So stop STOP PLEASE GOD STOP trying to write to trends. Don't think about it that way. Just write what you want to write. Write what you love. Write what you are GOOD at writing. Make your writing and your story unforgettable. Start your own trend for crying out loud!
Yes, of course. But may I say something in defense of those of us who ask this question?
I'm one of those writers who has more ideas than I can find the time to finish. Like many people, I keep a notebook of story ideas, many of which will never, ever go any farther.
Sometimes an idea is just so perfect, one has to devote the time to it. There's no question. But sometimes, there's that lull in between projects, and you just don't know which one to start....
About 6 months ago, you answered a similar question for me. You mentioned that publishers/agents were seeing a lot of YA and fantasy/adventure, but not much of what you called True MG--realistic, heartfelt stories aimed at younger readers.
That answer helped me decide which of my possible ideas to focus on. Now I'm about halfway through a mostly realistic, contemporary story focused on a boy and his family. It wasn't one of those you-have-to-write-this stories; it's been more of an I-wonder-what-would-happen-if-I-tried-this? Without your nudge, I don't know if I would have pursued it--but it's turning into something I'm very proud of.
I'm not the only writer to have been inspired by an agent or editor's comment--I wish there was more of X on the market. That doesn't mean we're trying to chase a trend, only that we are looking for a project worth all the time we're going to devote to it.
Please don't get tired of us and our repetitive questions! Your honesty and insight are very, very much appreciated, and we would hate to drive you away.
Many thanks for all you do.