing and expanding the trend we’ve seen over the
past three years. Otherwise, a number of publishers (
primarily in Western Europe and Brazil) are interested in publishing
upmarket young adult works as crossover fiction. Picture
book sales remain strong in Asia, with more scattered successes in other markets. Finally, correlating with the significant upswing in interest in graphic novels domestically,
we are noticing that some markets seem more open to these
works in translation than in years past.
The Laura Dail Literary
In YA, I’d say everybody is
looking for high-concept
fiction with a voice that
grabs you and never lets go.
YA fantasy is still working,
but it has to really stand out.
The darker the better in all of these. We’re hearing that
science fiction is difficult. Editors and houses are very
focused on diversity, smartly and rightly so!
Middle grade editors seem to be looking for action and
adventure. We’re doing quite a bit of younger middle grade
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