Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Getting Published
Break into the Bestselling Young Adult Market with this IndispensableGuide!
Whether you're just getting started or are on the hunt foran agent or publisher, Writing Great Books for Young Adults is your completeinsider source on how to succeed in the flourishing world of YA fiction andnonfiction. In this updated and revised edition, veteran literary agent ReginaL. Brooks o...more
The first part of the book I kept thinking this was for all those people who at close of Twilight thought, "I could do that, and be ...more
Some head-scratchers: Brooks incorrectly refers to a present participle in the progressive tense as a gerund and makes the all-too-common mistake of advising that firs ...more
This book has a lot of annoying exercises which are more for someone who has zero inkling of what they want to do with a YA novel. I guess that's hedging bets for the audience of the book, but it winds up forcing someone who has an existing idea to have to skip around in the text to make the most of what's here/ unnecessary.
There is good, general literary stuff here (list of conflicts, character types, etc), as well as a good section on thinking about litera ...more
Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: NetGalley
If you are someone who loves to write and would enjoy possible writing some Young Adult fiction, I would recommend Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. I love reading YA books, and writing is also one of my hobbies, so I was really excited to read this book. Regina Brooks breaks the book up in different chapters with each one focusing on a different aspect of writing ...more
Not every rule about writing YA fiction is unanimous or clear-cut and there is some stuff in here I disagree with. Yes, YA is generally read by people 12 ...more
Thanks to netgalley for the read in exchange for my honest review.
I would recommend reading this book before starting your first YA novel. Although I found that some of the tips were still helpful after completing my first manuscript, I feel it would have been more beneficial before hand. I ...more
A major issue I had with the book was how little respect the author seems to have for young readers. Respect for th ...more
I really thought this book woul ...more
I really took my time reading this book because there was SO much valuable information on each page. I teach middle school language arts, so I really did not expect to learn much in this area. Yes, I was full of hubris. I admit it. I spend entire units te ...more
My interest in this book originally came from a few different places. I have an aspiring writer in my immediate family, a friend studying YA fiction at the graduate level, and an acquaintance who is already a published YA author. I wanted to learn about their field, but this book didn't really teach me anything I didn't already know. The first 10 chapters are just basic story-craft. If you have never stud ...more
I recently have been doing lots of research on writing fiction. I looked at books on plot, structure and point of view, but I didn’t think about looking for one in the genre I was writing. I really didn’t find one that totally connected with me until I came across this title.
I knew that I wanted to write a YA novel for some time, but didn’t realize that there was so much I didn’t know about what goes into it!
This book is a great guide as well as introduction in ...more