As I worked on the third draft of my second novel, I started to wonder about an issue of genre and classification. My novel is definitely post-apocalyptic and speculative, but is it Young Adult, New Adult, or something else?
How are these classifications defined? Is it the age of the protagonist? The hero of my second novel is a sixteen-year-old young woman, so does that make this work Young Adult? Are all novels with a young protagonist necessarily considered Young Adult? I am not in any way suggesting that this is somehow negative; rather, I am trying to understand where this book fits in the publishing scheme.
Additionally, what makes a New Adult novel? Would such a book be aimed at 18-25-year-olds?
Does theme and treatment of the theme also play into the consideration of the classification of a work?
If anyone can offer any suggestions, please, please, please, feel free to offer answers.
Thanks to any who help.