Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Influential YA authors

by Stacey

Although I represent a wide range of adult authors and books, my research and posts lately have steered more toward the children's markets because of my personal experiences, and also because a number of my adult authors are working on projects for the young adult and middle grade markets. I appreciate that this category has grown exponentially in recent years, and that there seems to be room for a real mix of creative elements. I came across this list on Omnivoracious, a blog run by Amazon book editors, and it breaks down the ten most influential YA authors of the last decade, the ones who it's suggested most current authors are trying to emulate in some way. There are also a bunch of other authors listed at the end who might have made the list under different circumstances. If you are interested in this genre, either reading or writing, it's a good introduction to what's out there (although the list is in no way comprehensive), and what's worked in the market over the last decade. It's worth noting that even though this audience skews to a female readership, half the authors are men, and many of the books appeal to both sexes. I've liked a lot of these books, some of which have really broken new ground, and look forward to seeing what this growing market has in store for the next decade, when my own kids will be old enough to enjoy these books. Happy reading, and let us know if there are authors you feel would be a worthy addition to their list.


  1. The thing that list demonstrates is how insular the various YA markets are.

    The UK YA market is all about the boys - Phillip Pullman, Anthony Horowitz, Charlie Higson's Young Bond, the Doctor Who books and tons of imitators thereof.

  2. I agree with Anonymous: YA in the UK is full of boy-friendly books, but as you've said, they appeal to both sexes. My girls read Phillip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, and Neil Gaiman, and when they were younger, they liked Anthony Horowitz. Christopher Paolini's books are popular in the U.K. too, but then so are Stephenie Meyer's.

    As ever, girls and boys tend to read boy-friendly books, but it's pretty rare to find boys reading girl stuff.