While You Were Out

January 6th, 2009 • Kate

Or not “you” so much as “me,” but in any case, the following links came to me over the holidays, and I wanted to share! First, this review of Let it Snow by Jocelyn over at Teen Book Review. To quote: “Maureen Johnson can always be counted on for hilarity and cheer! I loved it. I laughed out loud. In Target.”
Next, while Robe-Daphne was posting on my behalf, other agents put up some automatic posts as well. (Although they may not have used a robot with a shoe fetish.) Nathan Bransford answered the question of how you can tell if your work is a YA novel with appeal to adults, or an adult novel with appeal to YAs. In part, he writes:

To me the separation between YA and Adult is not necessarily thematic, it has more to do with pacing and presentation. When you read a YA novel the pace tends to be quicker, the books tend to be shorter, and things happen in a more straightforward fashion. While of course there is a ton of variation and exceptions, things tend to unfold on the surface to keep a younger reader interested and engaged.

Check it out!
Lots of authors were busy too. Justine Larbalestier inaugurated “January is Writing Advice Month,” and you wouldn’t do bad to follow all her posts on the subject. She also shared her opinion on the old adage “Write What You Know.” Well worth a close read!
I’m sure I missed other exciting posts and helpful hints over the holidays. What links did you come across that are worth sharing? Post ’em in the comments!

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3 Responses to “While You Were Out”

  1. blythe Says:

    I wonder if the blurry line between YA and adult fiction is just a reflection of the blurry line between YAs and adults. As far as straightforward structure etc. goes, that seems to be true of a lot of fiction targeted at adults. So-called "literary" fiction is often more subtle and errant, although mystery and sci-fi genre fiction both share those characteristics.
    At this point, I'm just hoping any agent who is interested will know where to target my books–because I remain clueless despite Nathan's charming advice.

  2. lotusloquax Says:

    You took mine that are worth the sharing. Love that NB blog. It is so informative. On Wednesdays, I've been doing book reviews too. I review a lot of YA books because I read a lot of those, but I'm no Teen Book Review. I'll have to go check theirs out. Thanks for the link.

  3. DeAnna Says:

    Hey, did you know John Green is that one guy?
    I was trying to explain this to the spouse, but I think I confused him.
    I ran across some entries of a video blog between some guy and his brother but I forgot who it was, and when I recognized him from a jacket cover I bounced all over because it was that one guy who speaks in very long sentences and does not inhale.