The writing advice Hanley gives seems geared toward very new writers, and I didn't find it particularly helpful (Seriously, defining genres like "mystery," "horror" and "sci-fi" is a complete waste of time for anyone who doesn't live under a rock). She also includes several interviews with publishers and editors, who offer some helpful, behind-the-scenes advice.
I decided to read this book in between revisions of my current young adult novel as I gave myself my typical "rest" between drafts or writing projects. While filled with sound advice, this guide leaves plenty of room for individual styles.It covers the process of writing a young adult novel from idea generation to publication, and even gives a balanced perspective on self publishing.
I think for a beginning writer, everything that you need in brief touches on the art of writing for YA market is right at your fingertips here. There are touches upon when to show and how to tell, and certainly useful information about the publishing industry and how to market yourself in traditional publishing as well as indie publishing.
The writing exercises don't break new ground. One particular exercise prompted me try and shrivel the book with a withering glare - to summarize: imagine an animal, stone and plant seperately. Write what you know/feel about them and then research them.
In a clear, concise manner, Hanley uses her own personal experience as a published author as well as Q&As with literary agents, editors and other authors in explaining all the steps from deciding to write a book to the ultimate accomplishment after arduous efforts, having your work being published. And if you're eager to learn more writing tips and information about the publishing industry, but feel there's not enough provided in Wild Ink, Victoria Hanley has also given recommendations to other novels that may prove to be useful as well.
I decided to read this book in between revisions of my current young adult novel as I gave myself my typical "rest" between drafts or writing projects. It covers the process of writing a young adult novel from idea generation to publication, and even gives a balanced perspective on self publishing.
I've read many good books on novel writing, but this one is geared for writers who want to break into the ever so popular YA genre. It's easy to read, well-organized and covers everything you need to know to write for teens, get an agent, and learn about the YA publishing industry. What I also found unique about this book is that Hanley includes tons of interviews with YA authors, and also some agents and publishers.
The second edition of Wild Ink provides approximately 200 pages of valuable information about writing for the young adult market covering areas such as selecting topic and tone, understanding genres, marketing your book to a publisher OR choosing to publish independently, and other topics that are applicable to ALL writers, not just YA authors. However, most of this book is valuable to ANY author, even those aiming at adult readers. As I said, Wild Ink provides approximately 200 pages of valuable information.
And Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market hasn't changed my mind. But, for someone who is interested in exploring the possibility of writing, Wild Ink has a lot of helpful and inspirational information. But, in addition, many other popular authors' works are quoted.