Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Getting Published

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Oct 7, 2014 - Reference - 224 pages

Break into the Bestselling Young Adult Market with this IndispensableGuide!

Whether you're just getting started or are on the hunt foran agent or publisher, Writing Great Books for Young Adults is your completeinsider source on how to succeed in the flourishing world of YA fiction andnonfiction. In this updated and revised edition, veteran literary agent ReginaL. Brooks offers invaluable advice for YA writers on everything from shapingyour novel to crafting the perfect pitch for your book.

Learn How To:

•Develop an authentic, engaging voice and writing style
•Construct dynamic plots that will resonate with readers
•Avoid common pitfalls related to tone and point of view
•Navigate the emerging genres of YA nonfiction and New Adult
•Create an exceptional query letter and proposal that willgrab the attention of agents and publishers

You'll also discover how successful film adaptations like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games have broadened the market for your book.Filled with tips and advice from agents, editors, and popular YA authors,Writing Great Books for Young Adults is your ticket to an incredible YA career!

"Brooks offers writers who are serious about attractingteen readers solid guidance through the creation process of writing YA fiction."—LibraryJournal

 

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Contents

Five Rules for Engaging Readers of Young Adult Fiction
1
Accepting the Gift of Story
8
Meeting Your Characters
19
Understanding Plot
34
Building Your Plot
42
Setting and Timeline
60
Trying On Points of View
73
Learning to Write Dialogue
86
YA Nonfiction and New Adult
157
Envoi
179
Feedback Resources
180
Publishing Processes at a Glance
186
Glossary of YA Genres and Terms
188
YA BookstoFilm Chart
191
Young Adult Publishers
201
Acknowledgments
202

Finding Your Theme
109
Creating a Satisfying Conclusion
120
Getting Constructive Feedback
135
Finding an Agent
146
Index
205
About the Author
207
Back Cover
209
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About the author (2014)

Regina L. Brooks is the founder of Serendipity Literary and has been developing books for over a decade. She has been highlighted in several national and international magazines and periodicals, including Writers and Poets, Essence Magazine, Writer's Digest Magazine, and Sister2Sister. She lives in New York City, New York.

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