Ok, so I read the latest SCBWI national Bulletin, and came up with these gems of wisdom:
--Demand for fantasy is softening (kinda hard to believe)
--Vampires and werewolves are still big but may not last much longer (easier to believe)
--Publishers are reducing the number of books published, and the amount of copies printed
--Find an agent who knows about print runs and price points before beginning negotiations (the WHAT? yes, I need an agent!)
--Fantasy should NOT be trendy or derivative
--Good YA novels have original openings
All good advice, and things to ponder...