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Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies
By Deborah Halverson
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011
ISBN: 978-0-470-94954-2

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - January 17, 2013

>From learning just what qualifies as young adult fiction to pitching your finished manuscript to book publishers, Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies is a gold mine of information for both novice and seasoned writers looking to break into the young adult fiction market. This book was written by Deborah Halverson who worked as a book editor for Harcourt Children's Books for ten years, and has since gone on to publish several novels for teenagers. She is the founder of, a website filled with a plethora of helpful advice for authors. Halverson also answers readers' questions via this website. It is very informative and you should check it out if you are serious about writing and getting your book(s) published!

As with most of the "for Dummies" books, this one is written in an easy to understand style interspersed with handy tips, warnings about potential pitfalls that you might encounter, and reminders about important information that you cannot afford to overlook. Throughout, Halverson's advice is to the point, practical, and it highlights the differences that you will find between writing for young adults and other genres. Although this book concentrates on writing fiction, much of the information in this book also applies to writing young adult nonfiction.

In all, there are eighteen chapters in this book, divided into five parts. The chapters are preceded by a short introduction that will help you get the most out of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies. In a nutshell, Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies ably serves as a self-study guide for writing YA fiction, and marketing your finished book. This book will be of most use to those new to the YA market, although those already writing YA fiction, but not get published, will also find some helpful tidbits of information that will help them make the leap to becoming a published author! Written by an insider, this book gives you the information you need to make a start writing young adult fiction. Happy writing!

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