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Writing for Children & Young Adults

Young Adult and Children’s books are hot! Here you’ll learn about trends in the marketplace, what’s working and what’s not, plus how to write for this very special group of readers without dumbing things down.

From First Draft to Finish Novel

A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building Read more

Bulllies, Bastards & Bitches

With Jessica Page Morrell’s Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, you’ll be able to tap into your story’s dark side by creating realistic and memorable anti-heroes, villains, antagonists, and difficult protagonists. Read more

Defining and Developing Your Anti-Hero

Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell. Read more

The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

by Bonnie Trenga Read more

Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

Publish Your First Book After 50

Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.

By Scott Hoffman
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Finding Strong Ideas for Teen Fiction

How can you find and write convincingly about ideas that teenagers will enjoy? Find out from award-winning YA novelist K.L. Going how to succeed at writing for this burgeoning genre. Read more

The Popular Fiction Report

What’s hot in Mystery/ Crime, Romance, Horror, Thriller/ Suspense and Science Fiction/ Fantasy? Find out in this comprehensive genre-by-genre market report.

PLUS: A breakdown of fiction sub-genres and their definitions. Read more

Francesca Lia Block on Handling Challenging YA Subject Matter

Fairies, witches and genies-sounds like the makings of a child”s fairy tale, right? But what about a boy-crazy fairy who smokes? Or a witch who is a member of a Jane Mansfield cult? Or a genie who grants a wish so a teenage girl can live with her gay best friend and his lover? While books with such fantastical characters wouldn”t be targeted at young children, deciding whether to market them to an adult or a young adult audience poses a problem for their writer Francesca Lia Block an Read more

A Picture Book History of a House: Author/Illustrator Jennifer Thermes” When I Was Built (Henry Holt and Company)

reprinted from 2002 Children”s Writer”s & Illustrator”s Market Read more

Children’s Literary Agent Barry Goldblatt Knows What He Likes In The Ever-changing And Expanding Children’s Market

reprinted from 2002 Children”s Writer”s & Illustrator”s Market Read more

Waiting Out a Dark Cloud

Philip Beard persevered through the publishing industry’s post-9/11 trauma to publish his novel, Dear Zoe. His story offers a telling look at how the industry’s mood can launch—or crush—a writing career. Read more

11 Tips for Getting Started in Children’s Publishing

If you’re new to the world of children’s publishing, you might now know where to begin. Here is a list of suggestions and resources that can help make your journey to publication a smooth and swift one. Read more

YA Novelist-Poet Sonya Sones discusses her transition from poet to novelist, as well as her eavesdropping habits

reprinted from 2002 Children”s Writer”s & Illustrator”s Market Read more

Finding One Voice

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson turn an unlikely pairing into a prequel to a children’s classic. Read more

Advice from Agent Steven Malk

Steven Malk of Writer”s House, who handles children”s book authors like Jon Scieszka and Elise Primavera, talks about the advantages of having an agent, offers tips on choosing one, and reveals what he looks for in a manuscript. Read more

Using Research as Inspiration for Picture Books

Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott award-winning Snowflake Bentley, has written more than a dozen children”s books, many of which celebrate the natural world. Here she talks about how her research on historical figures, nature, and snowflake photographer Wilson Bentley spark pictured books that are part story, part fact. Read more

Q&A With Newbery Winner Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Parks won the 2002 Newbery Medal for her third novel A Single Shard. She talked to Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market about working with her editor, getting ideas and doing research for her historical novels. Read more

Writing for Kids With Judy Blume

Children’s author Judy Blume explains her rise to success, the benefit of keeping a notebook, the importance of imagination when writing for children and the need for “honesty.” Read more

THE WD INTERVIEW: ANN BRASHARES: ONE LEG AT A TIME

Ann Brashares zipped up her mega-selling the sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series this year and released her first adult novel. But, as she reveals in this interview, finding a new path isn’t easy. Read more

8 Basic Writing Blunders

These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.

by Jerry B. Jenkins Read more

Seven Tips for Writing Children’s Nonfiction

Here are seven tips from Brandon Marie Miller on researching and writing children’s nonfiction. Read more

Tips for Breaking Into Children’s Writing Through Magazines

Children’s magazines offer great break-in potential: magazines can be hungry for contributions, and selling to a magazine proves that your a pro—a big step in breaking into book publishing. Read more

On The Edge: Poetry for the Younger Set

Will the creation of a Children’s Poet Laureate and the staying power of novels-in-verse allow room for new writers in this burgeoning market? Read more

How to Be a Kid Again—or at Least Think Like One

Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey provide several idea generators to help you get inside the mind of your younger characters. Here are five sense activities to help you recall the vivid experiences and emotions of childhood. Read more

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