Middle Grade and Young Adult Craft Intensive: Telling Kidlit Stories in Today's Market OnDemand Webinar
You'll Love This OnDemand Webinar If:
- You are actively querying agents and publishers with your pre-teen and teen novels
- You want to make the jump from writing adult or genre novels to writing for children or young adults
- 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 want to improve your pitch or hook
- 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 for writing children's books today. If you want to write children's books for readers ages 9-12 (middle grade) or 13+ (young adult), there are tips and tricks that you need to know before you can break in. Because the middle grade and teen novels market is so specific—if you want to succeed, that is—this entire 90-minute session is devoted to writing for kids.
Successfully hooking an agent (and readers) with your writing takes voice, incredible characterization and an exciting plot. In this market, you also need a commercial premise that will immediately spark the imagination, and sales hooks that make your novel stand out to children's literary agents. Learn what the middle grade and young adult audiences are looking for, what literary agents for children's books 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.
What You'll Learn:
- Tips on how to write for children, including a look at the essential elements of books written for pre-teen and teen readers
- How your audience thinks about novels and what they want
- What agents and editors look for in terms of pitch, writing, and book premise
- The specific guidelines for how to write for kids in these two vibrant markets
- Examples of great novels from today's shelves
- Craft issues like character, plot, voice, and writing itself
- How to make your hook absolutely irresistible
- What separates an aspiring writer from a contracted author in this field
What Writers Are Saying:
"Mary Kole knows so much about kidlit and the YA publishing industry. I had high expectations for this webinar, and I was not disappointed. I particularly appreciated the advice she gave on what agents look for and upcoming trends within the industry."
About Mary Kole:Mary Kole is an associate agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She's 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 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. She is actively looking to sign MG and YA works of the highest quality.
Writer's Digest does not offer any refunds for the webinar. All sales are final. OnDemand webinars do not include a critique.