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Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fiction
With young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors likeJ.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene, aspiringYA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested inwriting a young adult novel, but aren't sure how to fit the stylethat appeals to young readers'
Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies gives you tricksof the trade and proven tips on all the steps to write a YA book,from developing an idea to publication.
- Unique writing exercises to help you find your own authenticteen voice
- Tips to avoid when submitting manuscripts
- How to break into the flourishing young adult market
With the help of this step-by-step guide, you'll have all theskills to write an inspiring and marketable young adult novel.
About the Author
Deborah Halverson founded the writer's advice website DearEditor.com and was a veteran editor for young adult and children's fiction before picking up a pen and writing the teen novels Big Mouth and Honk If You Hate Me.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Ready to Write Young Adult Fiction 7
Chapter 1: The Lowdown on YA Fiction 9
Chapter 2: Targeting Teen Readers 19
Chapter 3: Managing Your Muse 35
Part II: Writing Riveting Young Adult Fiction 61
Chapter 4: Writing the Almighty Hook 63
Chapter 5: Creating Teen-Friendly Characters 75
Chapter 6: Building the Perfect Plot 97
Chapter 7: Creating Teen-Driven Action 117
Chapter 8: Setting Is More than Somewhere to Be 133
Chapter 9: Crafting a Narrative Voice Teens Will Listen To . . . and Love 151
Chapter 10: Talking Like a Teen 175
Part III: Editing, Revising, and Formatting
Your Manuscript 199
Chapter 11: Editing and Revising with Confidence 201
Chapter 12: The Finishing Touches: Formatting and Finalizing 219
Part IV: Getting Published 235
Chapter 13: Strategizing and Packaging Your Submissions 237
Chapter 14: Self-Publishing: Is It for You? 269
Chapter 15: Mastering Marketing 283
Part V: The Part of Tens 311
Chapter 16: Ten Common Pitfalls in Writing YA Fiction 313
Chapter 17: Ten Facts about Book Contracts 319
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Make the Most of a Conference 329
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have devoured Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies and return to it repeatedly as I work on revisions of my current writing project. Of all the volumes on fiction writing I have collected, I honestly think it is the most thorough, well-organized, and engaging I have yet read. Halverson provides sound advice for crafting, polishing, and marketing your manuscript. She spices up the practical guidance with wonderful, rich, and original examples of how to make stale or moderately good writing sparkle. When I first read that she had included "exercises" for practice, the skeptic in me shook my head. Turns out most of the exercises are simple but powerful building blocks for developing your novel from beginning to end! Halverson's perspective as both editor and author offers unusual breadth and wisdom. As a successful writer of young adult fiction, Halverson "gets" the process, the struggles, and the euphoria of creating a book from blank pages. Respect, sympathy, and motivation for authors abound. In addition, it is immensely helpful to peek into the mind of someone who's established in the publishing "biz" and glimpse what hooks an editor, maintains her interest, and leads to marketable fiction and a successful working relationship. If you are an aspiring writer, this book is the place to start. A published author? You will thoroughly enjoy Halverson's savvy and witty perspective. Someone who loves to read and wonders how on earth that novel came to be? Open WYAFFD, and welcome to the wonderful world of fiction writing!
I first heard about Deborah Halverson's new book, Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies, at a San Diego chapter SCBWI meeting where she spoke. Purchased it for my Nook at the Barns and Nobel website shortly after it came out, and all I can say is WOW! Read lots of 'how to' books on writing. This one knocks the socks of most of them. Within a few days of reading it, I found myself leaving her book open on my Nook next to my netbook (say that ten times fast), using the navigable table of contents to go to chapters that are specific to what I'm working on at the moment. Halverson's simple, clear, and-d are I say-genius advice has helped me to narrow my seventy word hook down to under forty (and it looks so much better), to weed out the areas of my novel where I am telling (the infamous 'show don't tell' issue) and strengthen my character arc. Where has this book been all my life (it is really helping, but . . . does that make me a dummy?:o). Anyways, I just wanted to say thanks Deborah Halverson.