Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Review: 'Writing Great Books for Young Adults' by Regina Brooks

Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal by Regina Brooks, 2009, Sourcebooks, $14.99, softbound, 191 pages. Category/Genre: writing how-to. Cover: fine. Where we got it: bought it. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

Brooks starts off by offering her five rules for engaging young adult readers, then moves on to topics such as story and characters. To help you come up with characters, she suggests writing a Want Ad for a particular type of person. 

She also helps writers understand and build plot, and choose a setting, timeline, and points of view. There's a chapter on dialogue, and also a bit about creating a satisfying end to your story. 

Brooks also goes over the ins and outs of getting your book published, how to contact agents, and how to format a submission. She reviews the publishing process 'at a glance,' and lists a number of children's book publishers.

All in all, a good book to have should you want to delve into the world of writing young adult books.

If you like this one, try: Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies, by Deborah Halverson. 

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