Here are seven trends that are HOT today:
1. Increased interest in middle grade fiction. Lightly illustrated contemporary, realistic, stand-alone books.
2. Young adult books decreased in sales. There is a shift from paranormal and dystopian [an imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad] to contemporary, romantic stories with an element of humor
3. The move from print to ebooks continues to grow. Illustrated books lag behind others. [Note: Most of my picture books are in ebook format. If my books are a barometer of the publishing climate, it seems that picture books may be catching up to the others.]
4. Books on bullying are still widespread. With the media focus on bullying, the trend may stick around for quite some time.
5. Fascinating nonfiction is on the rise. Emphasis from the academic community will probably keep nonfiction books alive and well.
6. Survival stories are on the upswing.
7. Tough girls are popular topics in books.
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