Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults
In this collection of talks, a professional editor offers insights from the other side of the publishing desk on a wide range of writerly topics:
* Terrific first lines and ho...more
On the good side:
It's absolutely chock full of stellar advice. Klein brings an obvious wealth of experience to the table and she shares in gems of solid detail, instead of the often useless generalities found in similar books. Almost everything she has to say is of worth to writers of all stripes, not just YA writers.
On the bad side:
I found myself continually frustrated by the lack of organization in the presentation of the material. The chapte ...more
1. Concrete examples from real life. Too often, I read articles or even full-length t ...more
I admit that I have not yet read this book IN AND OF ITSELF. But Cheryl is one of my best friends, and I have been reading her writing for years, and have been party to the very wonderfully painstaking work she put into the production of this book. It only takes knowing Cheryl to know that this is something that does exactly what it claims to do, that it has true value, that it is worth ...more
I'm planning to use it in a class I am teaching at the University of Washington this spring and am confident my students will benefit enormously.
Several years ago, The Professor (my fiancée) introduced me to children’s book editor Cheryl B. Klein’s blog, where I discovered several years’ worth of thoughtful, analytical, and insightful talks she has given on the craft of writing and its intersection with the craft of editing. Having found her thoughts interesting, I was excited to learn that Kle ...more
If you've already learned the basics (and then some) of writing philosophy and craft and want that next step up, y ...more
Cheryl Klein's "Second Sight" is a wel ...more
At first I was a little disappointed to read in the introduction that there would be quite a bit of repetition -- and please excuse it -- because I thought, 'If anyone can turn a se ...more
My main bief was the fact that it consists of transcripts of lectures the author has given, meaning there's overlap on several occasions and a noticeable lack of structure throughout the book.
Ms Klein can write and she can edit, that's for sure. Her advice on editing itself (the so called TRUCK meth ...more
It took me a bit of time to get through it, but that’s because I took my time. I read 5-10 pages at a time and put it aside. I let my mind mull over what I read and how it impacted my manuscript.
Ms. Klein writes in a practical, user-friendly style. You feel like she is sp ...more
Most of this book's focus is on YA and children's books, which I neither read nor write. Because of this focus, many of the provided examples didn't quite work for me. For instance, I can really only tolerate the zombified versions of Jane Austen's work. And I never read Harry Potter (nor do I ever intend to), so all the author's praise for that series falls flat, and I ended up skimming and skipping most of her analysis about the excerpts she used. ...more
I still have those when I learn something new that is going to advance my art or story craft.
Cheryl B. Klein’s book, Second Sight An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults contains a broad collection of techniques that fine tune the art of writing. These editing tools are universal – you d ...more
1. I am very pleased to hear that your book is carried through emotions and character. So although there are lots of rules you could follow if you want to, the good news is that the most important thing is to pour out your emotions into the story and see where it leads.
2. Following on from that, do it your way but be aware that there are lots of steps you could follow in revising your manuscript to make it submission ready and Che ...more
Ms. Klein's book is a collection of her talks that she has delivered at writing conferences across the United States. There are no wasted pages or words in this boo ...more
Anyone interested in writing books for children or wanting to know more about how they are successfully writt ...more
And "digest" is certainly the right word. There's a lot of information packed into this book, and I found myself having to take breaks between each section to let my mind really absorb what I was reading. It's a book I know I will return to time and time a ...more
The one fault I think is noteworthy is repetition of ideas and concepts. This is a collection of lectures, speeches, and blog posts, and some of the points are repeated, sometimes even three times. This leads to skimming, which is never a good thing for an author. Overa ...more