Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal
From a top young adult literary agent, the only guide on how to write for young adults
With an 87 percent increase in the number of titles published in the last two years, the young adult market is one of the healthiest segments in the industry. Despite this, little has been written to help authors hone their craft to truly connect with this audience. Writing Great Boo...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
It’s clear Brooks knows the business half of YA.
I wish the book had been focused on the publication process and her advice for querying an agent and polishing manuscripts instead of dedicating over half of it to her writing advice.
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
Don't get me wrong. The information is all very valuable, an ...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
A major issue I had with the book was how little respect the author seems to have for young readers. Respect for th ...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
Thanks to netgalley for the read in exchange for my honest review.
Some reviews on this have said she was guilty of encouraging authors to baby teen readers. I think she was trying to be realistic about the psychological development of teens. This ...more
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
Although I picked up a few useful pointers, and a couple of things I hadn't thought about before, on the whole I found it a mind-numbing experience to plough through endless rules and lists and must remembers and tips. Fine to dip in and out of, but as a whole it actually put me off writing rather than inspiring me. Everything w ...more
I'd suggest, don't use it as gospel but as a building block to helping you understand and learn, and continue to read more, non just non fiction, how-to books, but everything. And as is stated in here, read everything you can by other authors that write ...more