What is a Young Adult Book?
From the Harry Potter books to Christopher Paolini’s Eragon novels, fantasy series have long been teen favorites. I asked author Karyn Henley, author of the Angelaeon Circle novels, to give you some tips about writing in this popular genre.
One of the most versatile and accomplished writers in children’s literature shares her advice!
Over the years, we’ve given readers, aspiring authors and lovers of children’s literature the opportunity to interact directly with some of their favorite writers. The result: a number of revealing conversations with some remarkable authors. We’re proud to present a few of the best
Join in as Laura and Helen chat about the Young Adult market, and how writers can gain a foothold:
Middle Grade for Ages 8-12, fiction and nonfiction: Books are 84-150 pages long on average, with manuscripts of about 20,000-35,000 words. No illustrations in fiction; nonfiction may have photographs or black-and-white drawings. No restrictions on writing style, but characters in fiction tend to be 10-13 years old.
Listen to Deborah Halverson, an award-winning young adult author and former Harcourt editor, talk about her newest book Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies. In this podcast, Deborah gives tips for writing teen dialogue and knowing if your book has the all-important “hook” that editors want. Check out
Editor’s note: Audrey is a 13-year-old student from California who is currently working on her own novel between school, sports and choir. She’s also a Contributing Editor to Write4Kids, focusing on middle grade and young adult literature. If you have writing-related questions for Audrey, or want to suggest a topic
Laura chats with Ronica Stromberg, author of the Kirsten Hart series for tweens (from Royal Fireworks Press, http://www.rfwp.com/series96.htm), about writing for the inspirational market and promoting herself through school visits and her blog.