So, it’s been awhile. I cannot seem to get back into the grove of things. I plan to write a blog post I just… don’t. 🙂 Nonetheless, I have a book haul to share today so let’s get started!
Some of these I have shown, but I have been intending to write this post for several months (since May) I haven’t gotten any new writing books since may but since my first “book haul” I have gotten plenty more (until May.)
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.
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.
One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them. This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project.
Get schooled in the art of writing fiction for teens
Writing & Selling the YA Novel offers a complete lesson plan for writing and publishing fiction for teens. Structured like a day of high school, award-winning young adult novelist K.L. Going takes her students through every stage of YA writing.
Learn how the YA genre has developed in History class. Toss around ideas during Gym. Create authentic teen characters in “English class”. Craft convincing plots during Lunch. Add it all up in Math as you learn about agents and contracts. Along the way you’ll find plenty of “homework” exercises to help you hone your skills – as well as input from actual teen readers.
At the end of your school day, you’ll have all the knowledge a young adult author needs to write a book that speaks to teen readers – and get it published.
From the Hunger Games Trilogy to the Jack Reacher series, from Harry Potter to Harry Dresden, there’s no denying that writers–and readers–have caught series fever. But if you’re contemplating writing a series, there are plenty of considerations you’ll need to make first. Writing the Fiction Series is the complete guide to ensuring your series stays hot after the first, fourth, or even fifteenth book.
Inside, you’ll learn how to:
- Write a series that captures the hearts of readers and stands out in a sea of competition.
- Find the focus of your series, develop your idea, and plan ahead.
- Hone in on the two most important aspects of series writing: characters and consistency.
- Utilize a variety of series organization techniques, complete with downloadable worksheets and checklists.
- Market your series effectively and increase your sales.
With insights from nearly 100 series authors and publishers, as well as “Grow Your Series Muscles” exercises, Writing the Fiction Series is the only book you’ll need to write a series that sizzles.
Let outlines help you write a better book!
Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success will:
- Help you choose the right type of outline for you
- Guide you in brainstorming plot ideas
- Aid you in discovering your characters
- Show you how to structure your scenes
- Explain how to format your finished outline
- Instruct you in how to use your outline
- Reveal the benefits:
- Ensures cohesion and balance
- Prevents dead-end ideas
- Provides foreshadowing
- Offers assurance and motivation
- Dispel misconceptions:
- Requires formal formatting
- Limits creativity
- Robs the joy of discovery
- Takes too much time
When it comes to writing bestsellers, it’s all about the plot. Trouble is, plot is where most writers fall down–but you don’t have to be one of them. With this book, you’ll learn how to create stories that build suspense, reveal character, and engage readers–one scene at a time.
Celebrated writing teacher and author Martha Alderson has devised a plotting system that’s as innovative as it is easy to implement. With her foolproof blueprint, you’ll learn to devise a successful storyline for any genre. She shows how to:
- Use the power of the Universal Story
- Create plot lines and subplots that work together
- Effectively use a scene tracker for maximum impact
- Insert energetic markers at the right points in your story
- Show character transformation at the book’s climax
This is the ultimate guide for you to write page-turners that sell!
When it comes to writing bestsellers, it’s all about the plot. But creating a captivating storyline that mesmerizes your audience until the very end is easier said than done. With thousands of engaging books on the shelf, you’ll need to set yours apart by developing unique scenarios that leave readers wondering what happens next.
In this writing workbook, celebrated writing teacher and author Martha Alderson covers everything from constructing spirited action and compelling characters to establishing an unforgettable ending. She also walks you through the development of a successful narrative with exercises that:
- Help build suspense
- Incorporate effective subplots
- Tie up all the loose ends
- Keep the reader turning pages
Filled with essential advice and writing exercises, /The Plot Whisperer Workbook will quickly become your go-to guide for crafting a tale worthy of the bestseller list!
Writing a novel or screenplay sounds like a fabulous idea. But where do you start? And how do you finish? Award-winning author, Amy Deardon, answers these questions in The Story Template: Conquer Writer’s Block Using the Universal Structure of Story. This approach will help you focus your creativity and complete your unique and compelling story, script, or novel. With this tool and more than 100 targeted writing exercises, you will learn to: A Ascertain the four foundational story pillars, and use the “secret weapon” of the story template, to structure your story. B Build character depth with believable change. C Create subplots to raise tension while you deepen and contrast story themes. R Review writing techniques that shape your ideas into a compelling manuscript. The Story Template is a product of Amy’s comprehensive research-as well as her personal experience-for what makes a story “work.” No matter your level of accomplishment, this book will help you build a better story.
Well, that’s all. I have to go write now… Talk to you soon! -Jordan