Some are able to make the move. Judy Blume has been successful with her adult books.
Author Stephenie Meyer is now trying to make the leap. She’s the mega-selling author of the Twilight Saga vampire series. In that series, she’s got three out and a fourth on the way. (I’ve read the first two.)
Now she’s publishing her first “adult” book. It’s a science fiction called The Host.
Her publisher hopes it will be successful, but doesn’t seem to be expecting it to be an immediate mega hit like her vampire series.
According to The Canadian Press,
The publisher has announced a first printing of 750,000, huge for most authors, but not so special for Meyer. She has more than 7.5. million books in print worldwide, according to Little, Brown, and is currently enjoying a Harry Potter-like presence on Amazon.com.
Oh, that we could all be that “not so special.”
In the article, Meyer admits that she started The Host as a “side project.” She did not “consciously write ‘The Host’ for an older audience and did not think of it as an adult book until she had completed it and showed the manuscript to her agent, Jodi Reamer.”
But a lot of adults, like even moi, picked up her YA vampire series and read them. Her publishers are hoping they’ll continue reading her as she makes this foray into adult fiction.