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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.

A Crafty Way to Break into Children”s Writing

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

Don’t Be Such a Baby

Writing for children isn’t for sissies. This genre demands your best work. Answer our columnists’ questions and find out if you’re up to the challenge. Read more

Modern Myth Maker

Alice Hoffman, author of Practical Magic and Here on Earth, proves once again that fairy tales and fables aren’t just a thing of the past. Read more

Children”s Poetry Markets

Special thanks to Alice Pope, editor of 2008 Children”s Writer”s & Illustrator”s Market, for help with compiling this list. October 2007 Read more

David Almond: A Sense of Coming Home

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

Hook Kids’ Attention With Your Writing

Between the Internet, Nintendo and the TV remote how can “boring” books compete? If you’ve never asked yourself a similar question, you’ve probably never written anything for children. Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey explain what it takes to grab a kid’s attention and hold onto it from the beginning to “the end.” Read more

Writing for Kids: Create Believable Characters

Thinking Like a Kid Read more

Postscript: Finding my Way

This debut YA author contemplates her so-called “lucky break.” Read more

5 Tips for Writing for Children

"Dialogue not only keeps young readers engrossed in the action, but also makes the page appear less formidable by breaking up the text." That’s one of the tips from Tracey Dils, author of You Can Write Children’s Books. Read more tips here. Read more

It’s a Kid’s World

To write a convincing setting for your children’s story, just kick off your shoes and jump into a child’s world. Read more

Crafting an Effective Plot for Children’s Books

Excerpted from The Children’s Writer’s Reference, Berthe Amoss and Eric Suben talk about the most important ingredient in a book — plot. Read more

Intensive Research Is Important for Children”s Nonfiction

Author Robie Harris” books It”s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health and It”s So Amazing!: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families focus on sexual health for kids. Here, Harris talks about the process of doing extensive research as she prepared her manuscripts. Read more

7 Questions: Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans answers Writer’s Digest’s 7 questions. Read more

3 Tips for Writing for Kids

Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey, who have written more than 80 children’s books together, including Sea Monsters Don’t Ride Motorcycles, discuss the basics of developing an attention-grabbing plot when writing for children Read more

Five Tips for Writing Children’s Literature

If you are interested in writing stories for very small children, here are five tips that can help get you started. Read more

J.K. Rowling: On Setting Priorities

J.K Rowling discusses her influences, secrets about Harry Potter, and how she makes writing a priority. Read more

The 10 Commandments of Fiction Writing

Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.

by Raymond Obstfeld
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Picture book author Dori Chaconas writes what she knows

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

Picture Book Writing—Make Every Word Sing

Picture Book Writing—Make Every Word Sing Read more

10 Great Writing Ideas For Kids

Learn how to introduce the idea of journaling to your child. 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

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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

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