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Foreword xxi Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Ready to Write Young Adult Fiction 7 Chapter 1: The Lowdown on YA Fiction 9 Chapter 2: Targeting Teen Readers 19 Chapter 3: Managing Your Muse 35 Part II: Writing Riveting Young Adult Fiction 61 Chapter 4: Writing the Almighty Hook 63 Chapter 5: Creating Teen-Friendly Characters 75 Chapter 6: Building the Perfect Plot 97 Chapter 7: Creating Teen-Driven Action 117 Chapter 8: Setting Is More than Somewhere to Be 133 Chapter 9: Crafting a Narrative Voice Teens Will Listen To . . . and Love 151 Chapter 10: Talking Like a Teen 175 Part III: Editing, Revising, and Formatting Your Manuscript 199 Chapter 11: Editing and Revising with Confidence 201 Chapter 12: The Finishing Touches: Formatting and Finalizing 219 Part IV: Getting Published 235 Chapter 13: Strategizing and Packaging Your Submissions 237 Chapter 14: Self-Publishing: Is It for You? 269 Chapter 15: Mastering Marketing 283 Part V: The Part of Tens 311 Chapter 16: Ten Common Pitfalls in Writing YA Fiction 313 Chapter 17: Ten Facts about Book Contracts 319 Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Make the Most of a Conference 329 Index 339
Deborah Halverson founded the writer's advice website DearEditor.com and was a veteran editor for young adult and children's fiction before picking up a pen and writing the teen novels Big Mouth and Honk If You Hate Me.