Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Making of Dr. Truelove

Haven't picked this one up yet, but the cover just drew me in.

The Making of Dr. Truelove, written by Derrick Barnes.

It's a young adult novel, featuring a black male high school student as the main protagonist and voice, who's a jazz and math expert by day, and a wannabe ladies' man by... whenever he can try and be one.

I've been into YA fiction lately-- Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon, Haters by Alisa Valdes, Gentle's Holler by Kerry Madden. And I've been hearing that it's THE hot market in fiction, especially YA fiction of color. But, of course, the hot markets shouldn't sway your writing. Write what you write best.

And the rest will follow.
fs

2 comments:

LadyLee said...

You know, that is what I'm hearing... that the YA genre is up and coming... You got me wanting to take a look at it! I gotta go check it out.

Derrick said...

Big up, Fred!
This is Derrick Barnes, the author of "The Making of Dr. Truelove". I just returned froma two-day promo trip to NY, paid for by Simon and Schuster. I couldn't believe it but the hooked me up. It was an excellent trip. The publishing execs were cool, I hooked up with my agent, hit up a few high schools, libraries, and had a reading/signing at Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem.

The YA market is hot right now, but the only issue were having is, especially for African American YA ptential readers is how to reach them. My advice for any YA author would be to go where the potential readers are. Once a buzz begins everything else will fall in place.

Good luck on all of your future endeavors, bruh.

peace and blessings,

ddb
http://www.myspace.com/drtruelove