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Writing Irresistible Kidlit

The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers

By Mary Kole

Format: Paperback

SKU# V6501

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 (, 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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SKU V6501
Author/Speaker/Editor Mary Kole
File/Trim Size 5.5 x 8.44
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781599635767
Number Of Pages 304

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An Amazing Asset Review by Kimberly G

I've read a lot of How To Become An Awesome writer type books. I've attended conferences, webinars, and followed a lot of writer blogs, and out of all of those great tools and resources, has always been a favorite of mine. So when I heard that Mary Kole was writing a book, I was intrigued. The book is broken down into the important things you need to know when writing for the YA or MG marketplace.

It starts with an overview of the Kidlit Market then moves to describing the MG and YA reader's mindset. I'd like to think I'm well educated with both, but Kole gave insights I hadn't thought about. She then talks about the importance of a Big Idea in stories, the foundation of storytelling, how to make a great YA or MG character, how to structure plots, and she talks about advanced skills (such how imagery, voice, theme, author authority and authenticity.

In case you haven't considered the traditional publishing route, the last chapter breaks down everything you need to know about it. The role of literary agents, the query letter, submitting your work, and a few more bonus tips and tricks. Again, I'm well versed in those areas but Kole brought a new point of view and a very interesting one since she's a literary agent herself.

Reading this book was fun. It forced me to think about my own writing and gives exercises to help you find problems with my plot or characters. Editors, YA and MG authors, and other literary agents give bonus tips and insights throughout the book as well. Kole reinforces everything she says by showing examples from popular YA and MG books. She gives plenty of time to both sections of the kidlits.

(Posted on 12/9/2012)

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