Newsflash: Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies Virtual Book Launch


7-Day Virtual Book Launch!

To celebrate the publication of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies, from June 29-July 5 here on, I’m featuring daily “Free First Chapter Critique” giveaways, free downloads, excerpts from the book, and profiles of the 13 amazing authors, editors, and agents who so generously contributed sidebars to the book. As the grand finale, I’m giving away a “Free Full Manuscript Edit” on the final day.

The book itself is filled with great features, including:

  • tips for targeting an audience, finding an angle that’ll make the story stand out, and writing a killer hook
  • an extensive chapter on self-marketing to help writers move boldly into the realm of self-promotion
  • techniques and exercises to shape plot, create teen-friendly characters, develop a convincingly youthful voice, write natural dialogue, and use setting to illuminate characters and plot
  • 13 National Book Award winners and finalists, Newbery medalists and honorees, and other award-winning luminaries sharing their insights in sidebars
  • self-editing tools to transform a first draft into a strong submission-ready final draft
  • insider tips for finding the right agent and/or editor and preparing a stand-out submission package
  • answers to common book contract questions
  • advice on self-publishing for YA writers

Above all, I aim to guide writers in developing a style that appeals to young readers. Finding one’s own voice and style is especially important to me.

I’m really proud of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies. Writers of all levels will get a lot out of it—and have fun along the way. I sure had fun writing it.

Shout-outs via social media, your blog, email to friends, posts in your writers forums… any mention you could give the book and the launch would be hugely appreciated. You can send the curious to:

Thanks ever so much!

The Editor


  1. Great timing!! I will help spread the word on my Wednesday blog post tomorrow. Adding the info right now…. Thanks for the great opportunity for writers! And best wishes for your exciting book launch. 🙂

  2. This is fabulous news! I’ll be spreading the word in all my groups and forums, and sending people your way. You’re my fav editor, and I’m dying to get a peek at that book! Thanks so much for everything you do.

  3. My copy is already on pre-order from Amazon. I can’t wait to read. I’m in search of some inspiration lately.

    And I have a first chapter ready. I can finally submit to one of your contests.

  4. Sure thing! I’ll put your link up on my Cupcakes novel FB page as well as my personal page. What date do you want it up? The Cupcakes page automatically goes to twitter.

    Yay for you!

    • Very cool, Beth. Stop in here,, on June 29, the first day of the launch, and the instructions for entering the giveaway will be there. This will be the case for all 7 days. Thanks for your enthusiasm and kindness in spreading the world!

  5. I just found out about your book launch and will add it to my blog post today–and a tweet, too! I can’t wait to read the book!

  6. Wow! What a great opportunity. Congrats on your launch. I’m going to have to check out this new book. I’m now going to go pour over the Cheat Sheet. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us all!

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