Today I’d like to write about building relationships in YA and middle-grade novels. Creating relationships is critically important in your writing and are the building blocks of the books you write. I spent the first three years of my career working at Aladdin at Simon & Schuster where I became very familiar with middle-grade novels […]
Hi, guys! Alyssa here. We’re so pleased to share this series by the wonderful Cynthea Liu about writing for multiple formats. For your convenience, we’ve put them into a single post here, so you can easily follow from one to the next. Enjoy! Part One: Intro Part Two: Disclaimers Part Three: Benefits […]
She’s that girl. You knew her in high school. At least, you think you did. Maybe you believed what everyone said about her. Maybe you laughed at her, taunted her. Maybe you helped spread the rumors. Maybe you started them. Or maybe you defended her, held out your hand when nobody else would, shared secrets […]
Hello and welcome to Sex and Swearing in YA! Sex and swearing have an interesting place in the YA publishing discussions, because you often have people in one of these two camps: Oh, it’s books for teens—obviously I can’t have sex and swearing Teens aren’t children—I can write whatever the hell I want, within reason […]
I’ve always loved reading dual point-of-view, so it’s no surprise that I also love to write it. My upcoming debut novel, LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES, is told in dual POV (and dual timeline, just to keep things complicated) switching between two protagonists — boy and girl — both seniors in high school, as they […]
The core of my prose writing philosophy is this: strive to convey their message as powerfully as possible, in as few words as possible. That’s not to say that you can’t embellish. But embellishments are useless if they serve no purpose beyond decoration, or if the structure underneath is unstable. It’s like building a sand […]
As a writer of Young Adult Regency Romance, I would like to share some of my observations about writing relevant books for the tech-savvy teens of today when the story takes place long before electronics entered our world. It is entirely true that themes are timeless, that love, acting out, worrying about the opinion of […]
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