For those of us writing YA contemporary this is a
This is a double-edged sword for me because I write both genres. Cedar, the ms currently on submission is a YA contempory. So is my current WIP Inside Out. But I have a third ms that has been kicking around my hard drive over 18 months, one that was never queried. I open up Seven Shades of Crazy every couple of months, tweak it, and send it back out to beta readers. If the agent predictions are right, then now is the time to polish it up and send it out.
Now do I think the paranormal genre is going away? Absolutely not! In fact the agent blog below indicates that it is these manuscripts that currently garnish the highest advances – something about editors wanting to play it safe in a proven market. That said, do I want to read yet another story about a brooding vampire with an unwavering moral compass? Nope, but send me ghost story or a ms that walks along the fringe of reality and I am all yours. In this genre I think it is about amazing writing and new twists; if your words sing and your characters truly memorable than your manuscript will sell itself regardless of what road the YA market decides to take.
Here is the opinion of a few agents on the subject of the next trend in YA. I am curious to see where you all weigh in. http://agencygatekeeper.blogspot.com/2010/08/contemporary-vs-paranormal-ya-trends.html