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Ers a lot of advice that isn t just relevant to YA and MG authors I had the dubious honor of receiving one of Ms Kole s form rejections last summer And after finishing this book I know why In the second to last chapter she discusses ueriessubmissions And to *uote her if you re only getting form *her If you re only getting form something s not working and I m betting it s your writing sample Yes your writing sample Not your uery as so many writers hope We can overlook a heinous uery if the writing is brilliant but never the other way aroun This was such a great resource and was an insightful guide for writing KidLit I wish there wasn t swearing which took me a bit to hurdle through but the xamples she gave through literature that was on the market today and the way she xplained how to craft Literature geared towards kids was superb It confirmed what I was doing and helped me to achieve things I never truly considered thoroughly This is a thorough top things I never truly considered thoroughly This is a thorough top writer s guide Mary Kole brings years of solid xperience and insight to the art of writing literature for younger audiences She highlights specific kid lit categories and shows how to craft stories that meet their criteria In terms of characterization plotting tone length tc she shows what to do as well as what not to do in order to make your writing stand out in a very competitive market Highly recommended The title promises a lot and the author is certainly ualified with a background in writing publishing and actingThe first and last chapters are all about the publishing industry so the title should really say something about writing AND PUBLISHING kidlit Actually this dates the book somewhat with the assumption that veryone is still interested in the traditional publishing route completely putting aside that a lot of new writers will have decided to self publish But Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice even if you do prefer the traditional route if you re a regular reader of the biggest publishing blogs these chapters may not offer muchThe rest of the book might offer a lot if this were the first book on writing that you dver read and Ok THIS is an awesome book There is advice here for any writer who is seeking to WRITE young adult or middle grade fiction I En plein coeur emphasize write because so many books now focus on publishing promoting platform marketing pitchingtc The Bookshop on the Shore etc ETC This book however focuses solely on writ. D teaches you how toRecognize 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 Develop themes and ideas in your novel that will strikemotional chordsM. Wow Like the title states

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really is The Guide for writing kidlit A few things I loved about this book Ms Kole uses Dance Real Slow excerpts from 35 kidlit books to illustrate the writing craft t Fantastic Don t make my mistake and read it after you ve written your first novel Read it first How to forverything I used to devour books on writing Now I rarely pick one up mostly because I realized I needed to spend time doing the writing and less time reading about doing the writing But I attended a lecture by Mary Kole at my local SCBWI chapter conference last fall and was intrigued nough to my local SCBWI chapter conference last fall and was intrigued nough to her book And really no matter where you are in your writing career this book has lots to teach youKole gives real world The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life examples of what she s talking about in terms of published YAMG novels She offers advice onach topic from other writers and ditors And she gives you xercises to do but not hippy dippy xercises that don t apply to your work She has you think about these topics in terms of your own novelShe writes concretely and specifically She doesn t tell you how to write a best seller just how to write your specifically She doesn t tell you how to write a best seller just how to write your story I can t recommend this book highly nough just go read it You won t be sorry Most books for writers are written by writers which makes sense of course Writing Irresistible Kidlit is written by an agent She offers an interesting perspective For PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition example she includes several lists of clich s that she sees all the time in the slush pile plot clich s character clich s opening scene clich stc And she has lots of tidbits of good advice like Never be satisfied with the level of conflict you ve Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography engineered Always twist it always find a way to make it worse But be careful high stakes should never slide into histrionics Melodrama happens when bigmotions clash with a too thin underlying ObjectiveandIn an The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, effort to technically dodge the Show don t tell bullet a lot of writers have taken thexternal route to conveying character motions rumbling stomachs beating hearts twisting guts and on and on If I were to go on an actual stage and check my watch or tap my foot to convey impatience a director would yell at me for being way too obvious But novelists do this all the timeSome of the book was geared to beginning writers lots of basic definitions but I think writers at any stage could learn from it And she off. Captivate the hearts and minds of young adult readers Writing for young adult YA and middle grade MG audiences isn't just kid's stuff any it's kidlit The YA and MG book markets are healthier and robust than ver and that means the competition is fiercer too In Writing Irresistible Kidlit literary agent Mary Kole shares her xpertise on writing novels for young adult and middle grade readers an.

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Ing in its purest form the CRAFT of writing The advice is wonderful thoughtful and so clearly written that no writer could read this book and not walk away with something gained from itKole does an xcellent job of pinpointing the areas that writers need to work on the most the important things and then clearly illustrating how to shape your own writing accordingly She gives loads of The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl examples from her own shelves to help get her point across inach chapter Another great thing is the lists of writing Exile and Pilgrim exercises that accompany many of her sections which if completed are annormous help in grasping the ideas she is trying to get acrossVERY in depth look at writing for children and teens I loved the differences that Kole makes between MG and YA as well because "There IS A Difference And It Is "IS a difference and it is to understand it before you begin writing in ither of these groupsRecommend recommend RECOMMEND Perhaps I beat a dead dog by reading writing books I have a long list of goals when I do but actually realizing them reuires an lusive intangible application of knowledge call it skill or talent if you like a lament I ve made at the start of one of these reviews at least one other time The process is worthwhile and satisfying though call me old fashioned I also sincerely The process is worthwhile and satisfying though call me old fashioned I also sincerely writing can be taught I just hope it does not take 10000 hours of practice or a million words of tenacious writing I m willing to sell out in a shorter amount of time people After at least ten years of weekends I m not ven half way
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ll show some I hope and some decency with a uick review Writing Irresistible KidLit contains useful knowledge specially if you njoy reviews of the basics and the semi basics A lot of it was familiar character plot imagery big ideas Most of that was not specific to writing for the middle grade or YA markets which did not surprise me About twenty pages at the beginning addresses the middle grade and YA markets and the mindsets of those readers It was not xhaustive but it was thoughtful Although I read The Horn Book regularly I benefited One of the best things were the xcerpts The xamples mainly from her clients books I believe the author is a literary agent were often interesting ven illuminatingIt s worthwhile but don t let reading this at into your writing time though that s always true isn t Ary Kole's candid commentary and insightful observations as well as a collection of book Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts excerpts and personal insights from bestselling authors andditors who specialize in the children's book market are invaluable tools for your kidlit career If you want the skills techniues and know how you need to craft memorable stories for teens and tweens Writing Irresistible Kidlit can give them to yo. ,
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