What All Agents Want in a Great Young Adult Novel — June 13 Webinar With Critique by Agent Carlie Webber

Many writers today are trying their hand nowadays at writing young adult. It’s a popular genre with readers, and that means it’s a very popular genre with aspiring writers. Submissions are plentiful in YA, and teens have a lot of options each year in terms of what to read. So what can you do to ensure that your novel is the one they’ll all be dying to have? And does your book stand a chance at getting you an agent if it doesn’t have wizards, vampires, or a dystopian setting?

Literary agent Carlie Webber will answer these questions and also show how setting, pacing, and tension all work with the voice to create a memorable novel. She’ll also talk about the elements that separate middle grade novels from YA, and YA from adult. It’s all part of “What All Agents Want in a Great Young Adult Novel,” a brand new webinar at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013. It lasts 90 minutes. (Don’t forget that at least three agents have signed writers after critiquing their work through a WD webinar!)

 

 

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ABOUT THE CRITIQUE

All registrants are invited to submit the first 500 words of their novel. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by literary agent Carlie Webber. Carlie reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event, if she deems the writing excellent. Sign up for the webinar here.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Teens are discriminating readers with a lot of demands on their time, so what can you do to ensure that your novel is the one they’ll all be dying to read? And does your book stand a chance at getting you an agent if it doesn’t have wizards, vampires, or a dystopian setting?

Literary agent Carlie Webber will share her ideas on what all agents want in a great YA novel, regardless of subject matter. The live webinar will open with a presentation on what it means to write authentic YA voices, and will explain why crafting a YA voice is a different challenge from creating one for a tween or adult protagonist. After showing examples of strong voice, Carlie will show how setting, pacing, and tension all work with the voice to create a memorable novel. She’ll also talk about the elements that separate middle grade novels from YA, and YA from adult. Carlie will also address the art of writing controversial content, and the perennial question of how writers should – or shouldn’t – tackle YA literature trends.

This webinar will treat YA as an age range, not a genre, and it will include examples from contemporary and historical fiction, plus science fiction and fantasy written for ages 12-18.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • The elements of crafting a memorable YA voice
  • How setting and plot work to support the voice
  • Why a teen protagonist’s voice will sound different than a pre-teen or adult
  • How to incorporate great pacing and tension
  • How to work in enough technology and slang to sound current, but not so much that your book is dated before it hits shelves
  • What you can and can’t present in terms of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll
  • Why writing to trends is a double-edged sword. Sign up for the webinar here.

INSTRUCTOR

Carlie Webber refused to major in English in college because no one would let her read Stephen King or R.L. Stine for class. After college, she obtained a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a YA librarian and professional book reviewer for publications including KIRKUS REVIEWS. Wishing to explore her interest in the business side of publishing, she enrolled in the Columbia Publishing Course. After working for the Publish or Perish Agency/New England Publishing Associates and Jane Rotrosen Agency, she has established her own agency, CK Webber Associates. In addition to YA, she is seeking middle grade, mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. Follow her on Twitter: @carliebeth

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  1. Writers who want their YA novel to stand out from the crowd
  2. Writers who aren’t sure of where their book fits into the marketplace due to the age and experiences of the protagonist
  3. Writers who want to know more about reaching a YA audience
  4. Writers who want to write a YA novel but don’t yet have experience writing for the age group
  5. Writers who want a professional critique by a literary agent
  6. Anyone with non-novel publishing credits considering making the jump to YA fiction writing

Sign up for the webinar here!

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