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Title: Crossover Books
Post by: WriterMel on September 14, 2004, 01:41 PM
From what I understand, publishers are now wanting "crossover" novels.  Secular publishers are wanting anything with Christian content!

And, this past weekend, at Books A Million, I noticed they moved the Christian YA books next to the secular YA books!

Any comments?

Mel

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Title: Re: Crossover Books
Post by: KatherineR on September 27, 2004, 10:49 AM
I read about an adult trend in the newspaper for "Christian Chick Lit".  So crossover is happening.
Title: Re: Crossover Books
Post by: Pam on November 10, 2004, 02:47 PM
This is the first I've heard of this trend.  Where, where, WHERE???
Title: Re: Crossover Books
Post by: jen2 on February 03, 2005, 02:46 PM
I think that is great news.  Hopefully, this means that more kids are turning away from books with profanity.  I know it really bothers my 15 year old.  She was complaining the other day about some of the cursing in one of the books her English teacher is making her read.  Plus, can't understand why some of the kids in her highschool want to read about kids enganged in inmoral acts. 
Title: Re: Crossover Books
Post by: W. L. Decker on January 03, 2006, 09:45 AM
Hi,

I'm so glad to have found this site. I found it via a member of SCBWI who chose not to renew her membership and gave this site great reviews.

This is good news to hear about crossover books. I have written two MG chapter books that have been stuck in pergatory. Too Christian for secular market and too secular for Christian market, even though it gives a very clear Christian message. Maybe I'll get my lucky break. Nice to meet everyone.

Wendy
Title: Re: Crossover Books
Post by: Ronni on January 09, 2006, 08:46 AM
Oh wow Oh wow Oh wow!

This is great news for me!!  :) :) :)
Title: Re: Crossover Books
Post by: Ronni on January 09, 2006, 08:52 AM
Too Christian for secular market and too secular for Christian market, even though it gives a very clear Christian message.

This is the issue I was having and I know my book will be a challenge.  I am very glad to hear of the crossover trend (and I have that PW article saved!) because real life is not alway so clear cut/black and white/Christian or not.
Title: Re: Crossover Books
Post by: lizlane on January 13, 2006, 06:24 AM
Personally, I am not surprised.  I think the traditional houses may be recognizing the existance of the market due to the success of many recent projects that made a lot of money (i.e. "The Passion," "The Sacred Romance," "The Purpose-Driven Life," the Narnia movie,etc.)

At least that is how I'm trying to persuade prospective houses to give my manuscript a chance.  The market is there, the money is there, why not make some of it themselves?  I'm like Ronni, it's really good news for me because I want a secular house, mainly because my book is a seed-planting allegory and I want the house to be able to handle the number of copies I hope to sell.  I'm after the lost kids because I was one when I first started reading C.S. Lewis years ago.
Title: Re: Crossover Books
Post by: W. L. Decker on January 27, 2006, 08:01 AM
Do you think that the fact I spelled "crossover" "cross-over" will ruin my chances when sending subs? :confused2: :tired:
Title: Re: Crossover Books
Post by: lizlane on January 28, 2006, 05:10 AM
Nah...There are some very good threads in here about editors and what they look for but what they taught me is that editors/agents are NOT Simon Cowell! :dr