"Writers of books about the real world have to dig deep and tell the truth." Ursula Nordstrom
Isn't that a fantastic quote?? I'd never heard it before til Mary's webinar. Honestly, I didn't know who Ursula was, but she was responsible for introducing some very famous stories to the kidlit world.
I'll break the recap up into a few different posts since there was so much. For starters, Mary gave some tips for being successful in your writing:
Most important is
Researching the market
Polishing the writing
Her tips for queries:
Always follow agency guidelines and personalize
Isolate the hook
What is the selling point?
Who will read it? Similar successful books?
Brief, professional approach
Make agent care about the MC and story
Agent will care about your query if you do these things:
Show who the MC is
What is the action that launches the story?
What or Who does the MC want most?
What or Who is the obstacle?
What is at stake if MC doesn't get it?
Mary said YA sales are up %30 and kids are online and want to get to know authors. Great market potential for books in a series... especially for MG authors.
Her suggested length for the different kidlit areas:
PB---- 500 words
She said to stay away from your MC being 14 or 15 because kids like to read up and there's a gap with protags in the 14-15 age range.
She said you should always submit work/queries simultaneously.
Don't write in the style you think kids should be reading, but in how they want to read.
She suggested these books for kidlit writers:
Writing Great Books for YA (Brooks)
Spilling Ink (Mazer & Potter)
Writing the Breakout Novel (Maass)
On Writing (King)
Man, I so need to read those. Gotta find the time to do it all! I'll have more on Mary's webinar later, breaking it down into MG and YA.
I had a fab costume party on Saturday. Check out my White Queen costume below.....
Ha ha! Good for a laugh, right?? Lots of great "queen" costumes: zombie queen, 4 Cleopatras, Queen Mary, 2 Dairy Queen employees, Snow White Queen, Queen of controversy: Lady Gaga, 2 beauty queens..... lol! Good times!
Happy Monday! How was your weekend??