Ask Daphne! About College Age Protagonists

September 4th, 2012

In case you forgot, I’m always looking for questions to answer on the blog. Chances are, if you have something you’d be interested in asking me about, someone else does too, or could learn from your question. Send any and all questions to me at In any case, today’s question comes from Katharine, who […]

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YA Lit, and Why Everyone Should Read It

July 27th, 2011

Maureen Johnson brought my attention to a great post this morning on In The Library With The Lead Pipe by Gretchen Kolderup, a YA librarian, about everything that’s great about the category, and why people should read it. It’s a long post, but well worth your time. I just wanted to pull out some of […]

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More on Parenting and Reading

July 7th, 2011

Yesterday saw two YA authors on NPR debating the issue of whether YA is too dark with the author of several essays in the Wall Street Journal that high-handedly suggested that they are. Over and over over the course of an hour and a half of these debates, I listened to people talk about how […]

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Ask Daphne! About Older Characters

April 20th, 2010

Vintage shoes today for Leslie, who asks: I have a new book idea, and before I outline, I’d like your thoughts. The MC is 16, but there is an older adult that factors heavily in the premise. If I have a couple chapters where it’s the older woman’s POV, is the book still considered YA, […]

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Who’s Your Audience?

March 10th, 2010

Sometimes it seems like every query I receive is for the same book — or, more truthfully, the same audience. And I just KNOW that’s not true. For one thing, it seems statistically unlikely, for another, I know that there’s room in publishing for lots of different books, and I’m sure you know that too. […]

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