Category Archives: YA

YA Books: How Much Vulgarity Is Too Much

Here’s a column in The Daily Telegraph that  discusses what seems to be an abundance of vulgar language in When Mr. Dog Bites, a book by Brian Conaghan, published by Bloomsbury in the UK. The columnist, Martin Chilton, finds the language objectionable and inappropriate for YA audiences, despite the warning on the back that it [...]

New Year, New Children’s Book!: Fulfill Your Children’s Book Resolution

Isn’t  it convenient that the end of PIBOIDMO (Picture Book Idea Month) comes just a month before the New Year? That means you’re all set up to keep those resolutions to finally write that children’s book. At least, that’s the hope, right?  If you are still stuck, though, here are a few extra kicks in [...]

You CAN Judge A Book By It’s Cover…And Most People Do

This one is for all you self-publishers.  You have complete control over your book.  You get to decide not only what goes in between the covers, but what goes on them as well. That’s a fun and daunting prospect. The cover-design process at a publishing houses can be very fraught. There are lots of perspectives [...]

The Bone Season: Samantha Shannon’s Story

I always think it’s inspiring to hear about an author’s road to publication. Here’s Samantha Shannon talking about her first failed effort and eventual success with The Bone Season.

Dialogue Tags: Just Say “Said”

…or asked. I’ve been thinking a lot about dialogue tags lately and how common it is for new writers to want to “mix it up.” It’s not necessary. If it’s not clear who is speaking and you need a tag, use the most straight-forward one:  ”asked” or “said” as needed. If it feels necessary to [...]