At one point, the guest panel was asked if there were any manuscripts they were tired of seeing, and/or what they had seen a lot of.
*Cringe waiting for the dreaded V word*
Not what I was expecting, but an excellent answer.
This was the answer I had expected. But do not fear, paranormal and dystopian writers! As long as you have a compelling story with fantastic characters, someone will fall in love with it. Someone will. Someone. Right?
Zombie love interest? Ew.
Suzie also pointed out that mermaid love interests kind of creep her out. Dan Krokos (author of FALSE MEMORY, Disney Hyperion 2012) went on to defend his love of Ariel the little mermaid and her hawt seashells.
Both panelists said they'd love to see a great contemporary but that they are a bit harder to sell in today's current market.
Someone asked what sort of high concept contemporary would grab their attention.
Suzie had this to say:
Yay! For contemporary! :D
Okay, so I'd love to recap the whole thing for you, but that's kinda why they put the transcript on the write on con site. So, I will just skip down to my own question.
I asked if shorter manuscripts were harder to sell than longer, and what they felt was considered too short for YA. There was much love for well-paced shorter fiction from the attendees, including the hosts. :)