Captivate the hearts and minds of young adult readers!
Writing for young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) audiences isn't just "kid's stuff" anymore--it's kidlit! The YA and MG book markets are healthier and more robust than ever, and that means the competition is fiercer, too. In Writing Irresistible Kidlit, literary agent Mary Kole shares her expertise on writing novels for young adult and middle grade readers and teaches you how to:
- Recognize the differences between middle grade and young adult audiences and how it impacts your writing.
- Tailor your manuscript's tone, length, and content to your readership.
- Avoid common mistakes and cliches that are prevalent in YA and MG fiction, in respect to characters, story ideas, plot structure and more.
- Develop themes and ideas in your novel that will strike emotional chords.
Mary Kole's candid commentary and insightful observations, as well as a collection of book excerpts and personal insights from bestselling authors and editors who specialize in the children's book market, are invaluable tools for your kidlit career.
If you want the skills, techniques, and know-how you need to craft memorable stories for teens and tweens, Writing Irresistible Kidlit can give them to you.
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About the Author
Mary Kole has worked at Chronicle Books, the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and now spends her days as a Senior Literary Manager at Movable Type. She holds her MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco, which is where she cemented her love of learning and teaching the crafts of writing and storytelling. Mary blogs at Kidlit.com, named one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" by Writer's Digest Magazine for three years running, and lives--and explores the vibrant food scene!--in Brooklyn.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Kidlit Market Overview 1
Your Readers 2
Kidlit Then 3
…and Kidlit Now 4
Blockbuster Thinking 5
The Popularity of Series 6
Changes and Opportunities 6
Choosing an Audience 7
The Middle Grade Marketplace 8
The Young Adult Marketplace 12
Understanding Your Reader 15
Chapter 2 The MG and YA Mindset 16
Inside The Mind of Your Middle Grade Reader 16
Inside The Mind of Your Young Adult Reader 20
Chapter 3 What's the Big Idea? 27
Originality and New Ideas 28
Defining Commercial Novels 29
Loglines from the Shelves 32
How I've been Baited 36
Thinking Big 36
Chapter 4 Storytelling Foundations 40
Starting a Story 40
Balancing Action and Information 49
Tense and POV 62
Chapter 5 Character 73
The Hero's Journey and Introducing a Character 73
Make Me Care: Character Objective and Conflict 89
Sidekicks and Villains and Everyone in Between 113
Chapters, Scenes, and Beats 130
Character Growth and Change 143
Chapter 6 Plot 153
A Lesson in Plot Structure 153
Developing Stakes and Tension 167
Using Backstory and Withholding 179
Subplots and the Muddy Middle 188
The Climax and Ending 196
Chapter 7 Advanced Kidlit 202
Imagery and Setting 202
Word Choice and Voice 218
Theme, Big Ideas, and Big Questions 229
Authority and Authenticity 239
Chapter 8 A Career in Kidlit 249
Getting a Literary Agent 249
Querying and Submitting Your Work 261
Chapter 9 Conclusion 273
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ms. Kole does a fantastic job going through all the areas to consider when writing a YA or MG novel. Each chapter will have you diving deeper into your work in progress and asking yourself tough questions about characters, plot, and motivation. Ms. Kole gives great examples by using current books in the Kidlit market. It is a great resource for editing a draft. I’ve only read once so far and know I will be reading it again several times. I can't recommend this book enough. It's comparable to other writing books such as Donald Maass' Writing the Breakout Novel and Blake Snyder's Save the Cat.