Review & #BookPics: The Complete Guide to Writing for Young Adults
I received this book for free from the mentioned source in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.
The Complete Guide to Writing for Young Adults by Adrienne Kress, Allen Steele, Clay and Susan Griffith, Clay Griffith, Deby Fredericks, E.C. Meyers, Fanny Valentine Darling, Julie Kagawa, Laurie McLean, Leah Bobet, Leah Petersen., Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Sassafras Lowrey, Susan Griffith
Series: Complete Guide Series
Published by: Dragon Moon Press on 11/20/2014
Genres: Anthologies, Non-Fiction, Writing, YA
Source: Blog Tour, NetGalley
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
The Complete Guide to Writing for Young Adults is an essential resource for the emerging YA author. Here you’ll find honest advice from award winners, international bestsellers, and industry professionals.
If you’ve wondered why you need an agent, how to build your career, whether you should collaborate on that project, or how to write responsibly for a younger audience… it’s all here to get you started:
The Emergence of YA: Adrienne Kress
Age Considers, Youth Ventures: Defining YA: E.C. Myers
The Problem With Parents: Deby Fredericks
Writing YA Science Fiction as if Science Matters: Allen Steele
More Than Girl And Boy Books: Gender In YA: Leah Bobet
Creepy Or Romantic: Fanny Valentine Darling
Making Your Readers Team Players: Julie Kagawa
Trans 101 for YA Writers: Sassafras Lowrey
Agent Secrets For YA Writers: Laurie McLean
Book Bloggers Are Your Friends: Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
The Best About Collaboration (and a little of the worst): Clay and Susan Griffith
The Home Field Disadvantage: Leah Petersen
I love devouring books about writing: the craft, general advice, publishing, anything. As a reader, these books are great to gather an overall understanding about the writing process, trends, why there is a lack something particular in one genre or another. And as a person who writes, these books are essential in many ways from overcoming writers block, to learning the craft, or learning how to edit. In general, writing resources can sometimes sound the same. The same tips, the same tricks, the same advice. However, The Complete Guide to Writing for Young Adults had a few interesting qualities that made it stand out from the rest of its counterparts.
What I loved most about The Complete Guide to Writing for Young Adults were the chapters on Trans (Trans 101 for YA Writers: Sassafras Lowrey) & Gender (More Than Girl And Boy Books: Gender In YA: Leah Bobet), Parents (The Problem With Parents: Deby Fredericks), Writing Science Fiction (Writing YA Science Fiction as if Science Matters: Allen Steele), and the difference between Creepy and Romantic (Creepy Or Romantic: Fanny Valentine Darling). I think these topics are something that’s not discussed often enough. This novel does a wonderful job of discusses each topic open and honestly and delivers enough information to leave readers with a general and better understand of how each translates and works in Young Adult fiction. Though some of these topics push the envelope and can make you uncomfortable, I think they are needed. And as readers and consumers we should be pushing for more variety in the novels that we read.
Trans 101 (if you can’t tell my favorite chapter) offered a lot of insight into how people can define themselves, why this matters, and how these subjects can be handled in YA novels. Topics of this nature might not be something a person wants to read, but I think with the way the world and people are changing it’s a necessary discussion and something one should consider while writing. Also, I loved the idea of Creepy and Romantic and breaking down some beloved Young Adult novels to help writers/readers understand healthy relationships and the importance of discussing these topics with young impressionable readers. Being an avid reader and also an adult, we are often times better able to discern healthy and unhealthy relationships. I think it’s vital we teach our young girls and boys the difference and how what we might read in a novel is not the ideal/healthy standard of love and relationships.
Overall, The Complete Guide to Writing for Young Adults was not what I expected and for this reason alone I’m thankful. It really got me thinking about what I’m looking for as a reader and how I can approve myself as a writer. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a writing guide that deals with important subjects that may not be available in other books.