Non-Fiction Review: Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks
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Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal by Regina Brooks
Published by: Sourcebooks on 10/7/2014
Genres: Non-Fiction, Writing, YA
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About the Book:
From a top young adult literary agent, the only guide on how to write for young adults
With an 87 percent increase in the number of titles published in the last two years, the young adult market is one of the healthiest segments in the industry. Despite this, little has been written to help authors hone their craft to truly connect with this audience. Writing Great Books for Young Adults gives writers the advice they need to tap this incredible market.
Topics covered include:
Listening to the voices of youth
Meeting your young protagonist
Developing a writing style
Trying on points of view
Agent Regina Brooks has developed award-winning authors across the YA genre, including a Coretta Scott King winner. She attends more than 20 conferences each year, meeting with authors and teaching.
If you are someone who loves to write and would enjoy possible writing some Young Adult fiction, I would recommend Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. I love reading YA books, and writing is also one of my hobbies, so I was really excited to read this book. Regina Brooks breaks the book up in different chapters with each one focusing on a different aspect of writing fiction, many of which can be applied to adult fiction as well as YA fiction. Some of the chapters include Meeting Your Characters, Building Your Plot, and Learning to Write Dialogue.
As I mentioned, most of the aspects of this book can be applied not just to writing YA fiction, but fiction in general. This could be viewed as a positive or a negative thing, depending on what you are looking for. I tend to see it as a positive, because the tips included in this book are tips that are useful to anyone looking to write fiction.
Brooks highlights a lot of useful things, covering pretty much every portion of the writing process. There were a few inconsistencies that really bothered me, though. At one point, I believe in the chapter on Dialogue, Brooks says to never read your manuscript aloud to yourself, because you already know where you want the inflections and tones that people are supposed to speak with. Instead, she suggests having someone read your manuscript to you. However, Brooks later states in the book that one of the things you should do when you begin the editing process is to read the manuscript aloud to yourself. So that was something that stood out to me, mostly because in between those two points in the book, Brooks talks about inconsistencies in YA fiction and how to avoid them.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about the book is that it gave some insight into the publishing world, and how you go about getting a novel published. It tells you everything you need to submit to an agent, as well as some of the different things an agent actually does. The book also has a few appendices in the back with a ton of different resources you can use, from different publishing companies for YA literature, to different resources for getting feedback on your novel.
Overall, I would give Writing Great Books for Young Adults 4 out of 5 controllers. There’s a lot of useful information on the writing process, the publishing process, and everything in between.