Category Archives: Genre Specifics

Fictionary, Part 2: What Genre Do I Write? by Lori Ann Palma

When you start working on a story idea, categorizing it into a specific genre isn’t typically on your list of things to do. But when you go to craft a query letter, you’ll definitely need to place your work into … Continue reading

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Fictionary, Part 1: What Genre Do I Write? by Lori Ann Palma

This month’s EasternPennPoints theme is all about submissions, and if you’re getting ready to query your novel, then you’ll need to know where your book fits into the YA or MG market. First off, YA and MG are categories (the … Continue reading

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Tips on Writing from my Five-Year-Old, by Michele Lombardo

One day, my daughter wanted to know more about the progression of school. Was first grade after kindergarten? Second after first? I took her through each step of the process, from elementary school all the way through graduate school. She … Continue reading

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WORLD BUILDING IN FANTASY FICTION, by Kit Grindstaff

Any of us can probably name a list of literary worlds, fantasy or not, that hooked us and wouldn’t let go. For me, that list includes Hogwarts, Lyra’s England in The Golden Compass, the underground prisons and above-world Tudor-cum-technological world … Continue reading

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Developing Your Protagonist for YA Fiction, by Lori Ann Palma

In the YA section of your bookstore or online haven, you’ll find fiction featuring a wide expanse of characters. Sun summoner—check. British secret agent—check. Cyborg. Check. While the majority of today’s YA books feature a teenage protagonist, age is about … Continue reading

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On Illustration Notes, By Liz Garton Scanlon

Here’s the thing about illustration notes: They are not illegal. They will not get you blackballed in the industry. They will not ensure that your story won’t sell. So what’s the problem? Why the general no-no vibe around authors peppering … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Writing Realistic Dialogue in Young Adult Fiction, by Lori Ann Palma

Most writers will tell you that good fiction is all about the show, not about the tell. Dialogue is one of the most important “showing” tools in a writer’s toolbox, but when it comes to writing exciting and believable dialogue … Continue reading

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