One of the things I get asked often is where is there a need in the LDS fiction market? Are there areas or genres that publishers are looking for but not getting?
A simple trip to an LDS bookstore will help answer this question. Imagine you’re shopping for the Christmas that just passed and you’ve decided to gift everyone on your list with a fiction book. (I’m going with gender generalizations here so don’t jump all over me for this.)
The women are pretty much covered with romances and general or women’s fiction. There are also quite a few romantic suspense novels out there. You can get the men a historical novel or suspense. (Not much in the way of westerns right now but maybe somebody’s working on the next Stom Testament..?) You have some choices for teen girls. And you’ve got a great selection for anyone who likes fantasy.
But what about the boys on your list? If you’ve got a boy aged 10 to 18 that doesn’t care for fantasy, you’re out of luck. Girls in that same age range that don’t like romance are kind of out of luck as well. I’d like to see some fun realistic (as in, non-fantasy) fiction for these ages, maybe some spy or adventure novels, sports books, humor.
The downside, though, is this is a harder area to sell. Adult books sell better than books for kids. But still, that’s where the hole is and I’d like to see it filled.