You'll Love This Book If:
- You want to write children's, middle-grade, or young adult books
- You are looking for a book on writing for kids
- You want to know what an agent looks for in a kidlit story
Writing for young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) audiences isn't just "kid's stuff" anymore—it's kidlit! The YA and MG book markets are healthier and more robust than ever, and that means the competition is fiercer, too. In Writing Irresistible Kidlit, literary agent Mary Kole shares her expertise on writing novels for young adult and middle grade readers and teaches you how to:
- Recognize the differences between middle grade and young adult audiences and how it impacts your writing
- Tailor your manuscript's tone, length, and content to your readership
- Avoid common mistakes and cliches that are prevalent in YA and MG fiction, in respect to characters, story ideas, plot structure, and more.
- Develop themes and big ideas in your novel that will strike emotional chords with your readers
Mary Kole's candid commentary and insightful observations, as well as a collection of book excerpts and personal insights from bestselling authors and editors who specialize in the children's book market, are invaluable tools for your kidlit career.
If you want the skills, techniques, and know-how you need to craft memorable stories for teens and tweens, Writing Irresistible Kidlit can give them to you!
In This Book You'll:
- Learn basic and advanced writing techniques
- See examples from best-selling titles with discussions about why they work
- Get detailed writing exercises
BONUS MATERIAL: Order today and get instant access to an exclusive interview with author Mary Kole!
About Mary Kole:
Mary Kole is a Senior Literary Manager at Movable Type Management, and has quickly sold more than a dozen books to the largest children's publishers in the country. Mary is the author of the Kidlit Blog (www.kidlit.com), which receives more than 45,000 page views a month, and was named one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer's Digestmagazine for two years running. Before she was an agent and blogger, Mary was a Theatre and English major at Santa Clara University, worked in the children's editorial department at Chronicle Books, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco. She now lives in Brooklyn and operates the east coast office of the agency.
A Word From The Author:
"The key to success in this business is writing irresistible books. Books that agents fight over. Books that editors fall in love with. Books that are published well and reach their audiences in a competitive marketplace. Books that speak directly to their young readers, that are complex, thematically rich, relevant, and universal.
The world of children’s books is changing, and so aspiring kidlit writers must hold themselves to the standard of irresistible now more than ever before. My goal with this guide is to give you a strong market and writing craft foundation so that you can shoot for this lofty goal."
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