The YA Blockbuster

I don’t think I’m ever going to write a YA blockbuster. Even the books where I think I’ve come up with a high concept (I had one book where an entire city is evacuated due to a Sarin gas attack) don’t see to come across as high enough. Not like “teens who battle to the death on TV” (Hunger Games), or “school for teenage wizards” (Harry Potter).

Read an fascinating article about a panel by industry insiders on YA blockbusters.

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I know the article was about blockbusters, but this was my favorite part:

"Chanda urged that his industry colleagues not scoff at 10,000 copies. You’re “blessed,” he said, to have megahits – so you can publish the book that is meant to sell 10000 copies. After all, that’s “10,000 readers whose lives have been touched.”"