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Y is for “Young”
Book: Writing for Young Adults by Sherry Garland
My dice roll: 33
Lesson: Writing Series Fiction
Publishers of YA series try to appeal to the broadest audience possible. Ten tips are given for those braving this task:
1. Hook with an action, problem, or change in the opening.
2. End chapters on cliff-hangers.
3. Have believable dialog. Avoid slang because it gets dated. YA publishers tend to reject profanity.
4. Skip lots of description and dialog. Use verbs instead of adjectives and adverbs as often as possible.
5. Flashbacks should be avoided or kept short.
6. Use the five senses in every scene.
7. Moral lessons need to be subtle, not preachy.
8. Adults shouldn’t solve the story problems for teen protagonists.
9. No explicit sex.
10. Young readers want a protagonist that’s two or three years older than they are– thus narrowing down the age of your core audience.
Check out the current best-selling book series for young adults on Amazon.
Have you read any of these? If so, did it follow the 10 rules?
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