Free Read [Sports Book] Ï Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal - by Regina Brooks ✓

By Regina Brooks | Comments: ( 505 ) | Date: ( Nov 17, 2019 )

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 BooksFrom 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 youthMeeting your young protagonist Developing a writing styleConstructing plotsTrying on points of viewAgent Regina Brooks has developed award winning authors across the YA genre, including a Coretta Scott King winner She attends than 20 conferences each year, meeting with authors and teaching.


  • Title: Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal
  • Author: Regina Brooks
  • ISBN: 9781402226618
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Regina Brooks

Regina Brooks is an award winning author and literary expert with an indefatigable passion for guiding the careers of some of the publishing worlds best and brightest stars As the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC a full service company based in Brooklyn, NY, which was hailed by Writers Digest Magazine as one of the top 25 literary agencies of 2004, Ms Brooks continues to break down barriers and shape the literary landscape by signing authors who challenge the written word Led by Ms Brooks, Serendipity Literary Agency LLC has established a diverse base of award winning authors in the adult and young adult fiction, non fiction, and children s genres including three time National Book Award finalist, Newberry and Coretta Scott King award winning author Marilyn Nelson, and Coretta Scott King Award winner, Sundee Frazier, author of Brendan Buckleys Universe and Everything in it, an Oprah Book Pick and an Al Roker Book Club selection With over fifteen years of experience in senior positions at major publishing houses, including John Wiley Sons Inc where she was the youngest member of the editorial staff and the first African American editor in their college division and the McGraw Hill companies, Ms Brooks, a graduate of the Howard University Publishing Institute and faculty member of the Harvard CME publishing course, is also the author of the childrens book, Never Finished Never Done , 2004 She is a book blogger for the HuffingtonpostMs Brooks is also the founder and executive director of YB Literary Foundation, Inc a not for profit organization whose mission is to promote the reading of literature as a meaningful, lifelong activity and transformative experience for youth Much to her delight, this aspect of her charitable work in particular keeps her apprised of the latest teen trends Through a roster of community focused programming that draws on popular culture, YBs goal is to expose youth to literature that is relevant to their livesliterature that speaks to their realities, their experiences and to their potential as future leaders The organization has touched thousands of high school students in the NY NJ area alone Under her guidance, the YB Literary Foundation established a partnership with The National Urban League to launch the hiphopreader program A New York Urban League Rising Star Award winner and a 2004 finalist for the StevieTM Award for Women Entrepreneurs, Regina Brooks is featured in books such as The Guide to Literary Agents and the NAACP nominated Down to Business 10 steps for Women Entrepreneurs She is also listed in International Who s Who under the categories of Professional Management, Technology, Entrepreneurs, and Engineering Ms Brooks serves on the board of Soul Mountain Literary Retreat Center and is a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival Committee for Childrens and Young Adult Literature An active member of the National Association of Female Executives and NY Women in Television and Film and a member of the National Association of Professional Women, she lectures at over a dozen conferences annually, including the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators SCBWI , Bologna Book Fair and the American Library Association.



Comments Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    This had some helpful tidbits of information but I found that for the most part it underestimated and babied YA readers, basically suggesting they should not be challenged and they should have the story handed to them. It also operated under the assumption that those interested in this book are writing YA just to cash in on the market.


  • Annalisa

    I have an aversion to reading books on writing so I was a little surprised when I saw this on the library shelf and actually checked it out. I'd seen it recommended on a few sites and was a little curious about what this agent would have to say, what she thought was different in YA than the rest of the market, and if she had any great advice. It failed to impress me.The first part of the book I kept thinking this was for all those people who at close of Twilight thought, "I could do that, and be [...]


  • Sarah Pottenger

    Please, for the love of all that is holy, don't read this. It's okay until Chapter 4, when things start not making sense. Do not read a book on writing for teenagers that is written by someone who thinks teenagers are too immature and inexperienced to read and understand the breadth of adult fiction.


  • Jacquelyn

    Regina Brooks does a fantastic job of outlining the fundamentals of writing for the YA audience. Calling on her vast experience as a literary agent, she breaks down the entire process--from developing ideas to submitting queries to agents--in an easily digestible fashion. She discusses many of the rules you've probably heard before, such as "show, don't tell" and "avoid adjectives and adverbs," but instead of presenting them as inviolable laws, she explains why those guidelines are there and whe [...]


  • Derek

    About 95% general writing advice, and only 5% (about 10 pages total) insights into YA fiction, mostly common-sense. The author repeatedly advises the reader to go do the research him/herself instead of providing research/examples. I wish more niche genre books would skip the Novel 101 material and get to the specifics of the niche.Some head-scratchers: Brooks incorrectly refers to a present participle in the progressive tense as a gerund and makes the all-too-common mistake of advising that firs [...]


  • Craig

    Starring Zooey Deschanel on the cover!This book has a lot of annoying exercises which are more for someone who has zero inkling of what they want to do with a YA novel. I guess that's hedging bets for the audience of the book, but it winds up forcing someone who has an existing idea to have to skip around in the text to make the most of what's here/ unnecessary.There is good, general literary stuff here (list of conflicts, character types, etc), as well as a good section on thinking about litera [...]


  • Alexis

    Four stars just for the useful tips on the industry. Three stars for the writing advice. Two stars or less for the times when it speaks condescendingly of the capabilities of young adult readers. As someone who read the Iliad at age 11, I know that young readers are often capable (and desirous) of much more than they are given credit for.


  • Diayll

    Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/WriterRating: 4 out of 5 ControllersReview Source: NetGalleyReviewer: ArielIf 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 [...]


  • Jen Ryland

    Some good basic advice, both for fiction writers in general and those who want to write YA. However, if you have previously studied creative writing or read a lot of how-to writing books, you may find the advice a bit elementary. If you are just getting started, this book does a good job of touching briefly on some important concepts and advice.Not every rule about writing YA fiction is unanimous or clear-cut and there is some stuff in here I disagree with. Yes, YA is generally read by people 12 [...]


  • Kate

    A good, solid book on the craft of writing that is geared primarily toward beginners. Most of the advice is tailored to the young adult market, though the principles apply across all genres. I did not, however, appreciate the repetition that young adult readers (read: teens) aren't emotionally, physically, mentally, etc. mature enough to handle certain topics, themes, or literary styles with the same nuance and sophistication as adults. This sentiment follows a rule that the writer should never [...]


  • Victoria

    I had to read this for the Oxford course I took this year. The book isn't bad, but it can't be considered a stand-alone read. It provides food for thought and investigation if you're trying to write a story aimed at young adult readers, but it's not a manual on how to write a bestseller of course and you can't follow all the advice blindly.


  • Taffy

    Like any book on writing and young adult writing, you get out of it what you need or what will help you in your own writing. Tips, ideas, strategies, prompts and helps fill this book and can help in some way. I read it for a few chapters then skimmed the rest because I got what I wanted/needed out of the book.Thanks to netgalley for the read in exchange for my honest review.


  • Heather

    There are an unbelievable number of TYPOS in this book! The author works in the field; where the heck was her editor??? It's really hard for me to take advice seriously - about WRITING no less - when this happens. I'll probably still finish it. Eventually. But for now, Insurgent was just released yesterday, so THAT is where my attention is at!!! :-)


  • Meaghan

    Decent enough, commonsense advice on how to write and sell books for young adults. The YA genre isn't that different from any other, and most of the advice could apply to all fiction books. Like all "how to write" books, however, this is of limited use -- I think if you really needed a book like this to be able to write well then you might as well not even bother.


  • Catia

    Often makes it sound like YA readers are sub-par.


  • Molly

    This doesn't contain anything you can't find for free on a blog, so I'm glad I checked it out from the library instead of buying it.


  • Christiana

    Writing Great Books for Young Adults is a great introduction to the basics of novel writing. It walks you step by step through the process from finding your story through landing an agent. Along the way, it includes small writing exercises and gives lots of practical advice.I would recommend reading this book before starting your first YA novel. Although I found that some of the tips were still helpful after completing my first manuscript, I feel it would have been more beneficial before hand. I [...]


  • T.H. Hernandez

    This one has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, and I think I might have found it more useful if I'd read it when I first bought it a few years ago. There's certainly useful tidbits throughout, but it's neither a how-to nor a definitive resource on all things young adult fiction. Instead, it's an overview of fiction writing with additional information on what makes writing for young adults different from writing for adults. It's pretty void of details, but the overall concepts the author [...]


  • Leah

    While I thought she did a good job of addressing the key issues writers face with YA, she came short when it came to explaining herself. Her statements were a bit vague and were written as if everyone already understood certain concepts, which can be intimidating to new writers. I did like the simplicity though, I hate reading writing books that give heavy explanations, but I find a great writer can explain concepts simply with clarity. I liked her tips on editing, when she mentioned to cut all [...]


  • Elissa Matthews

    Overall a little simple and obvious. " characters are the people who propel your plot forward. " At times confusing or misleading, such as the differentiation between story and plot.


  • Elizabeth Howe

    This is a good place to start learning about some tips and tricks.


  • Zee Monodee

    I suppose this would make a book a newbie to writing would pick up and go through, because all the concepts exposed in there are the basics of what every writer must already know. Under that light, some of the exercises this book asks you to do seem rather pointless, because there isn't a "one way fits all" in writing - every writer comes into his/her own process and trying to fit/conform to another's writing manner is oftentimes futile and counter-productive, too.I really thought this book woul [...]


  • Amy Lawton

    Full disclosure: I received this book (2nd edition) for free through ' First Reads.My interest in this book originally came from a few different places. I have an aspiring writer in my immediate family, a friend studying YA fiction at the graduate level, and an acquaintance who is already a published YA author. I wanted to learn about their field, but this book didn't really teach me anything I didn't already know. The first 10 chapters are just basic story-craft. If you have never studied ANY l [...]


  • Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)

    When I take the time to read nonfiction, I want to feel like I've spent my time wisely. I want to learn something new and be able to apply that information in a practical way. With Writing Great Books for Young Adults I accomplished both tasks! I really took my time reading this book because there was SO much valuable information on each page. I teach middle school language arts, so I really did not expect to learn much in this area. Yes, I was full of hubris. I admit it. I spend entire units te [...]


  • Dawn

    This book is an awesome resource!!!I recently have been doing lots of research on writing fiction. I looked at books on plot, structure and point of view, but I didn’t think about looking for one in the genre I was writing. I really didn’t find one that totally connected with me until I came across this title.I knew that I wanted to write a YA novel for some time, but didn’t realize that there was so much I didn’t know about what goes into it!This book is a great guide as well as introdu [...]


  • Kourtney

    I was one of the first 100 contestants for Gotham Writers’ Workshop recent YA contest and I won a copy of Writing Great Books For Young Adults. Winners to the contest will be posted February 2011. But in the interim, I read the book.At first glance, I love love love the way the book is laid out. The font, the chapter breaks, the little inserts with insider advice. Perfect. Super easy read.The information is arranged in a step-by-step approach to writing your YA novel from coming up with an ide [...]


  • David

    Regina Brooks tells us that she was originally an engineer, and unfortunately, her approach to her book follows that mind-set: how to write a YA book broken into its component parts of plot, setting, characters, dialogue, etc etc. At times, it reads like a textbook, at its worst when it starts listing the twenty-six different types of conclusions to plots. Lists are fine, but concrete and engaging examples would have been much better.Don't get me wrong. The information is all very valuable, and [...]


  • BookCupid

    If you want to write, then by all means, you have got to read. Novels are a great start. They help maintain the vocabulary flowing and learn how to keep up paragraph and dialogue pace. But reading how-to write books can be a huge advantage.Writing Great Books for Young Adults outshines its competitors, by combining all of the writing themes together. Instead of focusing just on dialogue, it will have a chapter on the subject, and so on, making it a great start for aspiring writers. The main focu [...]


  • Margery Bayne

    I am really passionate about the young adult/teen genre of novels. (I could talk about this for ages.) This book was written by a seasoned literary agent who works with young adult books, which gives it a good perspective of someone who is watching the genre grow and change as well as seeing what succeeds and what fails. It has a lot of writing tips that I already knew because I am pretty studied in that area, but it also had a new way of looking at some of these aspects of writing (for example, [...]


  • Aly (My Heart Hearts Books)

    I thought this book was very interesting. As someone who wants to have a career, writing fiction for young adults, I really wanted to see what Regina Brooks had to say. Writing Great Books for Young Adults, is like being in a creative writing class. Brooks lessons were very familiar to me. It was like reading the lessons of the creative writing classes I was lucky enough to attend. It breaks down writing fiction and makes you look at the craft and the mechanics of writing. Looking at character d [...]


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