Creating Great Characters & Relationships in Middle Grade and Young Adult OnDemand Webinar

Creating Great Characters & Relationships in Middle Grade and Young Adult OnDemand Webinar

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You'll Love This OnDemand Webinar If:

  • You are actively querying agents and publishers with a pre-teen or teen novel
  • You want to make the jump from writing adult or genre novels to the kidlit market
  • You aren't sure about where your novel writing fits into the middle grade and young adult spectrum
  • You have always wanted to try writing a children's novel, whether for publication or as a keepsake
  • You struggle with characterization, scene, or relationship
  • You want to improve your pitches and hooks
  • You want to take the next step toward publication in the pre-teen and teen market

Middle grade and young adult novels are the hottest markets in children's books today. If you want to write novels for readers aged 9-12 (middle grade) or 13+ (young adult), you'll need to focus on your characterizations first and foremost, because these voracious readers love bonding with protagonists. Because character is so important to the middle grade and teen novels market,if you want to succeed, that is,this entire 90-minute session is devoted to developing your protagonist, giving them a formidable nemesis, and giving any romance in your book that spark that will draw in your audience.

Successfully hooking an agent (and readers) with your writing takes knowing how to develop characters and make them interact in exciting ways, especially if you want to tackle the extremely popular topic of teen romance. Learn what the middle grade and young adult audiences are looking for, what agents and editors like to see in this marketplace, and how you can capitalize on these needs. You'll also learn how to make your project and pitch irresistible so you can take the next step toward publication.

Download this online webinar today and start creating great characters and relationships for middle grade and young adult fiction!

In This OnDemand Webinar You'll Learn:

  • The essential elements of books written for pre-teen and teen readers
  • What your audience wants from characters and relationships
  • Why romance is so important in the teen market, and how to create great chemistry
  • How to memorably introduce your characters in scene
  • What makes for a thrilling and chilling antagonist
  • Specific guidelines for writing middle grade and young adult
  • How to make your pitch absolutely irresistible
  • What separates an aspiring writer from a contracted author in this field

About Mary Kole:

Mary Kole (, @kid_lit) is a Senior Literary Manager with Movable Type Management ( She's also on the hunt for exceptional picture books, especially from accomplished author/illustrators. She has sold books to HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Random House, Marshall Cavendish, and Arthur A. Levin's imprint at Scholastic, among others. Mary reads submissions for tween and teen novels all day long and will tell you exactly what works and what doesn't when you're approaching this exciting, creative, and fulfilling niche in publishing.

Kole has also led online webinars on writing kidlit stories, and selling young adult or middle grade fiction novels.

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