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Cheryl B. Klein

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Cheryl B. Klein is the author of two books for writers, The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults, which was published by W. W. Norton in September 2016, and Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults. Both books draw extensively on her long experience as an editor in children's and YA publishing. Among the books she has edited or co-edited are the New York Times bestselling Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older; A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award; Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens; The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg, winner of the ...more

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I started this blog on February 4, 2005; I'm closing it up today, May 8, 2016. The posts here will live on, but all future writing will happen at the new blog that now lives on my newly redesigned website:

http://www.cherylklein.com/blog/

Please point any remaining bookmarks over there. I also have a new monthly newsletter that contains many blog-like elements; to sign up for it, see the front p... Read more of this blog post »
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“Fiction has the incredible power to put readers into the lives and minds of characters whose backgrounds and natures are nothing like theirs, and create an empathy and understanding that readers can take into the real world.”
Cheryl B. Klein, The Magic Words

“A book is kind of like a good Horcrux, if we can imagine that -- a piece of the writer's soul, preserved in a physical object for all time, and changing the lives of all those who come in contact with it.”
Cheryl B. Klein, Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”
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“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.”
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