There seems to be a hot debated discussion right now regarding a genre that is targeted for the ages that come between YA and Adult. Some are throwing around the word "New Adult" as a possible new genre.
Where do you stand in the controversy of whether or not a new category does in fact need to be created that better fits stories containing characters of this in-between age bracket?
I don't think it is hotly debated at all. I also don't think it is a controversy at all. One publisher, St. Martin's, is experimenting with this category. A few people, on the internet, are discussing it. Nobody else in the world knows it is a thing.
Once upon a time, one publisher tried to start a movement called "Lad Lit" to be the "male version of Chick Lit". Remember that? No? Well, it went exactly nowhere, because the books didn't sell. St. Martins will have to actually find and publish these books, and they will have to prove themselves commercially viable, for there to be a bandwagon for anyone else to hop on. I think there are very smart people behind it with very good ideas, and it just might be very successful -- but it hasn't quite happened yet.
I love Upper-YA books (aka "crossovers") but from the perspective of a bookseller, I think they should stay in the YA section of the bookstore. If there is a new category added I think it should be "tween" (aka what is now known as "upper Middle Grade" or "lower YA") Because that right now is a category that is FULL of books, but we have noplace to put them, and getting rid of them from the YA section would raise the bottom age in YA, making older stuff more acceptable. In other words, now we have Middle Grade ages 8-12 and YA 12+. I suggest:
Middle Grade = 8-12 (approx)
Tween = 11-14 (approx)
YA = High School Plus
But whatever. Either way you slice it, bookstores will have to decide to make that a thing, which they will when the number of books and demand for them reaches a tipping point. Wait-and-see mode, on!