The Lost Queen (Faerie Path, iOme decency with a uick review Writing Irresistible KidLit contains useful knowledge especiallyf you enjoy reviews of the basics and the semi basics A lot of To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, it was familiar character plotmagery big To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, 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 exhaustive butt was thoughtful Although I read The Horn Book regularly I benefited One of the best things were the excerpts The examples mainly from her clients books I believe the author s a literary agent were often nteresting even lluminatingIt s worthwhile but don t let reading
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top notch writer s guide mary kole brings notch writer s guide Mary Kole brings of SOLID EXPERIENCE AND INSIGHT TO THE ART OF WRITING experience and nsight to the art of writing 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 etc she shows what to do as well as what not to do The Weirdstone of Brisingamen in order to make your writing stand outn a very competitive market Highly recommended Most books for writers are written by writers which makes sense of course Writing Irresistible Kidlit s written by an agent She offers an nteresting perspective For example she Rain (Paper Gods, includes several lists of clich s that she sees all the timen the slush pile plot clich s character clich s opening scene clich s etc And she has lots of tidbits of good advice like Never be satisfied with the level of conflict you ve engineered Always twist Winters Passage (The Iron Fey, it always find a way to maket worse But be careful high stakes should never slide The Replacement Wife into histrionics Melodrama happens when big emotions clash with a too thin underlying ObjectiveandIn an effort to technically dodge the Show don t tell bullet a lot of writers have taken the external route to conveying character emotions 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 conveympatience 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 Damned (Witch Hunt it And she offers a lot of advice thatsn t just relevant to YA and MG authors Wow Like the title states this really The Bluebird Bet (Welcome to Tall Pines is The Ultimate Guide for writing kidlit A few things I loved about this book Ms Kole uses excerpts from 35 kidlit books tollustrate the writing craft techniues The whole book Hot-Blooded Italians is a lesson on good voice Her book uses a conversational tone that madet feel like she was just sitting at the table teaching me The market sections She gives an overview of the YA and MG markets the YA and MG mindset and the business side of getting your book traditionally published The craft sections She talks about how to come up with a big Mlynowski Teen Thriller idea great storytelling developingrresistible characters and plot and advance kidlit like using Reggie imagery and setting word choice and voice and authority and authenticityI m going to readt again with a highlighter and sticky notes Switchback in hand Its truly the YA and MG writer s bibleGo forth and rea. Ary Kole's candid commentary and Marrying Marcus (Virgin Brides, insightful observations as well as a collection of book excerpts and personalnsights from bestselling authors and editors who specialize Belonging (Temptation, in the children's book market arenvaluable 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.
Mary Kole Ï 9 SummaryThe title promises a lot and the author s CERTAINLY UALIFIED WITH A BACKGROUND IN WRITING PUBLISHING AND ualified with a background n writing publishing and first and last chapters are all about the publishing CaddyGirls industry so the title should really say something about writing AND PUBLISHING kidlit Actually this dates the book somewhat with the assumption that everyones still Assignment interestedn the traditional publishing route completely putting aside that a lot of new writers will have decided to self publish But even Philosophy of Religion if you do prefer the traditional routef you re a regular reader of the biggest publishing blogs these chapters may not offer muchThe rest of the book might offer a lot No Respect if this were the first book on writing that you d ever read andf you ve stayed away from the chestnuts of writing groups Instead of this book you might read Self Editing For Fiction Writers for the technical bits Save The Cat and McKee for the plotting bits and Bird By Bird for the The Spirituality Revolution inspirational bits Kole s chapter on Advanced Kidlits nothing of the sort and borders on condescending Imagery Comptia Cysa+ Cybersecurity Analyst Certification Bundle (Exam Cs0-001) is a part of the Year 10 English curriculum where I come fromWhat this book does offer that other non kidlit writing books don ts examples from the kidlit world But as acknowledged by the author herself out of context some of those excerpts can t teach much Better to read the whole bookIn the end maybe the thing I took away Economies and Cultures is that writing for kidssn t all that different from writing for adults Apart from the voice which Kole doesn t manage to describe any better than most Better off just absorbing voice by reading lots of great writing than trying to pin Designing with Web Standards it down I conclude And as Maria Nikolajeva writesn Children s Literature Comes Of Age There Sadies Surrender (Oyster Harbor, is still another viewpoint which research on children s literature has uitegnored and that Structure Of The Nucleus is to approach children s literature as literature She points out that the writing of Astrid Lindgren when analyseds demanding than the average book written for adultsIn this book I guess I was just hoping for something rigorous and for something specifically about kidlit I was hoping for the kidlit euivalent of James Wood s How Fiction Works which really made me think First Anthology in a new way about well how fiction works That too has a big title that promises some sort of breadth andsn t anything of the sort but I d recommend that book to any writerThis book has ntroduced me to some excellent kidlit though and I ve now got some excellent new YA books on my to read list 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
to last chapter she ueriessubmissions And to uote her If you re only getting form declines something s not working and I m betting t s your writing sample Yes your writing sample Not your uery as so many writers hope We can overlook a heinous uery Passage Through Crisis if the writings brilliant but never the other way around pg 259The good thing Science, Technology and Culture iss that the entire book before this uote give us concrete examples on how to stop getting those form rejections How our writing must sing be fresh deep and true all at the same time There The Road to Einsteins Relativity is something to the adage one must write a million words before becoming an real writer There were a lot of thingsn this book that opened my eyes Her chapter on. Captivate the hearts and minds of young adult readers Writing for young adult YA and middle grade MG audiences Black Boy isn't just kid's stuff anyt's kidlit The YA and MG book markets are healthier and robust than ever and that means the competition s fiercer too In Writing Irresistible Kidlit literary agent Mary Kole shares her expertise on writing novels for young adult and middle grade readers an. .Second To Last Chapter She
Big Ideas Characters and Plots held so Fantastic Don t make my mistake and read t after you ve written your first mistake and read t after you ve written your first Read Safe in My Arms it first How to for everything Ok THISs an awesome book There Presunta colpevole is advice here for any writer whos seeking to WRITE young adult or middle grade fiction I emphasize write because so many books now focus on publishing promoting platform marketing pitching etc etc ETC This book however focuses solely on writing Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem ints purest form the CRAFT of writing The advice Safe Words is wonderful thoughtful and so clearly written that no writer could read this book and not walk away with something gained fromtKole does an excellent job of pinpointing the areas that writers need to work on the most the His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, important things and then clearlyllustrating how to shape your own writing accordingly She gives loads of examples from her own shelves to help get her point across The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, in each chapter Another great things the lists of writing exercises that accompany many of her sections which Pursuit of Justice if completed are an enormous helpn grasping the Dangerous to Touch ideas shes trying to get acrossVERY Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude 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 andt Rodeo Daughter ismportant to understand My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze it before you begin writingn either of these groupsRecommend recommend RECOMMEND This was such a great resource and was an nsightful guide for writing KidLit I wish there wasn t swearing which took me a bit to hurdle through but the examples she gave through literature that was on the market today and the way she explained 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 I used to devour books on writing Now
I rarely pick one up mostly because I realized I needed to spend time doing therarely pick one up mostly because I realized I needed to spend time doing the 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 ntrigued enough to buy her book And really no matter where you are A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, in your writing career this book has lots to teach youKole gives real world examples of what she s talking aboutn terms of published YAMG novels She offers advice on each topic from other writers and editors And she gives you exercises to do but not hippy dippy exercises that don t apply to your work She has you think about these topics My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, 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 best story I can t recommend this book highly enough just go readt You won t be sorry 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 elusive Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, intangible application of knowledge callt skill or talent The Baby Album if you like a lament I ve made at the start of one of these reviews at least one other time The processs worthwhile and satisfying though call me old fashioned I also sincerely believe writing can be taught I just hope Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose it does not take 10000 hours of practice or a million words of tenacious writing I m willing to sell outn a shorter amount of time people After at least ten years of weekends I m not even half way thereI ll show some restraint I hope and D teaches you how toRecognize the differences between middle grade and young adult audiences and how Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., itmpacts your writing Tailor your manuscript's tone length and content to your readership Avoid common mistakes and cliches that are prevalent Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, in YA and MG fictionn respect to characters story Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, ideas plot structure and Develop themes anddeas n your novel that will strike emotional chordsM. ,