Trends we will see:
- Armageddon/cataclysmic/Endtimes scenarios as 2012 approaches. Big drama, "save the world" sort of stuff.
- Dystopians (anytime there's a political shakeup these find space in the market--especially political shakeup + 2012).
- Steampunk. (It sort of wedges itself in with both of the above with its alternate, dystopian feel.)
- Stories that take us beyond the end of the world (or the world as we know it). If you have one of these you're working on, I say get it ready to go out.
- More (and potentially grimmer/darker) faery stories. (This is based on fact some faery books just got signed for movies and authors and publishers will inevitably want a piece of that pie.)
A simple way to forecast trends is to learn from your history. Yeah. That's right. :p History DOES serve a purpose. So here's what you can do:
- Grab a calendar and the internet.
- Look at what major anniversaries (births, deaths, battles, wars, diseases, events) are coming up IN TWO YEARS OR MORE. Don't waste your time on this year's calendar--the books are already well into the pipeline for this calendar year (at least with trad publishers). So. You have a great Annie Oakley story? Too bad. That anniversary is THIS year. Maybe interest will be renewed in her as a result, but is your story with Annie in front of publishers now (or can it be within a month or two)?
Have a great day! Happy Monday!