Victoria Hanley's fiction novels for teens are published in dozens of countries in 13 languages. Her books have received many honors, including placement on the Texas Lone Star Master List, the Oklahoma Sequoyah Award Master List, the Utah Beehive Award List, and the Colorado Blue Spruce Award List, as well as earning an International Reading Association Young Adults's choice selection, the Colorado Book Award, and a Kallbacher-Klapperschlange Award (Germany).
Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing for the Young Adult Marketby Victoria Hanley
What do you need to know to break in to the flourishing young adult (YA) market? With humor and a solid grounding in reality, author Victoria Hanley helps readers understand the ins and outs of the YA genre, how to stay inspired, and how to avoid common mistakes writers make in trying to reach teens. The book includes unique writing exercises to help readers find their own authentic teen voice and dozens of interviews with YA authors, blogging experts, editors, and agents to give inspiration and guidance for getting published. Chapters include writing exercises and self-editing techniques tailored to YA, along with encouraging words on dealing with self-doubt, rejection, and lack of time.
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The second edition of Wild Ink provides approximately 200 pages of valuable information about writing for the young adult market – covering areas such as selecting topic and tone, understanding genres, marketing your book to a publisher OR choosing to publish independently, and other topics that are applicable to ALL writers, not just YA authors. The author, Victoria Hanley, also recognizes that non-fiction is also an area that YA writers AND YA readers are interested in, and unlike most such books, provides information on that area. I stress “YA”, because the author makes it clear that the book is aimed at the author seeking to write to the Young Adult market. However, most of this book is valuable to ANY author, even those aiming at adult readers. As I said, Wild Ink provides approximately 200 pages of valuable information. Unfortunately, Wild Ink is 300 pages long. The last 1/3 of the book provides input from a number of successful YA authors. On the surface, that sounds extremely useful. However, because it appears that each contributor was sent a common template of questions to answer, this section has a droning same-ness about it. I quickly found that this material did not adequately hold my interest, and I struggled to finish it in the hopes that I would find the occasional gem among the words. This is a good book, and it's worth the investment of time and money necessary to go through it. I recommend that the reader selectively pick and choose among the multiple authors included in Chapter 11, rather than trying to read through the entire chapter. RATING: 4 stars, based on the first 2/3rds of the book and ignoring the last 1/3rd. DISCLOSURE: I was awarded this book free of charge via the Goodreads FirstReads program. It is hoped that recipients will provide an honest review of their book, but no commitments are sought nor offered.
This book came in handy for revising my mg novel. Tips really helped and the questions she makes you ask force you to think about your story and characters. I especially liked the section of author interviews. The way the information is laid out and written precisely will be ideal for when I need to return to the book for refreshing. Pass this one on to your writer friends who are writing for teens. It'll save them time.