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Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-94954-2
384 pages
July 2011
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Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fiction

With young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene, aspiring YA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested in writing a young adult novel, but aren't sure how to fit the style that appeals to young readers?

Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies gives you tricks of the trade and proven tips on all the steps to write a YA book, from developing an idea to publication.

  • Unique writing exercises to help you find your own authentic teen voice
  • Tips to avoid when submitting manuscripts
  • How to break into the flourishing young adult market

With the help of this step-by-step guide, you'll have all the skills to write an inspiring and marketable young adult novel.

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Part I: Getting Ready to Write Young Adult Fiction.

Chapter 1: The Lowdown on YA Fiction.

Chapter 2: Targeting Teen Readers.

Chapter 3: Managing Your Muse.

Part II: Writing Riveting Young Adult Fiction.

Chapter 4: Writing the Almighty Hook.

Chapter 5: Creating Teen-Friendly Characters.Chapter 6: Building the Perfect Plot.

Chapter 7: Creating Teen-Driven Action.

Chapter 8: Setting Is More than Somewhere to Be.

Chapter 9: Crafting a Narrative Voice Teens Will Listen To . . . and Love.

Chapter 10: Talking Like a Teen.

Part III: Editing, Revising, and Formatting Your Manuscript.

Chapter 11: Editing and Revising with Confi dence.

Chapter 12: The Finishing Touches: Formatting and Finalizing.

Part IV: Getting Published.

Chapter 13: Strategizing and Packaging Your Submissions.

Chapter 14: Self-Publishing: Is It for You?

Chapter 15: Mastering Marketing

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Common Pitfalls in Writing YA Fiction.

Chapter 17: Ten Facts about Book Contracts.

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Make the Most of a Conference.


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Deborah Halverson founded the writer's advice website DearEditor.com and was a veteran editor for young adult and children's fiction before picking up a pen and writing the teen novels Big Mouth and Honk If You Hate Me.
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June 22, 2011
Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies®

From Harry Potter and the Twilight series to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, YA fiction has never been more popular. Even James Patterson has gotten into the game! For writers looking for tips of the trade, Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies® (Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-94954-2, July 2011) features essential information and steps necessary to write a fiction book for young adults, from developing an idea to publication. 

The book covers:

  • An overview of writing, from dialogue and point of view to plot, setting, and character construction
  • Tips for targeting an audience, finding an angle that’ll make the story stand out, and writing a killer hook
  • Unique writing exercises to help readers find their own authentic teen voice
  • How to avoid common mistakes in trying to reach teens 
  • Insider tips for finding the right agent and/or editor and preparing a stand-out submission package
  • Answers to common book contract questions
  • Advice on self-publishing for YA writers
  • An extensive chapter on self-marketing to help writers move boldly into the realm of self-promotion
  • Answers to questions such as: How do writers break in to the flourishing young adult market? How do they tap their wild side and find their "inner teen"? What are pitfalls to avoid when submitting manuscripts?

Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies® also features 13 National Book Award winners and finalists, Newbery medalists and honorees, and other award-winning luminaries sharing their insights. Notable contributors include: M.T. Anderson (foreword), Karen Cushman, Jane Yolen, Jennifer Donnelly, Deborah Wiles, Kathi Appelt, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Gary Soto, Mary E. Pearson, Jean Ferris, Darcy Pattison, agent Erin Murphy, and Senior Editor Kate Harrison at Dial Books for Young Readers.

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