October 7th 2014 by Sourcebooks
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Writing books for adults is quite a different animal than writing for younger markets-- not easier, but very different! Brooks very clearly delineates some of these important differences, and then goes on to give good advice about writing in general. I thought that chapter on dialogue was particularly helpful-- there are a lot of established authors who could learn not to info dump and slow down the plot in the name of dialogue!
While the general information on writing is good, the parts of this book that will be most useful revolve around the publishing process-- editing, getting an agent and finding a publisher. It seems to me that the most difficult part of the entire book process is probably finding an agent!
This new edition of Writing Great Books for Young Adults will certainly be a big help in figuring out how to construct and market a books for the YA market, but it falls a little short if the information is applied to middle grade books, since the emphasis seems to be writing more literary books that might win awards. I'm curious to see if there is a book geared toward writing middle grade books.
About the Author: Regina L. Brooks is the founder of Serendipity Literary Agency and has been developing award-winning authors and books for over a decade. She has been highlighted in several national and international magazines and periodicals, including Poets and Writers, Essence, Writer’s Digest, and Sister2Sister, Forbes, Media Bistro, Ebony, and Jet. She lives in New York City.
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This is a timely read for http://nanowrimo.org!