The Young Adult Writer's Journey

The Young Adult Writer's Journey

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"The trouble with "how to" books on creativity is that they usurp creativity. Not so with this very insightful guide for YA writing. If it doesn't become a standard or even a classic among reference books, it will be an oversight. Janet Schrader-Post and Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds have all the marinated smarts and credentialed experience to pull this off, and they do! No dictated wisdom from on high here, no grafted creativity, THE YOUNG ADULT WRITER'S JOURNEY is accessible, motivational and a clear map that leaves plenty of room to discover for anyone wanting to explore their creative side."-Thomas Sullivan, Pulitzer-nominated author of THE PHASES OF HARRY MOON

Finally, an all-inclusive book on young adult fiction must-do, don't do and how-to. If you want to write a young adult novel, you need to read this book first. Coauthored by an award-winning YA author and an acquisitions editor, both experts on kids and what they like to read, this encyclopedia contains all you need to start or improve a career as a YA fiction author.

From an examination of the market, genre and its sub-genres, to mechanics and the business, everything is at your fingertips. This amazing writer's resource is written in a relaxed and interesting style, with plenty of contemporary references and examples for clear understanding and easier application.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161578315
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Daughter of a Colonel, Janet lived the military life until she got out of high school. She lived in Hawaii and worked as a polo groom for fifteen years, then moved to Florida where she became a reporter. For ten years she covered kids in high school and middle school. Kids as athletes, kids doing amazing things no matter how hard their circumstances. It impressed her, and it awed her. “How wonderful teens are. They have spirit and courage in the face of the roughest time of their lives. High school is a war zone. Between dodging bullies, school work and after school activities, teens nowadays have a lot on their plate. I wrote stories about them and I photographed them. My goal was to see every kid in their local newspaper before they graduated.”

Janet love kids and horses, and she paints and writes. Now she lives in the swampland of Florida with too many dogs and her fifteen-year-old granddaughter. She started to write young adult fiction with the help of her son, Gabe Thompson, who teaches middle school. Together they have written a number of award-winning YA novels in both science fiction and fantasy.

Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds knows kids well. She spent decades teaching teens and adults to write and improve their reading skills. As a literacy expert and certified coach, she helped both teachers from elementary to secondary and pre-service graduate students learn to improve reading and writing instruction. She has taught at both the secondary and graduate level, everything from rhetoric, essays, and thesis statements, to poetry, short stories, and how to write a novel. She has learned to use both sides of her brain simultaneously, but enjoys the creative side the most, learning to play piano, draw and paint, and find time for her own writing since retiring from her “day” jobs.

A “true believer” in Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, mythic structures, she uses that lens when considering manuscripts for Tell-Tale Publishing Group, a company she founded with some friends from her critique group a decade ago.

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The Young Adult Writer's Journey 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 8 months ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite What makes a really good young adult novel? Is it the characters? The setting? The plot? The conflict? All of these things, but perhaps many would answer, without a doubt, that the most important element in young adult fiction is the characters. Readers want characters they can relate to, characters who have the same struggles, same successes and failures that they have, characters that talk and think like they do. Who reads these young adult novels? Well, young adults, of course, but adults also read them. Young adult literature is a popular choice for readers thirteen and older. Young adults want to read about role models and believable, yet crazy high school situations; adults want to relive their youth and share a chuckle or two about the things they remember from their teenage/coming-of-age years. With such a vast span of age groups interested in these young adult novels, it’s imperative that the writing is solid, compelling and age-appropriate. So how does one become a successful young adult writer? In order to write for this audience, the writer must have a firm understanding of the age group and what works/ what doesn’t work. As a potential young adult writer, you need to read young adult literature, study young adults intently and, most important, learn some of the do’s and don’ts. To help you along, there is a vital encyclopedia: Janet Schrader-Post and Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds’ The Young Adult Writer’s Journey: An Encyclopedia for YA Writers is exactly what the title suggests. It is an in-depth look at the market and how to write effectively for this market. The logical, step-by-step process of creating solid, believable characters, who look, talk and think like young adults, plausible plots and settings that would appeal to young adult readers, is well laid out, complete with helpful examples from some of the big names in young adult literature, like J.K. Rowling. The two authors, well versed in the art of writing, have created a concise and engagingly useful ‘how to’ book that is not only well laid out, but interesting as well, leading the would-be author from the beginning story idea to the published novel and the marketing skills essential for its success. This is a must-have for all writers, particularly those intent on writing for the young adult market.
BooksDirect 10 months ago
The authors lead us through the main features of young adult books. Topics covered include: structure, characters, world-building, setting, language, point of view, pacing, the ending, writing a series, what agents are looking for, writing with a partner, and marketing. The irony is that the authors themselves don’t have much of a social media presence. Throughout the book, the authors use Harry Potter as a case study, although the majority of examples are from movies - not books - with major spoilers for movies/books the authors assume we’ve all seen/read. While the scope of the information is impressive, the execution is flawed. The content is repetitive, there are numerous editing and formatting errors, and the structure is disorganized. It’s difficult to see how the different areas discussed relate to one another, as there is no flow. In addition, the content would be greatly enhanced by the use of lists and tables. While it’s commendable that the authors wanted to illustrate their own book, the illustrations by Janet, with one by Elizabeth (Chapter 15), are less than impressive, and they would have been better served by employing a professional illustrator. Major takeaway: “In order to write for young adults, you must know your audience.” I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post:
amybooksy 10 months ago
The Young Adult Writer's Journey: An Encyclopedia for YA Writers was an interesting read for me. I think it had some good information within its pages. As a reader, it made admire and appreciate writers even more knowing how much work they have to do to craft a story. I give The Young Adult Writer’s Journey: An Encyclopedia for YA Writers three and a half stars. I believe many writers who are looking into writing young adult genre books would find this one as helpful. I received this book from the publisher. This review 100% my own honest opinion.
Bookaholic-mka More than 1 year ago
At first, I thought I was reading a psychology book about children and then I realized this book is just what it says it is. You can’t sell a book without defining your audience. Unfortunately, in today’s world just writing what you want is not necessarily going to do anything but sit on your own shelf and no one else’s. The “audience” of young adult and middle grade kids is not what it was when we grew up. When I say we, I don’t care what your age is. Everything is changing fast enough that my statement is still true. Things aren’t as they were. Not being aware of the teens interests of today would be like writing a “Little House on the Prairie” book. If that’s what you want to do, no problem. These authors are on top of things and worth listening to. This is also a book to help you lay out the frame or skeleton of your story. I was unhappy at first of the many famous author examples that were used but then again, what better way to explain how to do something to create a book from one we already know has sold. I’m not saying anyone should follow the examples verbatim nor should you lose your own identity. This is just a well-written book to help you. Either as a layperson for ideas or for well-seasoned YA authors. Then comes the ultimate, marketing. It is covered in depth here and should be the most important part of the book in my opinion. If no one knows you wrote a book or never sees it, never buys it, is it really a book? I think this really is an encyclopedia and yet I also think it can inspire you to get started or move forward on your book. There is no author that doesn’t have that periodic moment of being “stuck”. This is one of those sources you use as a reference material and keep on your shelf.