As an official Baby Boomer, I was pleasantly surprised to read Publishing Perspectives’ article “Is Baby Boomer Lit the Next Hot Genre?” by Claude Nougat.
It is nice to know that publishers have noticed how many of us Baby Boomers like to read. And here is what I found especially interesting (the boldface is mine):
A group has already been created to discuss Boomer Lit on Goodreads. It has its own Facebook page and Twitter account … [T]he group has been able to quickly do some important work clarifying what exactly Boomer literature is and is not. Among the major early findings:
Boomer lit is not about nostalgia or evoking the past. Any story of “coming of age” set in the 1960s or 1970s properly belongs to YA lit.
Nor does having some characters of Boomer age in a novel enough to qualify the book as Boomer Lit. Instead, it needs to address the transition issues that are central to Boomer’s [sic] lives.
The reason the above boldfaced paragraph held special interest for me is because I’m writing a YA short story — PINKY SWEAR — that is a prequel short story to my women’s friendship novel MRS. LIEUTENANT. PINKY SWEAR takes place in 1964 and is a “coming of age” story.
My business partner Yael K. Miller and I are working on the cover for this Kindle short story, and at the same time we will be creating a new cover for MRS. LIEUTENANT to “go with” the short story cover.
(Full disclosure: I did join the Boomer Lit group on Goodreads, “liked” the Facebook Page, and followed the Twitter account.)
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books/ebooks, including TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK IN THE AGE OF AMAZON and the romantic suspense spy story CIA FALL GUY.
She also has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and is the co-founder of the online marketing company www.MillerMosaicLLC.com