Saturation?

Bloggified by Jake on Tuesday, July 8, 2008

While collecting my thoughts for this post, it struck me just how long ago I started writing "I Think My Teacher is a Superhero." Shortly after I began work on the book, I went to a movie and saw a preview for My Super Ex-Girlfriend. I vividly remember Theresa leaning over and whispering, "You better get that book finished soon."

My Super Ex-Girlfriend came out in July of 2006 and I'm guessing the preview was attached to X-Men: The Last Stand which was released over Memorial Day weekend that year. So I'm going to say I started writing my novel in late April or May of 2006.

Holy crap. By the time this thing sees print, it will be three years old. A lot can happen in three years. I think I might have references to 8-tracks and rotary phones and leaded gasoline in there.

Anyway, the point was that for more than two years I've been keenly aware of the "non-adapted" superhero genre. The success of movies like Hancock and shows like "Heroes" could benefit the book, but it could also attract a lot of other creators and saturate the marketplace.

Just yesterday I was voicing this concern to Chris Giarrusso and wondered if that time has come. He disagreed, pointing out that none of the stuff coming out is a chapter book for kids.

Later in the evening, I saw this.

Wow, that's a lot of superhero books already on the market! But is that a testament to the viability of the genre or evidence of a glut already forming?

1 sarcastic replies:

Beth said...

Actually -- a lot of the Superhero genre for children hits school-only markets like Scholastic Book Club and Book Fairs.

We wind up with exclusive titles that don't hit anywhere else for a while, or that are solicited from authors that have done other work for the company.

Selection group for fairs meets in a week or so for 09/10 season. Publishers bring new and upcoming materials and pitch to a team with like 300 cummulative years of children and YA book sales.

Don't fret about the age of My Teacher. Worry about having a sequel to rush to print!

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