You're tempting me with your pooch, I know you are :D You can send me an e-mail pic any time (or one day I will join the Facebook generation) :p
On your analogy, Shelley, there's no doubt you are flying! I read about Austen societies that meet up across the States and I'm sure it said there was a convention in Tennessee. You should check them out, cause there's a market there for your book, I bet.
I've been in a quandary over the YA thing too. I'll probably aim for adult. There are similarities between Quilt and Sea People in this respect. Breena's world is too detached from modernity for teens to relate, I feel. Plus, I have this sense that to begin with, things are being done to her and events happen at her. Some of that is 'adult' themed, but within teens' experience. Part of her journey is establishing some control or influence over the world around her by losing some of her self control. She's bound by rules and beliefs to begin with. There's a fair amount of the themes interesting and relevant to teens, but I fear the lingo and setting will put them off :)
Quilt faces some of the same dilemmas, although the romance maybe gives it more of a boost for a female teen readership.
I asked about your research of the market, cause you told me a while ago that you and J had gone all crazy on watching historical movies, especially Victorian era and Austen. I assumed you may have come across the fan groups that way :)
Take care! Speak soon...