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Wild Ink : Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  34 reviews
What do you need to know to break in to the flourishing young adult (YA) market? With humor and a solid grounding in reality, author Victoria Hanley helps readers understand the ins and outs of the YA genre, how to stay inspired, and how to avoid common mistakes writers make in trying to reach teens. This book includes unique writing exercises to help readers find their ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 350 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Prufrock Press Inc. (first published June 1st 2008)
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John
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
If you want to know Hanley's advice for writing for teens, I can pretty much sum it up in a single sentence: Write for adults, but throw a coming-of-age element into the mix. There! That's basically it. The rest of the book pertains to any writer looking to attract a wide audience, not just to writers of YA. The writing advice Hanley gives seems geared toward very new writers, and I didn't find it particularly helpful (Seriously, defining genres like "mystery," "horror" and "sci-fi" is a ...more
Lacey Librarian
I decided to read this book in between revisions of my current young adult novel as I gave myself my typical "rest" between drafts or writing projects. It ended up being a good decision -- now that I'm finished with the book, I'm energized and excited to dive into the next draft.Victoria Hanley's voice and expertise make this an accessible, encouraging, and enlightening read. It's down-to-earth and honest about the challenges of publishing without coming across as defeatist. And unlike some ...more
Rose
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Probably right at 3.5 stars. I liked "Wild Ink" quite a bit for what it offers. I think for a beginning writer, everything that you need in brief touches on the art of writing for YA market is right at your fingertips here. There are breakdowns of the different genres you can write in, there are notes about what you should do with critique and how to keep pressing forward when you hit roadblocks in your writing. There are touches upon when to show and how to tell, and certainly useful ...more
thelastword
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Some of the advice is solid. But sometimes Hanley presented a question and answered with an 'I don't know'. While it's nice to be honest, it's not the desired answer in a book that promises answers.

The writing exercises don't break new ground. One particular exercise prompted me try and shrivel the book with a withering glare - to summarize: imagine an animal, stone and plant seperately. Write what you know/feel about them and then research them. Now imagine them together. Now make up what this
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Dark Viper
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
very good
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Victoria Hanley's Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market is an excellent resource for aspiring writers and those individuals simply curious to learn more about the ever-growing YA market. In a clear, concise manner, Hanley uses her own personal experience as a published author as well as Q&As with literary agents, editors and other authors in explaining all the steps from deciding to write a book to the ultimate accomplishment after arduous efforts, ...more
Laura
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
After writing my first book, I started several other novels but nothing came of them and I found myself a little lost, until I started finding myself drawn more and more toward YA. I eventually started a YA novel, but I've encountered several obstacles. When I was offered to review Wild Ink, I jumped at the chance because it's just what I've been looking for.

I've read many good books on novel writing, but this one is geared for writers who want to break into the ever so popular YA genre. It's
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Lacey Louwagie
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: writing
I decided to read this book in between revisions of my current young adult novel as I gave myself my typical "rest" between drafts or writing projects. It ended up being a good decision -- now that I'm finished with the book, I'm energized and excited to dive into the next draft.

Victoria Hanley's voice and expertise make this an accessible, encouraging, and enlightening read. It's down-to-earth and honest about the challenges of publishing without coming across as defeatist. And unlike some
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Andrew
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
The second edition of Wild Ink provides approximately 200 pages of valuable information about writing for the young adult market – covering areas such as selecting topic and tone, understanding genres, marketing your book to a publisher OR choosing to publish independently, and other topics that are applicable to ALL writers, not just YA authors. The author, Victoria Hanley, also recognizes that non-fiction is also an area that YA writers AND YA readers are interested in, and unlike most such ...more
Annette
I have no intention of ever writing a book. And Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market hasn't changed my mind. But, for someone who is interested in exploring the possibility of writing, Wild Ink has a lot of helpful and inspirational information.

Victoria Hanley spends time on all the parts of the novel (and also a chapter on non-fiction writing.) Each discussion contains example quotes from popular, current YA fiction. Hunger Games and Pride and Prejudice
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Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Ever wonder what it takes to become a YA author? How about learning about the publishing process? Maybe you just want to know more about what it takes to be a better writer. Well, if any of those apply to you-- Wild Ink is for you.

This is not my normal type of book for review, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read this one. Yes, I was interested into learning more about the publishing process for books. I mean, who doesn't have that dream, right? But what I really wanted was insight
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Moonlight Gleam
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market is a great book for writers that have just entered or want to enter the Young Adult genre. The synopsis describes the book perfectly as the book offers exactly all the elements mentioned and more.

My favorite aspect of Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market is how the book is not only geared towards authors wanting to enter the Young Adult market, but how it also offers a wide
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Peggy Tibbetts
Billed as a second edition, “Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing for the Young Adult Market” is for advanced YA writers, and “Wild Ink: How to Write Fiction for Young Adults” (first edition) is for beginning YA writers. In the first edition award-winning author and writing instructor Victoria Hanley tells you how to get started. In the second edition she tells you how to keep going. Hanley uses examples from the classic “Pride and Prejudice” and the popular bestseller “The Hunger ...more
Sarah Brubaker
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, writing
Victoria Hanley wrote one of my favorite writing books when I was in middle school, Seize the Story, so I was pleasantly surprised when I unintentionally was drawn to another one of her writing books. It was easy to maneuver through the clearly-labeled sections to skip to the parts I was most interested in, and the writing style is casual and fun to read.
I especially appreciated the interviews with people who work in the publishing business.
My absolute favorite line from the book, and possibly
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Kelly
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
We were so excited to win this book on a GoodReads giveaway! My teenage daughter couldn't wait to receive it in the mail. When we opened the book, we were impressed immediately by all the detailed information inside concerning how to write a good young adult book. There were some wonderful ideas that my daughter will be putting to use very soon. It is set up in an easy-to-read and understand format. The author included personal stories in the book about when she was publishing the first and ...more
Mary
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT
For those of us who harbor a secret wish to someday write a book specifically for the young adult market that is so popular these days, this book will give you a good head start. If you are not sure which direction you want to go in, there are descriptions of the most popular genres and how to market to those categories. There are exercises that will develop your skills even if you have no idea where to start. This is a valuable source for any author of any skill. I thought
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Zann
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing
This book has a lot of information on writing specifically for the young adult audience as well as excellent info on writing in general. The main focus is on YA though, as it should be.
I found the book to be very helpful and it clarified some writing principles for me that I previously couldn't quite wrap my mind around.
In addition the book is very readable and entertaining, with examples ranging from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books and even Suzanne
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Victoria
Jul 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, but something about this book missed the mark for me. I'd have to say it's a great book for aspiring authors who don't yet know much about writing or publishing.

Covers the basics of characters, voice, and plot; how to overcome doubt, get past lack of time or inspiration, and accept constructive criticism; advice on submitting a manuscript and getting published. It's short, friendly, readable and concise but very elementary. Also has nearly 100 pages of Q&A with successful
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Alexandra
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Truthfully, I didn't finish the entire book yet because I'm saving some of the author interviews & tips on submitting your manuscript & marketing your book for later use. But after reading most of the book as well as skimming the previously mentioned sections, I really enjoyed the advice & some of the words of inspiration Victoria Hanley offered. It's a book I'll definitely go back & make notes in throughout my writing process.
Nickey
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book gives a great overview of how to continue after writing the first half of a manuscript and how to go over from writing to editing, how to query, approach publishing and what happens on the way between sending a query and holding a finished copy of a book.
I wish it had had a few more practical tips on how to actually formulate a pitch and query letter but I guess that was not the purpose of the book.
Further reading is recommended.
Dana M.
Unfortunately, I'm out of renewals on this book. I read through large chunks of it, particularly the pages where writers of contemporary YA offered their advice. I hope to check this book out again soon.
Michelle
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read for helping beginners like myself. It gives helpful suggestions on how to write your novel and how to get your character's voice, among other things. If you are looking for a book that will give sound advice on how to get started writing for young adults, this book would be a good one.
Jillian
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wild Ink offers chapters of advice on YA writing and publishing alongside many interviews with agents, publishers, and authors at different stages of the process. Much of the advice I’d read or heard before, but it’s presented well and there were definitely some ideas worth noting.
Cynthia
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have referred to this book many times.
Kris
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome advice about how to write a solid YA book.
Marcy Weydemuller
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
Will be posting this on my Reading for Craft column today. A must read for any one writing or teaching YA's. Her material also applies for any writer looking how to develop a voice.
Scott Gray
Just got this for my bday, so gonna start reading it real soon
Ashley (Bookaholics Anonymous)
May 11, 2012 marked it as books-i-own-not-read
So I received this book for review. I thought it sounded pretty interesting, and since I'm kind of wanting to learn the ins and outs of writing and everything with it I thought why not give it a try.
Lu
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The material applied to all writing, including middle grade. It helped me look at my manuscript and make some needed changes.
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