Selling a Young Adult Novel in 2017 and Beyond: Writing for Our New Reality OnDemand Webinar

Selling a Young Adult Novel in 2017 and Beyond: Writing for Our New Reality OnDemand Webinar

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  • You want to write and publish a YA novel
  • You have an idea and want to write a book but don't know where to start
  • You are a writer who has finished their manuscript and wondering what to do next
  • You are an aspiring writer beginning the query process
  • You are a writer who has not yet been successful in querying and needs some guidance
  • You are a writer established in other genres who wants to write a YA novel


It's more exciting than ever to write books for the Young Adult (YA) age group. After the popularity of Harry Potter and Twilight, the YA market rapidly expanded and people thought anything was possible in YA. Today, the market has changed: it's more saturated, but the possibilities are still endless. There are, however, key differences in what makes a novel successful in today's market.

Seven years ago while assisting a literary agent, Suzie Townsend sold her first project at auction less than three months after finding it in the query pile. It was a Young Adult paranormal romance. Since then she has represented dozens of YA authors publishing commercial and literary works of all subgenres. She's sold YA novels to all the major publishers and many have gone on to become bestselling and award winning novels. She shares with you what you need to do in order to write and pitch a Young Adult novel for today's market.


  • Tips on writing today's marketable YA novel
    • How to hook your reader with your concept
    • How to make sure your plot, characters, and world all work together
    • How to make sure your voice is authentically teen
    • How to keep your novel fast paced whether it's a thriller or a coming of age story
    • How to use trends in YA and make them your own
    • Overdone clich√©s and tropes and how to avoid them
  • How to write strong first pages
    • What works best in the first pages of a YA novel and what doesn't
    • Common first pages mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Tips on the actual querying/pitching process
    • What information is essential to your pitch and what isn't
    • Effectively using comparable titles
    • Common mistakes to avoid
  • Key YA resources; key revising resources


Prior to joining New Leaf, Suzie Townsend graduated film school, earned her Masters of Education, taught high school English, and coached a swim team. In her spare time, she read everything she could, which prompted her move to publishing. As a literary agent, she represents all brands of children's and adult fiction. She loves women's fiction, all subgenres of romance, crime fiction, Young Adult and Middle Grade. Suzie loves strong characters and voice-driven stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genres, and she's always looking for unique new voices in stories. You can follow her on Twitter: @sztownsend81.

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