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Unreliable Narrators, Plus “Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies” Giveaway Winner


Dear Readers…

We’ve got a winner of the WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION FOR DUMMIES signed book giveaway. Huzzah! Click through to find out who won, and for a tip about making unreliable narrators likeable and believable.


I’m happy to announce that Lauri C. M. won the WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION FOR DUMMIES signed book in last week’s giveaway! Lauri, I’ll send you an email. For all readers, I share this tip from WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION FOR DUMMIES: To win over readers to an unreliable narrator, keep the narrator sympathetic so readers will want to believe him even while they fear they can’t. You can show evidence that he’s been wounded by life or has goodness somewhere in him, have him embody traits that your target readers struggle with themselves and can thus sympathize with, or put him in situations that allow readers to feel bad for him even as he jerks them around. 

Happy writing!
The Editor

The Editor, Deborah Halverson, has been editing books for over 25 years and specializes in Middle Grade/Young Adult fiction and nonfiction, New Adult fiction, and picture books. For her editorial guidance in making your manuscript ready for submission to agents and publishers or for self-publishing, click Editorial services.