Young adult fiction is a vibrant and growing section of the book writing world. YA is the genre that has the most breakout writers every month, allowing new voices to reach the marketplace all the time. But with more opportunity comes more competition — and agents & editors see tons of submissions each month that get rejected because they don’t stand out. That’s why we have literary agent Regina Brooks teaching the webinar, “Writing Great Books for Young Adults” at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, April 4, 2013. It lasts 90 minutes.
ABOUT THE CRITIQUE
All registrants are invited to submit the first 250 words of their manuscript and a one-paragraph synopsis. All submissions will be critiqued by literary agent Regina Brooks. Sign up for the webinar here.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- How to find the right market for your novel (middle grade, YA, or New Adult)
- How to position your novel
- The key elements that should be included in your query
- Learn how to pique the interest of an agent/editor in your young adult novel
- How to make your novel’s first paragraphs entice an agent/editor to request your full manuscript
- How to understand editorial and marketing speak: “positioning,” “high concept,” “too quiet,” and many more
- The five key elements necessary for engaging the young adult reader. Sign up for the webinar here.
Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her agency represents a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature, including: three-time National Book Award finalist, Newberry Honor Winner and the Coretta Scott King Honor and the Michael Printz Honor Award-winning author Marilyn Nelson; winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids author Sundee Frazier; Junior Guild Award, Stonewall Award, and LAMBDA award winner Bil Wright. Brooks is a former Executive Editor at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill.
She is the author of the children’s book, Never Finished! Never Done! (Scholastic), WRITING GREAT BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS (Source Books) and YOU SHOULD (REALLY) WRITE A BOOK: HOW TO WRITE, SELL, AND MARKET YOUR MEMOIR (St. Martin’s Press).