Writing Great Books for Young Adults

Writing Great Books for Young Adults

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  • You have submitted your work, received a rejection, and want to understand why
  • You'll be pitching your work at a conference in the near future
  • You want to understand how to TRULY hook an agent through your query and first pages of your YA novel

Young Adult Fiction is one of the most lucrative genres in publishing. Award winning literary agent Regina Brooks shares ideas on how to maximize your potential for publishing success in the YA marketplace. In this presentation, you'll receive insider knowledge. Discover the key elements agents and editors are looking for and how to grab their attention. Regina shares surefire techniques and tips necessary to get an agent to read past the first few pages of your manuscript.


  • How to find the right market for your novel (middle grade, YA, or New Adult)
  • How to position your novel
  • The key elements that should be included in your query
  • How to pique the interest of an agent/editor in your young adult novel
  • How to make your novel's first paragraphs entice an agent/editor to request your full manuscript
  • How to understand editorial and marketing speak: ‚Äúpositioning," ‚Äúhigh concept," ‚Äútoo quiet," and many more
  • The five key elements necessary for engaging the young adult reader


Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her agency represents a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature, including: three-time National Book Award finalist, Newberry Honor Winner and the Coretta Scott King Honor and the Michael Printz Honor Award-winning author Marilyn Nelson; winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, Al Roker's Book Club for Kids author Sundee Frazier; Junior Guild Award, Stonewall Award, and LAMBDA award winner Bil Wright. Brooks is a former Executive Editor at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill. She is the author of the children's book, Never Finished! Never Done! (Scholastic), WRITING GREAT BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS (Source Books) and YOU SHOULD (REALLY) WRITE A BOOK: HOW TO WRITE, SELL, AND MARKET YOUR MEMOIR (St. Martin's Press). In November, her annual contest for new writers the YA DISCOVERY CONTEST, is held in partnership with Gotham Writers Center WritingClasses.com/YAPitch. She has been highlighted in global media and TV outlets including ABC News, CW, Forbes, Poets and Writers, Publishers Weekly, The Writer, Media Bistro, Essence, Ebony. Writer's Digest and the Huffington Post. She is also the owner of Possibiliteas.co a tea company of master blended teas developed for creative minds. Brooks is also the founder of Possibiliteas, a tea company that develops tea blends for creative minds. She is a pilot and a member of the Association of Author Representatives and New York Women in Film and Television. She is always interested in new and emerging writers. www.serendipitylit.com

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