The Den: A blog about children’s and YA genre fiction

The Den: A blog about children’s and YA genre fiction

Story prompt: lesser known monsters
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I read this picture book to my son recently and thought woah, I haven’t heard of half these creatures! An A to Z of Monsters and Magical Beings by Aidan Onn and Rob Hodgson is a gorgeous illustrated guide to 26 monsters from around the world and if, like me, you live in the west, you may not have come across some of these characters before. You’ll find the usual suspects like aliens, ghosts and vampires, but some may be new to you, like: Eloko, dwarves living inside hollow trees who entrance passing hunters Far Darrig, the Irish ‘red men’ who like practical jokes and tripping up travellers (I’m Irish, I should’ve known this one!) Jinn, Arabian genie-like creatures made of fire who grant wishes in return for good deeds Roc, a bird so strong it can carry an elephant in its claws Xing Tian, a Chinese giant who lost…

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Middle grade and YA on display! Libraries in July
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A great way of discovering what books are big at the moment is to look at your local library’s displays. They might put out the newest releases, books on a particular theme or current trend or even just books they recommend, and you don’t even have to go hunting through the shelves to get them. Remember that a sign saying ‘new books’ doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve recently been published – they may have been out for a while but be newly acquired by the library. This tells you something useful, too, because there’s a reason they decided to acquire and promote the book now. Has it recently become popular? Is it being turned into a film? Is there a sequel coming? Now, my son and I really, really, REALLY love libraries and we’re lucky enough to have three lovely ones within walking distance (Morden, Raynes Park and West Barnes) so…

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Origin Story: David Rogers
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First up in the new Origin Stories series is the lovely David Rogers, author of middle grade sci-fi adventure CHOMP! Charlie Carter and the Monster Pike. I did a developmental edit for David way back in January 2020 and had so much fun with it – how could anyone not have fun surrounded by so many fish puns? David went on to self-publish the book and really worked his butt off with marketing and getting it into stores (and check out his website – it’s a triumph!). He’s currently working on the sequel but found time to answer a few questions about the books that shaped him into the kidlit author he is today. What book are you currently reading? I bought The Kid Who Came From Space by Ross Welford on a whim, just for something to read the last time I was in an airport waiting for a plane.…

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Writing prompt lucky dip #2
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In the last post I introduced my middle grade and YA writing lucky dip, where I offer up four ingredients for you to mix up in your cauldron and turn into something fabulous. Use them as you will! ONE PHOTO ONE SONG Willow’s Song by Magnet ONE SHORT FILM ONE OPENING LINE When I first found the bag hanging from the foot of my bed, I didn’t notice it was moving.

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Book in the Spotlight: The Game Weavers
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The following was originally published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Dystopian fantasy Authors should read this for: evocative world-building, clear goals, high stakes * * * Rebecca Zahabi’s gorgeous debut YA novel, The Game Weavers, is set in a magical dystopia where conservative world leaders have fostered an intolerant, anti-LGBTQ culture. The national sport is Twine, a game that sees weavers like youth champion Seo Kuroaku spin unique creatures from their fingertips like thread, setting them against each other in battle, and Twine fans aren’t too progressive when it comes to gay rights. So when Seo is outed after a one night stand with Jack, it could spell the end of his career for good. As he navigates his feelings for Jack and tries to keep his little brother, Minjun, safe in a world…

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Book in the Spotlight: The Winter Duke
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Fantasy Read this to study: Magic systems, gorgeous world-building, flawed protagonists, slow pace * * * It’s the night before her brother, heir to the icy throne of Kylma Above, is due to choose his bride and Ekata Avenko is counting the hours until she can leave her cruel parents and murderous siblings behind for a new life at university. Politics and power struggles bore her; sixteen-year-old Ekata just wants to study science, and maybe to get a peek underneath the frozen lake that separates her world from the underwater Kylma Below. But when her entire family is struck down by a mysterious illness the night before the brideshow, Ekata is the only Avenko left to take on the title of duke.…

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Book in the Spotlight: The Midnight Lie
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Fantasy Authors should read this to study: romantic subplot, luscious world-building * * * As a Half Kith, Nirram needs to stay in her lane. She’s forbidden from wearing coloured clothes, owning a mirror or decorating her home in anything but muted tones, and she definitely can’t go beyond the wall. Those luxuries belong to the High Kith, and anybody found breaking the rules must pay a tithe – maybe hair, maybe an eye or, if they’re lucky, just a few vials of blood. Nirram knows this is how things have always been, and there’s no use questioning the status quo. Nobody can remember a time before the militia ruled the Ward before a wall kept the Half Kith away from the…

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Book in the Spotlight: All the Stars and Teeth
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Fantasy adventure Authors should read this to study: Strong romantic subplot, fully developed supporting characters, violence and gore in YA * * * In the kingdom of Visidia, the air fizzes with seven types of magic and citizens may choose which they wield, though they must never practise more than one or they risk losing their souls forever. But for young Princess Amora Montara, next in line to become High Animancer, there is no choice: she must master her family’s dangerous, potent soul magic in order to prove herself worthy of the throne and protect her people from forces far darker than anybody can imagine. When her time comes to demonstrate that soul magic to her subjects, she loses control…

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Origin Story: Siobhán O’Brien Holmes
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Hello, folks! I’m really excited today because I’m starting a new series on the blog where I ask published middle grade and YA authors to share five books that made them the writer they are today. Think of it like a cross between Desert Island Discs and The Guardian’s The Books That Made Me but designed specifically to help and inspire emerging kidlit authors like you. A lot of my clients tell me they never read their own genre or target age group or that they actually don’t read at all, which is a huge shame because we all know you have to be a reader to be a writer! I hope this series will get you thinking about the stories that brought you this far and demonstrate how the books you read throughout your life are like a trail of breadcrumbs leading up to the author you’re going to…

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Study people like you’re about to play them on TV
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I’m not really one of those ‘people watchers’ you find sitting in café windows or on park benches, glancing around as the world goes by, trying to figure out everyone’s story as they pass. When I was studying for my Novel Writing MA, a read lots of advice that said writers must love watching people; we have to be observant and curious and pick up on the little things others might miss. Well, let me tell you, that ain’t me. I’ve never once studied a stranger on the bus and invented their life story, or spotted an elderly couple angrily elbowing each other in the supermarket and dropped them into my novel. I’m too caught up in my own thoughts and anxieties to notice strangers so much. Being a people watcher is a great attribute in a writer, because you’ll pick up on behaviours and mannerisms that will make your characters more…

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A Monday in the life of a kidlit editor, writer & reader #1
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This series is my contribution to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults.  I spend my days with my head in a book so I thought it was about time I joined in this lovely blog hop and shared what I’ve been reading with you! The majority will be middle grade and YA because, let’s face it, they’re my life, but I also get through a heck of a lot of picture books with my four-year-old son so I might a few of those, too. I hope this monthly series will also be a chance for me to fill you in on what I’m up to at work and with my own middle grade WIP. I know editors can seem like a mysterious breed so if you’re thinking…

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Book in the Spotlight: Diana and the Island of No Return
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: Middle Grade Genre: Fantasy adventure Authors should read this to study: well-drawn friendships, clear character goals, fast pace, strong supporting cast * * * Aisha Saeed’s Diana and the Island of No Return is the first in a new Wonder Woman trilogy aimed at middle-grade readers, and it kicks off the series with a bang. Saeed explores Wonder Woman’s origins as 12-year-old Princess Diana of Themyscira watches the Amazon women of her island train for battle, dreaming of the day when her mother might let her become a warrior, too. But today there’s a distraction: it’s Chara, the annual festival that brings the most powerful, talented and intelligent women from all over the world to Themyscira as they celebrate their cultures together. Diana can’t…

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10 articles for MG and YA genre authors to read this month: May
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Happy May, awesome authors! I’m going to quickly skip over the fact that I missed out April and move along to bringing you my monthly round-up of interesting, useful or just plain fun articles from around the internet that I think writers of middle grade and YA genre fiction might find helpful or just get a kick out of. Tor EDU: Genre Publishing 101 This webinar is a great, accessible introduction to genre publishing and what goes on inside the industry. Writing Young Adult Romance: Crushes and Chemistry It’s my hero Mary Kole! Mary talks here about writing believable relationships that hinge on more than just physical attraction which is so important in YA. Sidewriting Takeover: Why Sidewrite? (And What Is It Anyway?) I’d never hear this practice referred to as sidewriting before but essentially this is about the extra writing and exercises you do to figure out your story,…

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Industry news! Get extended access to StokerCon 2021 🤡
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I’d been so excited for the Horror Writers’ Association’s virtual StokerCon this year and was absolutely planning to attend ALL the sessions but sadly my life is a giant ball of chaos and I ran out of time to sign up and take part. Sad face. But then they announced yesterday that all those ridiculously busy people like me could still sign up and gain access to the recordings for three days. Happy face! If you haven’t already, I really recommend purchasing an Extended Access ticket sharpish. I’m planning to have the sessions run in the background all day today while I work and I’m particularly looking forward to: Classic Horror and Why We Still Love It Horror in Fairy Tales Panel Music in Horror Panel Tone and Setting History of the Gothic Folklore in Horror And of course, for you kidlit authors, there’s: 2021 YA Authors Summer Scares Author…

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Wolf School: Species of Wolf
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Hello, class! Ah-wooooooooooooooooooooooo. I’m so excited you’ve joined us for the first day of Wolf School. I’m Constance and– Can I eat them now?  What? No, Merricat! Of course you can’t eat them. They’re here to learn from us. Really, how many times do we have to go over this? I’m so sorry, everyone. Don’t mind my sister, she’s perfectly harmless. She’s never so much as scratched a human in her life. She’s just going through a bit of a phase at the moment and– You mean because I’m a werewolf? It’s not a phase and you’d better hurry up and get used to it.  I’m not talking about this now, Merricat. Because you don’t want to admit I’m a werewolf.  You are not a bloody were– Oh goodness, I’m so sorry, class. This is utterly unprofessional of us. Let’s forget this nonsense, shall we? I assure you my sister…

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Analysing The Tale of Laughing in the Dark
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It’s the most fun in the park when you’re laughing in the dark! I have a soft spot for this episode because I love any horror featuring creepy fairgrounds, although I was slightly perturbed on rewatching to discover that the backstory of Zebo the clown is very similar to a plot thread in my own middle grade novel. In this AYAOTD? episode, the original Zebo the clown stole money from the fairground in the 1920s and, trying to flee, accidentally burned down his own haunted house with a lit cigar. His ghost (and cigar smoke) now haunts the new spook house. In my story, a Victorian serial killer burns down the haunted house in a fairground while trying to escape the police and is now rumoured to haunt its grounds. Did this episode somehow infiltrate my subconscious 25 years later? Or have I just watched so much AYAOTD? that I’m now…

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Lessons from R. L. Stine’s Masterclass #2: Write for fun!
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I talked recently about my love for R.L. Stine and his fabulous masterclass for children’s authors and today I’m going to do that a bit more. For this post I’ve chosen a lovely quote from the course that really resonated with me, and I hope it will speak to you a bit, too: Why can’t you just write for fun? Why do you have to write from the heart? I’ve written hundreds of novels and I’ve never written one of them from the heart.   For years, I was very self conscious about my creative writing. I’d pumped out god knows how many stories, poems and plays throughout my childhood (all pure gold) but as an adult, I clammed up when I sat down to type. I thought I needed to say something profound, to ‘bleed’ onto the page like the famous writing quote orders us to do. I didn’t…

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10 articles for MG and YA genre authors to read this month: March
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Happy March, lovely authors! Here’s my monthly round-up of interesting, useful or just plain fun articles from around the internet that I think writers of middle grade and YA genre fiction might get a kick out of. Pluckley: The 15 horrifying ghosts and chilling nightly screams in Kent’s most haunted village I’ve been researching setting for my own middle grade novel this week and I love this list of the many, many terrifying things reportedly going on in Pluckley. Red lady in the graveyard – that feels like a middle grade horror waiting to be written. When is The Society season 2 released on Netflix? Cast, plot and season 1 ending explained YA fans will love The Society, a dark mystery series following a town of teenagers whose parents go missing without a trace overnight. I’m so pleased to hear the second season is on its way after being paused…

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Tips from the pros | Writing scary sounds in MG & YA horror
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Sensory description is so important in any genre of fiction, but in scary stories it can add a chilling, leave-the-lights-on-tonight-please-mum atmosphere to an otherwise flat scene. In fact, you should write with all your senses; it’s easy to focus on what your characters see, but think what the reader is missing out on. Show us that distant creaking gate your MC hears walking through the park at night, or the floral perfume they can’t get off their clothes, even though they didn’t put any on. In a previous post I talked about describing a graveyard setting in your horror novel using all the senses and today I’m going to widen the setting but focus on just one sense: hearing. So, how do you go about writing scary sounds in your horror story? How do sound effects translate to the page? My top tip is to learn from the pros. When…

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Know your audience: middle grade
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Unless you’re ten, it can be hard to get into the mindset of your young readers when writing middle grade fiction. Schooldays are a distant memory for most of us, but even if we could remember them clearly, things have changed a little since our day. When I was in primary school, we spent our lunchtimes playing with Pogs and swapping stickers (and there was that one weird summer where we all walked around with dummies in our mouths – don’t ask), but trends move on and children’s tastes change. So, how do you figure out what’s on their minds these days? You do your research! This post isn’t about getting into the mindset of a middle grade reader by thinking like a child and harnessing your own memories or understanding how children’s brains and emotions work. Those are really important things to consider as a writer and I’ll be…

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Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole
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A while ago I started a series in which I give you a very, very quick introduction to some of my favourite writing guides. These books will typically be aimed at authors of middle grade or YA, or they might be genre specific, focusing on writing horror, sci-fi, fantasy or mystery. This week I’m discussing an incredible guide by an incredible woman, literary agent Mary Kole. What Mary doesn’t know about children’s publishing isn’t worth knowing, so this book is one I’d recommend devouring cover to cover as soon as you can! Best for: Middle grade and YA authors of any genre.   Chapter 1: Kidlit Market Overview Here’s why I advocate for the shorter manuscript (and it isn’t because I’m drowning in slush and want to read less): Some middle grade readers are still finding their literary confidence. They may have recently come to middle grade after chapter books,…

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Fleshing out your secondary characters with Greg House
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I’m going way off-piste today with this post: it’s not about fantasy, horror, sci-fi or mystery (well, House is a medical mystery show, but I’m not sure that counts) and there isn’t a middle grade or YA reader in sight. But it tackles something I know a lot of my author clients struggle with so please bear with me! So, I’m a huge fan of the American TV series House – I think it’s one of the greatest US drama shows of all time – and I watched an episode this week that got me thinking about secondary characters in fiction and how important it is to know their backstory, even if we don’t show it all on the page. If you don’t watch it, House is a medical drama following Dr Gregory House, a brilliant but antisocial diagnostician who flouts the hospital rules and manipulates everyone around him. At the centre of…

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Creating empathy with universals and ant mothers
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I recently worked with a YA sci-fi author whose protagonists were non-humans permanently floating in space and trying to survive. It’s unlikely teenage readers from Earth will be able to empathise with this plight, so I recommended my author limit her marketing to the more distant planets like Uranus and Neptune. Okay, not really. I suggested she find something universal in these teen characters that readers could identify with. Parent trouble, crushes, internal conflict. So what if these things aren’t human? They’re still human, am I right? I was playing with my son, Caeden, in the garden the other day and he started watching an ant crawl across his chalk drawing. I could tell he was about to try and squish the ant out of sheer curiosity and I stopped him just in time (hey, I’m not a monster – or am I? mwah ha ha ha ha I’m not)…

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Obstacles and goals in Sex Education
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You’ve probably noticed editors and writing teachers are always banging on about the importance of obstacles in fiction. That’s because if you give your characters exactly what they want right away, they won’t have anywhere to go from there. Characters need to have clear goals and it’s your job to dream up conflicts that stop them achieving those goals (you big meanie). Obstacles create tension, increase excitement, force characters to make decisions, reveal their personalities and give your protagonist the chance to change and grow. I watched Netflix teen comedy Sex Education earlier this year (such an excellent show) and the main romantic plot jumped out at me as a perfect example of goal vs obstacle. Here’s the timeline of this particular plot thread [Spoiler Alert!] which focuses on lovely, awkward teenager Otis and his bad-girl crush, Maeve. Protagonist Otis’s goal is obvious: get the girl. Otis and Maeve start…

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The Magic Words by Cheryl B Klein
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I adore reading books about writing and I have several favourites that I always recommend to everybody. When I read them for the first time, I cover the pages in pink highlighter (sorry to the sensitive book preservers amongst you) and write up the best bits in an Evernote notebook so I can search for them later, and I thought I could share some of my favourite highlights with you here. I decided the best way was to give you one excellent tip or quote from each chapter of each craft book, so you can lap up some of these fabulous experts’ advice but also get an idea of what the book is about and whether you should buy it yourself. I hope you find these useful! I’m starting with my number one favourite craft book, The Magic Words by Cheryl B. Klein. Introduction Klein, an editor at Scholastic Inc., lists…

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Lessons from R. L. Stine’s Masterclass #1: No moralising
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Last year I took R. L. Stine’s masterclass on writing horror for young readers and it was utterly fascinating. I was a huge Point Horror fan as a teenager and still read a lot of middle grade and YA horror now, so I knew I had to sign up for this course. Just minutes in and I’d completely fallen in love with him. I wholeheartedly recommend the class to anybody remotely interested in writing kidlit because Stine is such a joy to listen to and hilarious to boot. There’s so much good stuff in his webinars that I’m going to take this one post at a time, looking specifically at his writing values and the advice he gives writers of middle grade and YA horror. This week, he answers a question he gets asked a lot: What are the morals I’m teaching? None! There aren’t any. The main moral lesson is ‘Run!’…

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The Shining as a romcom: notes on genre conventions
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When I use examples to talk about writing craft, I really try to stick to books, TV and films that are aimed at a middle grade or YA audience, but I am such a huge horror fan that it was inevitable some grown-up movies would sneak into the blog eventually. Sorry about that – regularly scheduled programming will resume shortly, honest! One of the reasons it’s important to know your genre is so you can get to understand the conventions and reader expectations of those types of books. If you’ve never read or written a mystery, for example, you might not know that readers expect the riddle to be solved by the end of the book. And if you’re not familiar with cosmic horror, you might not know that readers actually expect an unhappy ending. It’s absolutely fine to subvert conventions and give readers a surprise but you need to…

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Analysing The Tale of the Phantom Cab
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Welcome back, genre authors, to what is quickly becoming one of my favourite blog series ever! In the last post I explained that I’m going to be analysing each episode of Nickelodeon’s 1990s Are You Afraid of the Dark? TV series, exploring the horror tropes, themes and techniques the show uses to scare and captivate young viewers (and, ahem, slightly older ones). You may have noticed that I started the series with The Tale of the Lonely Ghost, which is the second episode of the show, and today’s episode is actually the pilot. There’s a very good reason for that: I don’t love The Tale of the Phantom Cab as a story, and I wanted to kick off with a gem. But despite my personal misgivings, The Phantom Cab is actually a fan favourite and the antagonist, Dr Vink, returns in a further four episodes across four seasons. He’s a great example of…

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Can I include edgy content?
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Welcome back, authors, to the YA Fundamentals series, where I talk about the common problems and points of confusion I see in my clients’ manuscripts most often. Next up is content: can you talk about mature topics like sex, violence, drugs and alcohol in YA novels? This is one of those blurry areas that doesn’t have totally clear-cut rules and you’ll sometimes have to go with your gut when making choices (which is one reason to read lots and lots of YA fiction so you can build a good overview of what other writers are doing and what seems acceptable in the current publishing landscape). Those pesky grownups Although YA is for young readers, there are adult gatekeepers that have a say in what books those young readers are exposed to. Sometimes that’s the parents, sometimes it’s librarians or teachers. YA isn’t regulated by gatekeepers as much as middle grade,…

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How long should my story be?
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Welcome back to the YA Fundamental series, lovely authors! Today I’m talking about word count in YA manuscripts, which is something I see my clients getting in a muddle over all the time. And for good reason! There’s lots of conflicting advice out there, and just when you think you’ve got a handle on the ideal book length in your demographic and genre, you pick up a bestseller that’s 50,000 words longer! So, what is the magic number? As always, the rules about book length aren’t set in stone but there are conventions and expectations for each age bracket so it’s important to understand these before making choices about your own manuscript. If you’re seeking traditional publication, you want agents to see you as professional and well-informed about your industry, and submitting a YA book that’s short enough to be middle grade or needs cutting in half can indicate that you…

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Welcome to The Den!

Hello! I’m Siobhán, a developmental editor of middle grade and YA genre fiction. This blog is aimed at indie authors who write for a young audience, particularly those working on horror, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery or anything with a dash of magic or macabre.

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Here are some lovely things my gorgeous clients have said about me. When I'm having a bad day, I like to read these and eat Cadbury's Creme Eggs.

‘Your generous effort has already made the book better’

Thank you SO much for all your notes and for the honesty. I read them all and they’re extremely helpful. I’m very grateful for you taking the time. Your generous effort has already made the book better. 

Chad Lutzke | YA horror beta read
Several pennies have actually dropped’

 

I’ve had a look through everything and wanted to thank you so much for the forensic view of my novel. It’s the first time I’ve had a developmental edit like this completed and it has been, in turn, horrifying, enlightening, surprising and confidence boosting! But I guess you’ve probably seen that before. In many respects, several pennies have actually dropped and I have a firmer idea of what I need to do and will work on more research and reading.
Maria White | MG fantasy dev edit

‘The story has been truly seen for the first time’

I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the hard work you have done on my edit. I am absolutely thrilled with it; the attention to detail and depth with which you went into the manuscript left me speechless. The hashtag system is so handy and the book map made so many things clear for me. I feel like the story has been truly seen for the first time. I will recommend your work without hesitation.

Aisling White | YA fantasy dev edit

‘It’s already helping massively’

I want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for all that you’ve done for me and my book baby. It’s already helping massively. I already love all the three big suggestions you made and I’m really happy you thought it’s a book worth working on as that’s exactly what I’m planning to do 🙂

Martina O'Brien | Paranormal fantasy dev edit

‘I have never felt so quickly understood and supported by an editor’

Siobhan is absolutely brilliant! I’m trying not to sound too gushy but her work truly is astonishing — the best editing I have ever received. Siobhan is a master editor at every level, from word to idea. She is a consummate craftsperson and expert researcher. She is also immensely creative, able to help solve a manuscript’s problems and repair its shortcomings. She is efficient and generous, bright and fun — an absolute joy to work with. I have never felt so quickly understood and supported by an editor.

Sara Cassidy | Children's adventure critique

‘A breath of fresh air’

Siobhan has not only been a breath of fresh air, breathing new life into my first ever draft manuscript, but she’s also provided me with the impetus to get it finished. Her comments and feedback led me to make some hard decisions but these have resulted in a much better book. Here’s to the future!

David Rogers | MG sci-fi dev edit

‘I don’t want our editing relationship to end yet’

I have just skimmed through your brilliant editorial critique and will follow your suggestions and recommended reading lists. I think you have been very good at steering me the right way. I don’t want our editing relationship to end yet. I still need you!

Akin Jabar | MG sci-fi critique
‘I’m really impressed with your critical eye’

 

Wow, an excellent middle grade manuscript critique! I’m really impressed with your critical eye and what you’ve picked up on here – your comments are very astute and your feedback has been very valuable, as always. I agree with almost everything! Thanks a lot for this – I can’t wait to send you another.
John Lomas-Bullivant | MG fantasy critique

‘Absolutely delightful!’

Thank you so much! Working with you has been absolutely delightful! I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Jena Ataras | MG fantasy critique
‘So thorough and rich with insight’

 

What a treat! This is exactly what I needed. Your critique seems so thorough and rich with insight. I will be sure to send you questions if I’m unsure about anything you meant but I think you’re so thorough that I will be able to digest almost everything on my own just fine. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you as well!
Chanya Sainvilus | YA sci-fi critique

‘I will seek a developmental edit much earlier next time’

Well I have read the report and documents and ARRGHH!! But in a good way. I have to say that your comments, suggestions and advice are excellent and I don’t disagree with much if anything that you suggest. They are really helpful and will truly make this book better. Also the pointers will definitely improve my subsequent stories. I will seek a developmental edit much earlier next time as I think this would have made the whole process a quicker and much more streamlined editing process.

Jonathan Evans | YA fantasy critique