Children's Books & YA Authors

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A group to connect YA and children's book authors. 

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Hello everyoneI I am so excited to be on this group!


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Hi everyone, I finally released my YA Fantasy book on Amazon last week! I have a similar question to Paul Franklin - does anyone have experience managing a YA mailing list? Many (/most?) of my readers will be over the age of 18, but the book is 13+, so there will be teenage readers. I was considering adding a PS to my emails, 'For readers under the age of 18, please check with an adult before replying' - or something to that effect!

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Hi Team. I'm new here. Trying to reengage with my writer life after COVID doldrums. I write for young children. I might be party crashing: is this group for unpublished writers? Or only published authors?

Is anyone else a member of SCBWI? Their Work In Progress Grant submission deadline is 15 April. I'm trying to decide which of 6 ready manuscripts to submit....

Nissa

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I need some suggestions, please...

My MG novel has a cast of six supporting child characters (and two main child characters). They're all 12 or 13. Three of the supporting characters are interesting: stroppy pre-teen girl who hides her intelligence to remain popular; snobbish aristocratic boy who grasses on one of the adult characters to get her sacked; giant, irreverent, funny, generous boy. That's all fine. Happy with them.

But I have two more boys, both of whom are necessary so I don't want to cut them. They're very intelligent and very nice, but that's about it. How on earth can I warm them up and bring them to life? With the others, I just created a couple of key characteristics and they developed into real people as I was writing. The other two boys are about as sparky as a piece of damp blotting paper.

Please help!

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I have two books. I don't know how to categorise them into reading age. The first is called The Mystery of Far Anchor Bay - it has ghost stories, monsters, secret societies, robots and evil villains and I think is for a slightly younger audience. The next one is The God of Edever - pure science fiction with teenage protagonists on a ruined alien planet. How does anyone make a determination about the age group the novel is aimed at?

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Hi there. I'm new here so it's great to meet you all. I'm hoping that you experienced people might be able to give me some advice! I'm planning to self-publish a tween novel for 10-14 year olds (with probably more appeal for boys). I've been sorting out a website and reader magnet, etc. and I just wanted to know what people's experience has been around forming a mailing list. Do you aim it at the young readers themselves or their parents? Has anyone done either of these things and what has the response been like? The material in the self-publishing video course is really good but it doesn't really address this particular issue, so any experience or advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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Hi everyone, I hope you're managing to stay warm! I have a question on POV that I was hoping one or two of you might be able to help me with. I have read numerous times that the fewer POVs in the story, the more the reader engages with the characters. In my previous draft, I had a whopping 7 points of view, and in this new draft I'm doing my best to keep it down to only 3 or 4. There are a couple of scenes, however, where it would make much more sense to have it from a different POV, since the main characters are in a different location, and what happens to this character is so exciting that I don't just want the main characters to find out about it... What are your thoughts on this? Is it best to be ruthless and stick to the main POVs, so as to keep the reader following the story through the eyes of your protagonist(s), or can you deviate and throw in a scene here or there from a secondary character? Thanks.

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Attempt at a synopsis take 2: I've tried to decide which parts of the story to flesh it out with. Is this enough for it to make more sense? 

Synopsis – The Magic Beach Hut by Kate Backhouse 

JAKE and his family are booked into MRS MACAROON’s guest house for their summer holiday. Mrs Macaroon is a horrible, grumpy and frightening lady and their first night there is so disastrous that they check out. The family think that the holiday is over as they can’t find another guest house so they set out to enjoy a single day at the beach before returning home.

A chance encounter with a mysterious old man leads to Jake’s sister POLLY finding the key to a dilapidated beach hut. They go inside and find themselves in a grand old house. Going out of the front door takes them back to the modern holiday resort but going out of the back door takes them back in time to a Victorian village where they meet a boy called ALF.

Alf is a bad and miserable boy who nobody likes and their first meeting is very unsettling. He is a liar and a thief and he throws stones. Polly’s instinct is to fight back but Jake realises that there is sadness behind Alf’s anger. Alf does not have the kind of secure and loving family that Jake and Polly take for granted. By befriending him they gradually transform him into a good and cheerful boy eventually giving him his first ever birthday present, a toy train from the magical house. It turns out that Alf is Mrs Macaroon’s grandfather. As Alf changes so too does Mrs Macaroon so she becomes a lovely colourful old lady by the end of the book. Her transformation culminates in her giving Jake the same train and through this Jake and his family discover that kindness is the strongest magic of all.

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Attempt at a synopsis. My story is aimed at 7-8 year olds. What do you lovely people think?


Synopsis – The Magic Beach Hut by Kate Backhouse  


JAKE and his family are booked into MRS MACAROON’s guest house for their summer holiday. Mrs Macaroon is a horrible grumpy lady and their first night there is so disastrous that they check out. The family think that their holiday is over as they can’t find another guest house so they set out to enjoy a single day at the beach before returning home.  


A chance encounter with a mysterious old man leads to them finding the key to a dilapidated beach hut. They go inside and find themselves in a grand old house. Going out of the front door takes them back to the modern holiday resort but going out of the back door takes them back in time to a Victorian village where they meet a boy called ALF. 


Alf is a bad and miserable boy who nobody likes and their first meeting is very unsettling. However, by befriending him they gradually transform him into a good and cheerful boy. It turns out that Alf is Mrs Macaroon’s grandfather. As Alf changes so too does Mrs Macaroon so she becomes a lovely colourful old lady by the end of the book. Through her transformation Jake and his family discover that kindness is the strongest magic of all. 


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Hello Everyone :) I'm new to the group, and I'm happy to get to know you! I am currently working on my revisions for a MG contemporary fantasy, and I was wondering if anyone was doing revisions at the moment, and wanted to buddy up and chat about the process? English is not my first language, and I always find it's so helpful to talk to fellow writers and exchange tips and feedback. Let me know if you'd like to connect :) 

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Stephen Gold and Anne Dimeur, check out this children's poetry contest!

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Hi, is anyone on here interested in buddying up to motivate and help break free from procrastination?  I’m a YA writer, thriller/suspense and would like to find someone I can chat with on a regular basis to set and review targets to help me get back on track with my writing.  I’ve been homeschooling my son since the start of lockdown one, which has pretty much killed my creativity and the ability to communicate effectively with anyone over the age of six 😵