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Mary Kole ↠ 3 summaryThe title promises a lot and the author is certainly ualified with a background in writing publishing and actingThe Sono with Visits from the Seventh first and last chapters are all about the publishing industry so the title should really say something about writing AND PUBLISHING kidlit Actually this dates the book somewhat with the assumption that everyone is still interested in the traditional publishing route completely putting aside that a lot of new writers will have decided to self publish But even if you do prefer the traditional route if you re a regular reader of the biggest publishing blogs these chapters may not offer muchThe rest of the book might offer a lot if this were theirst book on writing that you d ever read and if you ve stayed away Remarkable Creatures from the chestnuts of writing groups Instead of this book you might read Self Editing For Fiction Writersor the technical bits Save The Cat and McKee or the plotting bits and Bird By Bird or the inspirational bits Kole s chapter on Advanced Kidlit is nothing of the sort and borders on condescending Imagery is a part of the Year 10 English curriculum where I come romWhat this book does offer
that other non kidlit writing books don t is examples rom the kidlit world But asother non kidlit writing books don t is examples Chuck and Danielle from the kidlit world But as by the author herself out of context some of those excerpts can t teach much Better to read the whole bookIn the end maybe the thing I took away is that writingor kids isn t all that different Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old from writingor adults Apart rom the voice which Kole doesn t manage to describe any better than most Better off just absorbing voice by reading lots of great writing than trying to pin it down I conclude And as Maria Nikolajeva writes in Children s Literature Comes Of Age There is still another viewpoint which research on children s literature has uite ignored and that is to approach children s literature as
literature She points out that the writing of Astrid Lindgren when analysed is demanding than the average book writtenShe points out that the writing of Astrid Lindgren when analysed is demanding than the average book written adultsIn this book I guess I was just hoping or something rigorous and Gray Bishop for something specifically about kidlit I was hopingor the kidlit euivalent of James Wood s How Fiction Works which really made me think in a new way about well how Puckster's First Hockey Sweater fiction works That too has a big title that promises some sort of breadth and isn t anything of the sort but I d recommend that book to any writerThis book has introduced me to some excellent kidlit though and I ve now got some excellent new YA books on my to read list I had the dubious honor of receiving one of Ms Kole sorm rejections last summer And after inishing this book I know why In the second to last chapter she discusses ueriessubmissions And to uote her If you re only getting orm declines something s not wo Fantastic Don Captivate the hearts and minds of young adult readers Writing or young adult YA and middle grade MG audiences isn't just kid's stuff any it's kidlit The YA and MG book markets are healthier and robust than ever and that means the competition is iercer too In Writing Irresistible Kidlit literary agent Mary Kole shares her expertise on writing novels or young adult and middle grade readers an. .
Ing or the middle grade or YA markets which did not surprise me About twenty pages at the beginning addresses the middle grade and YA markets and the mindsets of those readers It was not exhaustive but it was thoughtful Although I read The Horn Book regularly I benefited One of the best things were the excerpts The examples mainly Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are from her clients books I believe the author is a literary agent were often interesting even illuminatingIt s worthwhile but don t let reading this eat into your writing time though that s always true isn t it This is a thorough top notch writer s guide Mary Kole brings years of solid experience and insight to the art of writing literatureor younger She
HIGHLIGHTS SPECIFIC KID LIT CATEGORIES ANDspecific kid lit categories and to craft stories that meet their criteria In terms of characterization plotting tone length etc she shows what to do as well as what not to do in order to make your writing stand out in a very competitive market Highly recommended Most books Gaffer for writers are written by writers which makes sense of course Writing Irresistible Kidlit is written by an agent She offers an interesting perspective For example she includes several lists of clich s that she sees all the time in the slush pile plot clich s character clich s opening scene clich s etc And she has lots of tidbits of good advice like Never be satisfied with the level of conflict you ve engineered Always twist it alwaysind a way to make it worse But be careful high stakes should never slide into histrionics Melodrama happens when big emotions clash with a too thin underlying ObjectiveandIn an effort to technically dodge the Show don t tell bullet a lot of writers have
"TAKEN THE EXTERNAL ROUTE TO CONVEYING "the external route to conveying emotions rumbling stomachs beating hearts twisting guts and on and on If I were to go on an actual stage and check my watch or tap my Circumstantial Evidence foot to Wow Like the title states this really is The Ultimate Guideor writing kidlit A Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers few things I loved about this book Ms Kole uses excerptsrom 35 kidlit books to illustrate the writing craft techniues The whole book is a lesson on good voice Her book uses a conversational tone that made it eel like she was just sitting at the table teaching me The market sections She gives an overview of the YA and MG markets the YA and MG mindset and the business side of getting your book traditionally published The craft sections She talks about how to come up with a big idea great storytelling developing irresistible characters and plot and advance kidlit like using imagery and setting word choice and voice and authority and authenticityI m going to read it again with a highlighter and sticky notes in hand It is truly the YA and MG writer s bibleGo orth and read. Ary Kole's candid commentary and insightful observations as well as a collection of book excerpts and personal insights A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping from bestselling authors and editors who specialize in the children's book market are invaluable toolsor your kidlit career If you want the skills techniues and know how you need to craft memorable stories or teens and tweens Writing Irresistible Kidlit can give them to yo. Make my mistake and read it after you ve written your irst novel Read it Summer Meditations first How toor everything Ok THIS is an awesome book There is advice here God Said, Ha!: A Memoir for any writer who is seeking to WRITE young adult or middle gradeiction I emphasize write because so many books now ocus on publishing promoting platform marketing pitching etc etc ETC This book however ocuses solely on writing in its purest orm the CRAFT of writing The advice is wonderful thoughtful and so clearly written that
No Writer Could Readwriter could read book and not walk away with something gained rom itKole does an excellent job of pinpointing the areas that writers need to work on the most the important things and then clearly illustrating how to shape your own writing accordingly She gives loads of examples rom her own shelves to help get her point across in each chapter Another great thing is the lists of writing exercises that accompany many of her sections which if completed are an enormous help in grasping the ideas she is trying to get acrossVERY in depth look at writing or children and teens I loved the differences that Kole makes between MG and YA as well because there IS a difference and it is important to understand it before you begin writing in either of these groupsRecommend recommend RECOMMEND This was such a great resource and was an insightful guide or writing KidLit I wish there wasn t swearing which
"took me a bit to hurdle through but the examples she gave through literature that was on the "me a bit to hurdle through but the examples she gave through literature that was on the today and the way she explained how to craft Literature geared towards kids was superb It confirmed what I was doing and helped me to achieve things I never truly considered thoroughly I used to devour books on writing Now I rarely pick one up mostly because I
Realized I Needed To Spend Time Doing The Writing AndI needed to spend time doing the writing and time reading about Perhaps I beat a dead dog by reading writing books I have a long list of goals when I do but actually realizing them reuires an elusive intangible application of knowledge call it skill or talent if you like a lament I ve made at the start of one of these reviews at least one other time The process is worthwhile and satisfying though call me old ashioned I also sincerely believe writing can be taught I just hope it does not take 10000 hours of practice or a million words of tenacious writing I m willing to sell out in a shorter amount of time people After at least ten years of weekends I m not even half way thereI ll show some restraint I hope and some decency with a uick review Writing Irresistible KidLit contains useful knowledge especially if you enjoy reviews of the basics and the semi basics A lot of it was amiliar character plot imagery big ideas Most of that was not specific to writ. D teaches you how toRecognize the differences between middle grade and young adult audiences and how it impacts your writing Tailor your manuscript's tone length and content to your readership Avoid common mistakes and cliches that are prevalent in YA and MG iction in respect to characters story ideas plot structure and Develop themes and ideas in your novel that will strike emotional chordsM.