We are waiting on Audible. Everything has been submitted, all the fees, etc. have been paid. The ball is in their court. Usually it would be up by now, but they must have a backlog of titles to go through. We will post as soon as we spot it in the wild.
1) what’s the real difference between writing YA and adult books? I ask because of the blog post about sex ed, and also because you asked for questions about writing. So. What kind of guidelines does one sit down with to write YA, even if they’re just vagueish idea guidelines? Are there formal rules or definitions for it, aside from the characters needing to be younger?
Caveat: not a YA writer. People will tell you different things here, no sex, specific themes, etc. To me, the biggest difference between YA and adult is the emotional age of the characters.
For example, a friend once sent over a snippet of her YA novel with protagonist being around 12 or 13, I think, and she had a line in there about liking her new glasses. Both of our children immediately vetoed that, because at that age bracket, girls tend to be too self-conscious to like standing out and wearing glasses after not having them will make you stand out.
Another example: a friend wrote a scene where a group of teenagers enter a tour bus or an RV, I don’t recall which, and the first thing the heroine noticed was the awesome high grade wooden floor. The floor would be absolutely the last thing a teenager would notice. They would notice the bar, the stereo system, etc.
This is why Twilight didn’t work for me. I read the line about the heroine being upset because her father took her on fishing trips and went right into, “Your father loves and cares about you and wants to spend time with you, you ungrateful brat.”
YA books do have a large adult readership, but no matter what those adult readers say about immaturity of the characters, I think it’s important to make sure that kids read as authentic kids.
2) my husband and I have decided to take up knitting. I researched and bought us full sets of 10” bamboo needles (because they were cheap at Amazon, and because a quick Google told me that #’s 6-8 in that material and length were best for beginners), and a bunch of acrylic yarn, and figure a very plain scarf would be the easiest thing to start. What resources — books or videos — would you recommend for loading up the needles, starting a Thing, and showing the Knit stitch? I figure I’ll get that down before we try crazy advanced stuff, like Purling.
Best pattern site: Ravelry.
Do you have advice on how – as a new/ unpublished author – I could get honest, unbiased, and constructive feedback on a book I am looking to get published ?
Answer to question #3 on this post: Click Here.