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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.
DAVID LEVITHAN began his publishing career at the age of 19 as an intern for Scholastic. Now editorial director of the company’s Scholastic Press imprint, he’s also the founding editor of PUSH, … Read more
Try webbing using the following as central topics: A childhood fear Your best friend in grade school Your favorite pet Your most embarrassing moment in high school The kids who made your … Read more
Half the difference between what works and what doesn”t in fiction has to do with how the words are phrased. If you want to be a polished writer, remember these rules for … Read more
If you discovered hundreds of ants treating your new house as the latest hot spot for lunch how would you react? Call an exterminator? Buy a bug bomb? Poison the little freeloaders? … Read more
It seemed whenever Traci Sikkink discussed her passion for writing children”s books with friends and acquaintances, she”d get “the look.” “You know the look,” says Sikkink, “the look that says ”you”re kidding … Read more
It never fails. When we visit schools, speak at conferences or teach workshops, somebody always asks the one question guaranteed to make us squirm. “Did you like to write as kids?” We … Read more
Critics and reviewers like to throw around terms like magic realism and apply it to certain authors. Alice Hoffman, who counts herself among those authors, is having none of it. “I think … Read more
All About Kids Publishing aakp.com 9333 Benbow Drive, Gilroy CA 95020 phone: (408)846-1833 fax: (408)846-1835 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Publishes 5-10 picture books/year; 3/4 chapter books/year. 80% of books by first-time authors. Contact: Linda … Read more
British author David Almond, former postman, brush salesman and teacher has earned a number of prestigious literary awards including a Michael L. Printz Honor Award, a 1998 Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread … Read more
One chance. That’s all kids will give you before they toss your book aside. If the first sentence doesn’t grab them, you’re in trouble. If you haven’t hooked readers by the end … Read more
Story characters can come to life for the child who reads about them. Remember wanting to go on escapades with Pippi Longstocking? Longing to escape down the river with Huck Finn? These … Read more
WARNING: The story of my first publishing deal will most likely make you roll your eyes, gnash your teeth and ask, “Why not me?” I know this because, if I were to … Read more
Writing for children is often more difficult than for the adult market because of younger readers’ requirements. To navigate the maze, take some tips from Tracey Dils, author of You Can Write … Read more
Kids’ stories happen anywhere. Stories have been set in the desert in a hole in the ground (Holes by Louis Sachar) and in a grandfather’s attic (Song and Dance Man by Karen … Read more
Plot is probably the most essential ingredient in a book you can’t put down or one your child begs to have read over and over, or if he’s older, a book he … Read more
Robie Harris never intended to write books on sexuality for kids. But when an editor asked her to do a book for children about HIV/AIDS, she started to consider the subject seriously. … Read more
Richard Paul Evans was an advertising executive before he broke through with his phenomenal bestseller—which he originally self-published—The Christmas Box in 1994. The book topped the bestseller lists simultaneously in hardcover and … Read more
Children’s plots must be built around believable characters trying to solve kid conflicts. … Picture book plots can be very simple and revolve around everyday conflicts such as learning to make friends … Read more
The recent overwhelming success of the Harry Potter book series has shown the publishing world just how profitable stories geared toward young audiences can be. If you are interested in writing stories … Read more
J.K. Rowling (pronounced ROHE-ling) has made a lot of friends lately, and she doesn’t know most of them. According to Publishers Weekly, there are 8.9 million hardcover and paperback Harry Potter books … Read more
Most experts agree that when it comes to writing fiction, no rules are carved in stone. A writer is free to bend, twist, smash or shred any of the golden platitudes of … Read more
Some writers enliven their innate creativity by candlelight during a rainstorm (Flannery O”Connor and Edgar Allen Poe produced their best works on drenched evenings). Others retreat in the woods or near the … Read more
In books like Man on the Moon, Baby Born, and the critically acclaimed Window Music, author Anastasia Suen creates books that engage, entertain and educate children with words that sing. She offers … Read more
Writing in a journal about the ups and downs of everyday life helps children deal with their emotions, permitting them to enter a magical realm of self-expression that might otherwise lay dormant. … Read more
Francesca Lia Block”s books, I Was a Teenage Fairy, Girl Goddess #9, The Hanged Man and her series Dangerous Angels, are lyrical tapestries of life in modern-day Los Angeles, magical realism, 80s … Read more