Middle Grade Historical Fiction–Is it Dead?
This fall, I will have a middle-grade historical fiction novel coming out from White Mane Kids. I went to a writing conference in St. Louis this weekend, where the agents said that historical fiction for kids is not selling. It is one of the hardest genres to sell, and agents probably won’t take you on if this is what you have–no matter how good your story/writing is. I didn’t have an agent for mine–I sent it to an independent publisher and have worked with them directly. White Mane Kids ONLY publishes historical fiction set in the U.S. though, so my book fit them perfectly.
What do you think? Do you think historical fiction for middle graders (4th to 6th grade) is dying? Do you think teachers and home school parents are still using this genre to teach history?
Just curious. We had a big discussion about it at lunch too, and several of us writers are upset about this trend.
Back to the regularly scheduled program on Thursday, so share your opinion here if you have time!