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Writing Irresistible Kidlit : The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers - Mary Kole

Writing Irresistible Kidlit

The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers

By: Mary Kole

Paperback Published: 4th December 2012
ISBN: 9781599635767
Number Of Pages: 286

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Captivate the hearts and minds of young adult readers!

Writing for young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) audiences isn't just "kid's stuff" anymore--it's kidlit! The YA and MG book markets are healthier and more robust than ever, and that means the competition is fiercer, too. In Writing Irresistible Kidlit, literary agent Mary Kole shares her expertise on writing novels for young adult and middle grade readers and teaches you how to:

  • Recognize the differences between middle grade and young adult audiences and how it impacts your writing.
  • Tailor your manuscript's tone, length, and content to your readership.
  • Avoid common mistakes and cliches that are prevalent in YA and MG fiction, in respect to characters, story ideas, plot structure and more.
  • Develop themes and ideas in your novel that will strike emotional chords.

Mary Kole's candid commentary and insightful observations, as well as a collection of book excerpts and personal insights from bestselling authors and editors who specialize in the children's book market, are invaluable tools for your kidlit career.

If you want the skills, techniques, and know-how you need to craft memorable stories for teens and tweens, Writing Irresistible Kidlit can give them to you.

A Master Class in a Book


Jam packed with useful tips and great examples, this book is like a master class in a book. Carefully read, it will take aspiring and emerging kidlit writers to the next level. Highly recommended.

Brisbane, AU


Writing Irresistible Kidlit

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Forewardp. xv
Kidlit Market Overviewp. 1
Your Readersp. 2
Kidlit Thenp. 3
…and Kidlit Nowp. 4
Blockbuster Thinkingp. 5
The Popularity of Seriesp. 6
Changes and Opportunitiesp. 6
Choosing an Audiencep. 7
The Middle Grade Marketplacep. 8
The Young Adult Marketplacep. 12
Understanding Your Readerp. 15
The MG and YA Mindsetp. 16
Inside The Mind of Your Middle Grade Readerp. 16
Inside The Mind of Your Young Adult Readerp. 20
What's the Big Idea?p. 27
Originality and New Ideasp. 28
Defining Commercial Novelsp. 29
Loglines from the Shelvesp. 32
How I've been Baitedp. 36
Thinking Bigp. 36
Storytelling Foundationsp. 40
Starting a Storyp. 40
Balancing Action and Informationp. 49
Tense and POVp. 62
Characterp. 73
The Hero's Journey and Introducing a Characterp. 73
Make Me Care: Character Objective and Conflictp. 89
Sidekicks and Villains and Everyone in Betweenp. 113
Chapters, Scenes, and Beatsp. 130
Character Growth and Changep. 143
Plotp. 153
A Lesson in Plot Structurep. 153
Developing Stakes and Tensionp. 167
Using Backstory and Withholdingp. 179
Subplots and the Muddy Middlep. 188
The Climax and Endingp. 196
Advanced Kidlitp. 202
Imagery and Settingp. 202
Word Choice and Voicep. 218
Theme, Big Ideas, and Big Questionsp. 229
Authority and Authenticityp. 239
A Career in Kidlitp. 249
Getting a Literary Agentp. 249
Querying and Submitting Your Workp. 261
Conclusionp. 273
Indexp. 280
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ISBN: 9781599635767
ISBN-10: 1599635763
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 4th December 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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