The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing for Young Adults

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This comprehensive guide introduces aspiring storytellers to the ins and outs of writing fiction and nonfiction for young adults. Information includes an overview of writing, from dialogue and point of view to plot, setting, and character construction; choosing an agent and publisher; marketing the finished work, and more. Written by an experienced author who has written, edited, and published books for young adults Features writing exercises, anecdotes, and insider information According to a 1998 survey report of the National Center for Education Statistics, young adults between the ages of 12 and 18 represent 25% of all public library patrons YA is a popular and lucrative genre for aspiring and seasoned authors alike, both in fiction and nonfiction
 

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User Review  - CyndiTefft - LibraryThing

This is really just a book on writing with a paragraph here and there about YA. I know it's "the idiot's guide" and all, but I was hoping for more of a teen focus. It's not that the content was bad ... Read full review

Contents

How to Begin
13
Plots in a Nutshell
25
The Importance of an Active Premise 3 7
37
Getting to Know Your Characters
45
Getting to Know Your Characters
46
The Core of the Story
57
Plots Till You Plotz
67
Try It Yourself
76
The Narrative Voice 13 3
135
Can We Talk? IM
142
Can We Talk?
145
NittyGritty Mechanics
157
The Writers Bible
167
Outlines That Work for You
177
Step Sheet Outlines
187
Revise Revise Revise
189

What It Is and How to Get It
77
More About Reading Level
82
Getting Practical
88
Where Are We and What Was
89
Setting a Scene
95
Where Do Ideas Come From?
101
Effective Endings
111
Work in Progress
121
The Narrative Voice
133
Advanced lass
199
Infusing Each Moment
209
The Underlying Message
217
Part k The Business of Writing
227
Finding the Perfect Agent and Publisher
239
Nonfiction for YA Readers
250
Appendixes
271
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About the author (2006)

Deborah Perlberg is a writer and editor who also teaches the art of writing juvenile fiction and creating submission packages that sell. She created the first course on Writing Children’s Books for the renowned Gotham Writers Workshop and has managed such best-selling YA series as The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley and Goosebumps. She has also acquired and edited several Nancy Drew Mysteries and The New Adventures of the Bobbsey Twins.

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