My query is up today over at Evil Editor! Here's the direct link. He is genius as always and I'm taking his advice.
One thing he pointed out is something that's been haunting me ever since I started writing this book. Is it YA or is it women's fiction? I think the narrative voice leans closer to YA, but my protagonist, Lottie, is a college sophomore--definitely older than the typical high school-aged YA protag.
All of my agent research has been for YA and I love the genre. But how many YA (or women's fic) features a college-aged protag? Seems like a grey area.
The only book I can think of right now that's along somewhat similar lines as mine is Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl and its sequels. Mine isn't similar except for the college-aged female protag and a plot involving a secret society (though her protag is in the secret society, and goes to an Ivy League school, and the S.S. is basically Skull & Bones).
So now I'm stumped. High school (or middle school) readers may not relate with a college protag and older readers might feel she and her ambitions are too juvenile.
I'd appreciate ANY thoughts on this.