Edit Your Own Young Adult Novel

With dozens of examples from young adult books and movies, this book will show you how to slash and burn backstory, balance your story structure and deliver a brilliant ending your readers will adore.

Author: Ebony McKenna


ISBN: 0995383979

Category: Reference

Page: 192

View: 607


You've written a sensational Young Adult manuscript. Now you need to edit it and turn it into a great novel. Author of seven young adult novels, Ebony McKenna will give you the tools you need to become objective about your own work. With dozens of examples from young adult books and movies, this book will show you how to slash and burn backstory, balance your story structure and deliver a brilliant ending your readers will adore.

Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies

Get ready to write — get the scoop on everything you need to know before you begin writing, like pinpointing your audience, finding an angle that'll make your story stand out, and making use of outlines What a novel concept — find out ...

Author: Deborah Halverson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118092903

Category: Reference

Page: 384

View: 518


Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fiction With young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene, aspiring YA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested in writing a young adult novel, but aren't sure how to fit the style that appeals to young readers? Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies gives you tricks of the trade and proven tips on all the steps to write a YA book, from developing an idea to publication. Unique writing exercises to help you find your own authentic teen voice Tips to avoid when submitting manuscripts How to break into the flourishing young adult market With the help of this step-by-step guide, you'll have all the skills to write an inspiring and marketable young adult novel.

Adaptation in Young Adult Novels

to actively change the plot, he tells her that the story can't be different, “[b]ecause Shakespeare didn't write it ... want by waiting or wishing, and she advises her readers, “You have to pick up a quill and write your own damn story.

Author: Dana E. Lawrence

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501361784

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Adaptation in Young Adult Novels argues that adapting classic and canonical literature and historical places engages young adult readers with their cultural past and encourages them to see how that past can be rewritten. The textual afterlives of classic texts raise questions for new readers: What can be changed? What benefits from change? How can you, too, be agents of change? The contributors to this volume draw on a wide range of contemporary novels – from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and Megan Shepherd's Madman's Daughter trilogy to Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones – adapted from mythology, fairy tales, historical places, and the literary classics of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, among others. Unpacking the new perspectives and critiques of gender, sexuality, and the cultural values of adolescents inherent to each adaptation, the essays in this volume make the case that literary adaptations are just as valuable as original works and demonstrate how the texts studied empower young readers to become more culturally, historically, and socially aware through the lens of literary diversity.

Get Started in Writing Young Adult Fiction

Make a list of three pros for each when it comes to your specific novel. My advice to anyone considering self-publishing is that you should treat it as if you are running your own small business. You need to hire an editor and a ...

Author: Juliet Mushens

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473607088

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Learn how to write young adult fiction with imagination and verve. This is an authoritative and engaging introduction to writing young adult fiction for the complete beginner. It will help you understand how the genre works, the big do's and don't's - as well as giving you the inspiration and motivation you actually need to write. Written by a leading literary agent who knows what it takes to make it in this market, this book will give you the advice and tips you need to stand out. An essential book for anyone hoping to emulate the success and addictive qualities that characterize books like The Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Fix Your Damn Book

The subplots should each have their own color, and they should also create seven circles each, weaving in and out of the ... before you tackle your own manuscript, I highly recommend giving it a go with your favorite Young Adult book.

Author: James Osiris Baldwin

Publisher: Gift Horse Productions

ISBN: 9780994407023

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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Have you finished a novel manuscript? Wondering what to do next? Fix Your Damn Book! is a self-help manual for writers who have finished a manuscript – a novel, novella, short story, or serial – and who want to self-edit their work to a professional standard and get it on the market. In this instructional and occasionally hilarious book, James Osiris Baldwin – an author and editor with over 8 years of experience as a freelance and staff editor – explains his technique for painlessly and successfully polishing your manuscript to a perfect glow. Fix Your Damn Book! will: • Introduce you to the seven essential components of successful editing; • Help you get in the right headspace to edit your own work; • Teach you to objectively diagnose problems in your manuscript; • Walk you through the secrets of developmental editing and line editing; • Teach you hacks for sharpening your story, character, and dialogue; • Guide you through copy-editing and grammar, including a copy-editing essentials checklist; • Give you guidelines on recruiting and making the most out of your first readers; • Cover proofreading and publishing. You will also find a special section on writing and editing query letters, advice on developing characters and stories, a list of the best software to help you write and edit, and much more! If you want to write faster, edit stronger, master the craft of storytelling, and ensure your book is something to be proud of before you put it on the market, Fix Your Damn Book! is the how-to book for you.

The Am ricas Award

Honoring Latino/a Children's and Young Adult Literature of the Americas Laretta Henderson ... Such books underscore the importance of stepping outside your own cultural group to learn more about those around you.

Author: Laretta Henderson

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498501613

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 273


This edited volume performs a critical analysis of the Américas Award, issues related to the content of the award-winning and honored books, and the contexts in which the books are used. It includes chapters by key scholars in the areas of youth literature in English, English Education, Library and Information Science, and Ethnic Studies.

Literature for Young Adults

They may use published scripts such as those created by Barchers and Kroll (2002), or they can create their own scripts by choosing scenes from young adult novels. activity for dramaticimagination. Students can develop their dramatic ...

Author: Joan L. Knickerbocker

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351813037

Category: Education

Page: 456

View: 305


Young adults are actively looking for anything that connects them with the changes happening in their lives, and the books discussed throughout Literature for Young Adults have the potential to make that connection and motivate them to read. It explores a great variety of works, genres, and formats, but it places special emphasis on contemporary works whose nontraditional themes, protagonists, and literary conventions make them well suited to young adult readers. It also looks at the ways in which contemporary readers access and share the works they're reading, and it shows teachers ways to incorporate nontraditional ways of accessing and sharing books throughout their literature programs. In addition to traditional genre chapters, Literature for Young Adults includes chapters on literary nonfiction; poetry, short stories, and drama; cover art, picture books, illustrated literature, and graphic novels; and film. It recognizes that, while films can be used to complement print literature, they are also a literacy format in their own right-and one that young adults are particularly familiar and comfortable with. The book's discussion of literary language--including traditional elements as well as metafictive terms--enables readers to share in a literary conversation with their students (and others) when communicating about books. It will help readers teach young adults the language they need to articulate their responses to the books they are reading.

Just Enough to Make a Story

Someone said of a certain writer of young adult novels that she wrote dialogue not the way teenagers talk , but the way they like to ... December 1990 , has a series of articles on researching tales from cultures other than your own .

Author: Nancy Schimmel

Publisher: Sisters' Choice

ISBN: 093216403X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 57

View: 928


Offers advice on selecting material, preparing oneself and the audience, and presenting stories

The Book The Young Adult s Guide to Life

When you find out how much money you need, make a plan to meet your obligations each month. If you don't have enough money, ... Give yourself a pedicure, color your own hair, maintain your own lawn and change your own oil.

Author: M Osterhoudt

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781304300775

Category: Juvenile Fiction


View: 797


This reference was written as my children become adults to refer back to in my absence. It’s the important stuff. The “Do as I say, not as I do” and “Learn from my mistakes” guide to life. Included in this ebook version of “The Book” is advice on God, Money, Marriage, Health, Helping Others, Working, Attitude and More. Also included is a guide to budgeting, happiness and an overexposure to social networking.

Make Your Story a Movie

Still, there are those who've successfully adapted their own works. Hensleigh aims to be among them, and is currently working on a series of young adult novels which he then plans to adapt. (For details on how he intends to give the ...

Author: John Robert Marlow

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781250017871

Category: Reference

Page: 320

View: 778


$50 Billion of Advice in One Book* Have you ever wondered why some books and stories are adapted into movies, and others aren't? Or wished you could sit down and pick the brains of the people whose stories have been adapted--or the screenwriters, producers, and directors who adapted them? Author John Robert Marlow has done it for you. He spoke to book authors, playwrights, comic book creators and publishers, as well as Hollywood screenwriters, producers and directors responsible for adapting fictional and true stories into Emmy-winning TV shows, Oscar-winning films, billion-dollar megahits and smaller independents. Then he talked to the entertainment attorneys who made the deals. He came away with a unique understanding of adaptations--an understanding he shares in this book: which stories make good source material (and why); what Hollywood wants (and doesn't); what you can (and can't) get in a movie deal; how to write and pitch your story to maximize the chances of a Hollywood adaptation--and how much (and when) you can expect to be paid. *This book contains the distilled experience of creators, storytellers and others whose works have earned over $50 billion worldwide. Whether you're looking to sell film rights, adapt your own story (alone or with help), or option and adapt someone else's property--this book is for you.

How to Turn Poems Lyrics Folklore into Salable Children s Books

Page length refers to the book when published. Teen or young adult novels run about 35,000 to 40,000 words. Design your own book cover. Scan it and turn it into a digital photo with a resolution of 300 dpi saved as a .tiff file.

Author: Anne Hart

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781462065189

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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Do you want to adapt your poem to a storybook that tells a story in words, and pictures-or only amplify the images that you create with words? Would you rather turn your poem into a picture book that tells a story with pictures? Will words take second place to illustrations? Decide first whether you will write a story book or a picture book. Then use the images in your poem to clarify your writing. You won't be able to read a picture book into a tape recorder or turn it into an audio book or radio play. You will be able to narrate a word book for audio playing. Start with an inspirational poem, proverb, or song lyrics. Ask children what makes them laugh. You can make something out of nothing. You can make a story out of anything intangible, such as an idea with a plan still in your mind. Capture your children's dreams, proverbs, song lyrics, and the surprise elements that make them laugh. Record imagination, "what-if" talk, and personal history. A folktale or story is something that could come from any place in the past, from science, or from nothing that you can put your hands on. What children want in a book, poem, or folklore is a cave where they can go to be themselves. When suspending belief, children still want to be themselves as they navigate fantasy. The story book becomes a den or tree house where children can go inside, shut the door, and play. Introduce children to poetry by showing how you transform your poem into a children's book by expanding and emphasizing significant events in the life story of one child. Poems, memorable experiences, significant life events or turning points are all ways to make something out of nothing tangible. You begin re-working a concept, framework, or vision. Here's how to write, publish, and promote salable material from concept to framework to poem to children's book-step-by-step.

Teaching Young Adult Literature

decides to act like a heroine in a romance novel. Norah's missteps in this role create an endearing romantic comedy with numerous references to other young adult novels. Perfect Strangers (Malcolm, 2004) pits classmates Madison and ...

Author: Thomas W. Bean

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483309262

Category: Education

Page: 368

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Teaching Young Adult Literature: Developing Students As World Citizens (by Thomas W. Bean, Judith Dunkerly-Bean, and Helen Harper) is a middle and secondary school methods text that introduces pre-service teachers in teacher credential programs and in-service teachers pursuing a Masters degree in Education to the field of young adult literature for use in contemporary contexts. The text introduces teachers to current research on adolescent life and literacy; the new and expanding genres of young adult literature; teaching approaches and practical strategies for using young adult literature in English and Language Arts secondary classrooms and in Content Area Subjects (e.g. History); and ongoing social, political and pedagogical issues of English and Language Arts classrooms in relation to contemporary young adult literature.

The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Authors

In 1980, she moved to Scholastic Book Services as a copywriter for the Teen Age Book Club. She later became an associate editor, then an editor. From 1983 to 1985, she was senior editor for Bantam's Books for Young Readers, ...

Author: Bernard Alger Drew

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 9781563086151

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 531

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Offers brief biographies, annotated listings of each author's works, and suggestions for additional reading

The Young Adult s Guide to Flawless Writing

With the success of the Harry Potter series and her own “rags to riches” story, J.K. Rowling's writing career portrays a triumph of poverty, manuscript rejections, and tragic losses in her life. This edit not only livens up the language ...

Author: Lindsey Carman

Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.

ISBN: 9781601389817

Category: Reference

Page: 384

View: 701


The most important skill you can have in any field or subject is the ability to express yourself with eloquence and confidence in writing. The tools and rules needed are simple and easy to remember. Learn everything you need to know to write engaging and informative essays, stories and research papers. Find ways to take the writing skills you have learned in school and apply them to real world tasks, be they work related or personal.

The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children s and Young Adult Literature

4 Choose a story from Sharon Flake's Who am I Without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in their Lives that made you think about a situation in your own life differently. Freewrite about what aspects of the story spoke to you ...

Author: Karen Coats

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472575562

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 456

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From Maria Edgeworth, Dr Seuss and Lewis Carroll to Sherman Alexie, Sharon Flake, and Gene Luen Yang, this is a comprehensive introduction to studying the infinitely varied worlds of literature for children and young adults. Exploring a diverse range of writing, The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children's and Young Adult Literature includes: - Chapters covering key genres and forms from fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to picture books, graphic novels and fairy tales - A history of changing ideas of childhood and adolescence - Coverage of psychological, educational and literary theoretical approaches - Practical guidance on researching, reading and writing about children's and young adult literature - Explorations of children's and young adult film, TV and new media In addition, “Extending Your Study” sections at the end of each chapter provide advice on further reading, writing, discussion and online resources as well as case study responses from writers and teachers in the field. Accessibly written for both students new to the subject and experienced teachers, this is the most comprehensive single volume introduction to the study of writing for young people.

The Magic Words Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults

We'll discuss structures and techniques for carrying these feats off within your own novel, and we'll look at some of the particular requirements of writing for a younger audience. I've worked as an editor in children's and young adult ...

Author: Cheryl Klein

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393292251

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

View: 138


This master class in writing children’s and young adult novels will teach you everything you need to know to write and publish a great book. The best children’s and young adult novels take readers on wonderful outward adventures and stirring inward journeys. In The Magic Words, editor Cheryl B. Klein guides writers on an enjoyable and practical-minded voyage of their own, from developing a saleable premise for a novel to finding a dream agent. She delves deep into the major elements of fiction—intention, character, plot, and voice—while addressing important topics like diversity, world-building, and the differences between middle-grade and YA novels. In addition, the book’s exercises, questions, and straightforward rules of thumb help writers apply these insights to their own creative works. With its generous tone and useful tools for story analysis and revision, The Magic Words is an essential handbook for writers of children’s and young adult fiction.

The State of Play

I put a desk in, taped pictures of new lovers to the walls, and scribbled in my journal, safe in the teenwitch ... I was looking for something to make Choose Your Own Adventurestyle games, those being the branching Young Adult novels I ...

Author: Daniel Goldberg

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 9781609806408

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 192

View: 546


FEATURING: IAN BOGOST - LEIGH ALEXANDER - ZOE QUINN - ANITA SARKEESIAN & KATHERINE CROSS - IAN SHANAHAN - ANNA ANTHROPY - EVAN NARCISSE - HUSSEIN IBRAHIM - CARA ELLISON & BRENDAN KEOGH - DAN GOLDING - DAVID JOHNSTON - WILLIAM KNOBLAUCH - MERRITT KOPAS - OLA WIKANDER The State of Play is a call to consider the high stakes of video game culture and how our digital and real lives collide. Here, video games are not hobbies or pure recreation; they are vehicles for art, sex, and race and class politics. The sixteen contributors are entrenched—they are the video game creators themselves, media critics, and Internet celebrities. They share one thing: they are all players at heart, handpicked to form a superstar roster by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, the authors of the bestselling Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything. The State of Play is essential reading for anyone interested in what may well be the defining form of cultural expression of our time. "If you want to explain to anyone why videogames are worth caring about, this is a single volume primer on where we are, how we got here and where we're going next. In every way, this is the state of play." —Kieron Gillen, author of The Wicked + the Divine, co-founder of Rock Paper Shotgun

2011 Children s Writer s And Illustrator s Market

... Executive Editor (picture book, middle grade, YA); Rachel Griffiths, Editor: Jennifer Rees, Associate Editor (picture ... 1% of books by first-time authors. ... Revise, rewrite, rework and find your own voice, style and subject.

Author: Alice Pope

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599634265

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 440

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Now includes a subscription to CWIM online (the children’s publishing area of writersmarket.com). The 2011 CWIM offers more than 650 listings for book publishers, magazines, agents, art reps and more. It’s completely updated and is the most trusted source for children’s publishing information. CWIM also contains exclusive interviews with and articles by well-respected and award-winning authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals as well as nuts-and-bolts how-to information. Readers will learn what to do, how to do it, and get loads of information and inspiration.

Writing Great Books for Young Adults

As you edit a manuscript, use your word processor's find-and-replace (a.k.a. search-and-destroy) function to ... Reading a variety of young adult fiction will give you a broader understanding of what is being written and how other ...

Author: Regina L Brooks

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402247743

Category: Reference

Page: 208

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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 Books for Young Adults gives writers the advice they need to tap this incredible market. Topics covered include: Listening to the voices of youth Meeting your young protagonist Developing a writing style Constructing plots Trying on points of view Agent Regina Brooks has developed award-winning authors across the YA genre, including a Coretta Scott King winner. She attends more than 20 conferences each year, meeting with authors and teaching.

Teen Library Events

We're very excited about showcasing the best in teen literature at ( Name of your libraryl and hope you'll encourage your students to visit us and check out what we have to offer . [ If you're offering the Make Your Own Best Book ...

Author: Kirsten Edwards

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313314829

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 166

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For both new and experienced young adult librarians with little time to plan and execute programs for teens, this book does not simply highlight established programs, but provides invaluable blueprints for teen library events. For each month of the calendar year, two or three popular programs--ranging from a poetry contest to a summer job program--are presented with instructions, sample flyers, and checklists, along with instructions for ongoing procedures soliciting teens' opinions, such as a monthly question board and running a Teen Advisory. Includes booktalks and ideas for working with and marketing your programs to schools and the community.