I had lunch today with the head of one of the Children's and YA publishers who told me what they're looking for and what they're buying.
It's almost all chick YA (emphasis on the love story here) and fantasy, but even the fantasy has to have a female lead character. She mentioned TWILIGHT over and over again - a vampire love story that's made the YA list for weeks.
But then she added that they've had their fill of vampire series right now.
They are looking for fairies. Barnes and Nobles has decreed that they are the next YA trend.
She thinks ghosts would work, as well as witches (good witches) and goths.
They love the high school setting, complete with the popular kids versus the nerds.
She also said she thinks it's time for a nerd girl series.
And I closed on another book deal that's been dragging on for three months!