No, I can't resist a "Star Wars" reference. But seriously:
I'd never heard of the New Adult genre until yesterday. A fellow writer I follow here and on Twitter, Carrie Butler, mentioned it with a few links, and I was curious. What I found had me wondering how in the world I could have missed this.
New Adult is, basically, fiction targeted toward people who are just getting out into the real world. Most information I have on it comes from this entry on Sharon Bayliss's blog and what I've picked up over at NA Alley. The target age range is about 17-23, and that's the general ages of the characters involved as well. This hit me hard because that's the exact age range of characters I like to write, and I had no idea there was a specific genre for that.
Of the two main characters of Skyborne, one is seventeen; the other is, in her own words, "old enough to bleed, too young for wrinkles". (She doesn't know for sure and doesn't much care, but I think she's about twenty.) In a long-running urban fantasy series I wrote a while back, the entire cast was in college, putting them at 18-21 over the course of the stories. And the other novel I'm plotting now, with a title that unfortunately acronyms to OOTA, again, the main group of characters pretty much fit into that 18-21 range. Except for the one who's not human, but I'll work that out later.
To make a long story short (too late), learning about New Adult was like finding a genre custom-made for the kind of stories I like to tell. Writing YA never appealed to me, though I've been told some of my stories would fit with it, and I've sometimes wondered if I was writing characters too young for adult fantasy/sci-fi. If NA is going to be a new thing, something that's going to take off in the years to come, I have to make sure I get on this and hope it catches on in the industry.
And that, for now, means more plotting. If anyone invents plot-specific spackle, please, let me know.