Writing Irresistible Kidlit The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers

ISBN-10: 1599635763

ISBN-13: 9781599635767

Edition: 2012

Authors: Mary Kole

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This text focuses heavily on aspects of the kidlit writing craft, pulls from the dynamic and constantly evolving canon of today's best children fiction, and is filled with writing exercises and challenges.
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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Kidlit Market Overview
Your Readers
Kidlit Then
…and Kidlit Now
Blockbuster Thinking
The Popularity of Series
Changes and Opportunities
Choosing an Audience
The Middle Grade Marketplace
The Young Adult Marketplace
Understanding Your Reader
The MG and YA Mindset
Inside The Mind of Your Middle Grade Reader
Inside The Mind of Your Young Adult Reader
What's the Big Idea?
Originality and New Ideas
Defining Commercial Novels
Loglines from the Shelves
How I've been Baited
Thinking Big
Storytelling Foundations
Starting a Story
Balancing Action and Information
Tense and POV
The Hero's Journey and Introducing a Character
Make Me Care: Character Objective and Conflict
Sidekicks and Villains and Everyone in Between
Chapters, Scenes, and Beats
Character Growth and Change
A Lesson in Plot Structure
Developing Stakes and Tension
Using Backstory and Withholding
Subplots and the Muddy Middle
The Climax and Ending
Advanced Kidlit
Imagery and Setting
Word Choice and Voice
Theme, Big Ideas, and Big Questions
Authority and Authenticity
A Career in Kidlit
Getting a Literary Agent
Querying and Submitting Your Work
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