Writing for YA

I think of writing for the YA market as more of a calling than a choice, but it does require a certain head space.

It’s not a “weight battle” this time… but almost as bad. This is a tussle over talent! Stephen King has weighed in on the success of J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer. In case you haven’t heard, he thinks J.K. has talent and Stephanie can’t write worth a darn. Ouch! I know Stephenie has a horde of rabid fans, her very own publicist, amazing book sales and a huge cushion of money to soften these blows. I hope she also has a little mantra/mental tape which she runs, over and over saying: “I do not suck! I do not suck!” Because … Continue reading

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It’s not just the music… but the look, too. Russia is looking to OUTLAW EMO!! They’re taking this step because they say the music (emo is short for emotion or emotional) is making Russian teenagers depressed and the number of sucides is up! (Which is clearly a bad thing.) But is it the music… the hair… the look? Probably not. Being a teenager is full of drama. Here’s an article about it…

Writing for YA
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There is a lot of discussion brewing on appropriate subject matter for reading and entertainment for children — all children, young adult (YA), middle grade (MG) and below. And I even found my own project embroiled in this controversy (long story, no longer relevant)… but still the discussion is something to be aware of and to contemplate. It first came up on my radar reading Chasing Ray, which is the blog site of an author who also reviews YA books. She picked up the discussion from a parenting site called Babble which features a really insightful article by author Rachel … Continue reading

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My son is 19 and I write YA. (Of course I was only 10 when he was born… don’t do the math, it will only make your brain hurt!) the point is I’m an adult writing for kids. This might be surprising for some but not the least bit out of the ordinary for me. My career has almost exclusively been in writing for kids. In fact, YA is actually at the older end of my creative spectrum. Yes, I’m aware that YA doesn’t garner the literary props that certain adult work does. But it’s a bandwidth I’m comfortable in. … Continue reading

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