March 30, 2011

Resources for Writing & Editing YA Lit

I asked various writing colleagues to send me their favorite how-to books to include with some of the books I turn to. You’ll find many of these on the comprehensive list of resources in Barbara Sjoholm’s An Editor’s Guide to Working with Authors. Also included are a smattering of the kinds of web sources available, from information on the industry, to author and reviewer blogs, to how-to-write sites. While epublishing has been slower to get started in this category, it’s certainly exploding as a publishing choice. 

Writing Techniques: Children’s and YA
Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, by Cheryl Klein
Write Up a Storm with the Polk Street School Kids, Patricia Reilly Giff
Writing and Selling the Young Adult Novel, by K.L. Going
Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know From Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal, by Regina Brooks
The Spying Heart and The Invisible Child, by Katherine Paterson

Writing Techniques: General
Self-Editing for Fiction Editors, by Renni Browne and Dave King
Steering the Craft, by Ursula K. Le Guin
No Plot? No Problem, by Chris Baty
Bird by Bird, Ann Lamott
On Writing, by Stephen King
Word Magic, by Cindy Rogers

Web Resources:

I recommend to all my children’s and YA authors that they check out the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators which has local chapters around the world. It definitely takes a village—in which we editors are honored to play a part—for a book to be welcomed into the world of readers!  

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