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His clients include SFWA members Jenn Reese (“The publishing guidelines are traditionally for readers from ages 8-12 for middle grade and 12 & up for YA.
My experience, particularly as a retailer cautions that these are soft and it’s closer to 7-11 and 11-17.
Edgier YA won’t shy away from more graphic depiction of sex, won’t shy away from using strong language, and will sometimes be gory in violence.
Science fiction and fantasy, after all, has a long tradition of featuring young protagonists — including such classics as , middle grade and young adult publishing is a thriving category in its own right, with sci-fi and fantasy one of the most popular genres within MG and YA.
To help writers figure out what makes a middle grade a middle grade, and what makes a young adult a young adult, we’ve put together this post to outline the basics. We’re members of SFWA’s newest experiment, a special interest group focusing on SFWA members who write MG and YA sci-fi and fantasy.
”“‘Middle grade’ and ‘young adult’ describe audiences, not genres, because a tremendous variety of books fall in each category.
The core audience for middle grade is 8 to 12-year-olds, and young adult is 12 to 18.
But adult readership of young adult fiction can be as high as 40% for the most popular titles, but generally makes up 20%-25%.”“I think that these definitions are fairly simple: middle grade books feature pre-teen characters in situations of interest to 8-12 year olds, and YA novels feature teen protagonists in situations of interest to teen readers.