Write And Sell Your Young Adult Novel – Must-Know Info For Getting Published OnDemand Webinar

Write And Sell Your Young Adult Novel – Must-Know Info For Getting Published OnDemand Webinar

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  • You are currently writing a young adult novel or plotting one out
  • You are struggling with revising your young adult novel
  • You are looking to take your novel-writing skills to a higher level by better relating to their YA audience
  • You are querying agents for your young adult novel


Literary agents and readers crave entertaining and moving Young Adult (YA) fiction, but often writers struggle with creating a manuscript that is truly targeted to the YA age group. To really connect with YA audiences, writers must first understand what a YA novel is and what it isn't. Skew too young or too old in aspects of your book and you'll create a novel that won't fit anywhere. But get all the important YA elements right, and you'll be well on your way toward finding a home on bookstore shelves and in readers' hearts.

In this live webinar, literary agents Marie Lamba and Cari Lamba will help you gain a better understanding of the YA market, learn tools to help you craft a strong and focused YA novel, and you'll discover how to create a top-notch query letter so you can present your work in a professional and exciting way to literary agents.

The webinar will cover the distinguishing differences between YA novels and those geared toward other age groups. We'll dig deeper to see how to create excellent YA novels, looking closely at voice, relatable themes, and the how-to behind writing characters readers will embrace. We'll then explore how to keep within that all-important teen point of view. And we'll zero in on YA subgenres and what readers of those categories expect from their books.

Once we have a sense of what readers (and literary agents) are looking for in a YA novel, we'll then use this information to help you craft a strong query letter for your novel. We'll talk about how to boil down your novel into a succinct description, and how to then use that description to form the heart of your query. Important dos and don'ts, along with insider tips will help you develop that professional and effective query letter designed to snag an agent's attention.

Marie Lamba and Cari Lamba have first-hand experience with today's young adult marketplace. As literary agents, they see countless query letters and manuscripts, and they work with the top commercial publishing houses. Also, because Marie is also a published author of YA novels herself, she has unique insight into the writer's craft, so her writing tips come from her own hands-on experience.


  • What a YA novel is and what it isn't
  • The important differences between YA vs. Middle Grade, New Adult or Adult
  • How to keep within the teen point of view throughout a manuscript
  • The elements needed in strong and focused YA manuscripts, plus pitfalls to avoid
  • How to write relatable YA themes, characters, and plots
  • The various YA subgenres, and how to make sure your book has what those readers demand within those categories
  • Tips on boiling down your novel into a short and effective description for pitching and querying agents
  • How to shape a query letter that will grab an agent's attention, including important do's and don'ts
  • What literary agents and editors are currently looking for (and avoiding) in YA


Marie Lamba is a Literary Agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in NYC (jdlit.com), where she represents picture book writers and illustrators, middle grade, YA and adult fiction, plus memoir. Marie (marielamba.com) is author of the picture book Green Green (Farrar Straus Giroux), of the upcoming picture book A Day So Gray (Clarion), and of the young adult novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head, and Drawn. Her articles are in more than 100 publications, and she's a frequent contributor to Writer's Digest. You can follow her on Twitter @marielamba, and like her Facebook page: Marie Lamba, Author.

Cari Lamba (@CariLamba) is an Associate Literary Agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She interned for the agency for eight years prior to officially joining the team of agents. Cari holds a B.A. in English Literature from Franklin and Marshall College and studied literature at The Advanced Studies in England Program. She has experience as a bookseller, working in libraries, and in content writing and publicity for online publications. Cari has been published in Writer's Digest Magazine and has also taught a number of Webinars for Writer's Digest. She is currently looking to represent children's fiction and non-fiction, and adult commercial fiction with a special interest in mysteries and culinary tie-ins.

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