Question & AnswersCategory: Generalmarket-for-verse-novels
Nick Eaglesfield asked 2 years ago

Hi there,
I am in the process of writing a rhyming fantasy story from the perspective of a young boy lost at sea.
I know that rhyme is a technique often used in parent-read young children’s stories, but this story is more novelistic and I feel that the audience for it would be a little older, perhaps nearer 10-14 years (albeit still enjoyable by the younger children).
It has a relatively simplistic stanzaic form and would be nearer a novella in length. Do you know if there is a market for this kind of thing and if it is worth pursuing?
All the best,
Nick

1 Answers
Polly Nolan Staff answered 2 years ago

Hello Nick
Thank you for your question. Sorry to take a while to respond. For unknown reasons, and as sometimes hapens, your question was diverted to our junk folder and we’ve only just found it.
I’m not the right agent for a rhyming fantasy story as I’m not convinced there is a market for books like that.  However, I may well be wrong (Sarah Crossan, for instance, writes brilliantly and successfully in rhyming text for Young Adult readers).  I think the only way you are going to know for sure is by sending the book out on submission to agents.  If somebody thinks there is a market for yours, they will get back to you pretty quickly, I suspect.
The best of luck with it.
Polly