Sunday, July 17, 2016

Writing and Selling Middle Grade Fiction

Middle Grade books are generally defined as being books for children aged 8-12.... and at the moment, these books are hot-hot-hot. From the commercial successes of titles like DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and Rick Riordan's LIGHTNING THIEF saga, to more "literary" award-winning fare, it seems most publishers are seeking the next great Middle Grade success story.

But middle grade is also a tough category to write for. Much of what appears in the slush pile is cheesy or derivative, or just lacks "spark." So what makes a great Middle Grade novel? What is selling? What are agents and editors looking for? And how can you make YOUR book stand out and shine?

In this live webinar, instructor and literary agent Jennifer Laughran will talk about what's happening in the exciting Middle Grade market, as well as examine some recently published titles to see what they got right. She'll also talk revision tips and tricks to help you take your work-in-progress to the next level.
What you'll learn:
What's selling in Middle Grade... and what just isn't
The all-important "Hook", and what "High Concept" looks like
Finding the elusive Middle Grade Voice
Common mistakes of Middle Grade submissions
Overused beginnings and clichés that can drag down a work
How to polish your work and stand out from the slush pile
What "core curriculum" guidelines for schools might mean for your book