Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Boundaries of Young Adult

Hello Rejecter,
I am new to writing and have paged down many months on your blog. I'm not sure if you answer this type of question, but I will ask.

I am at the final chapters of a YA. My question to you is my ms to much for a YA? In brief it takes place in a high school and includes relationships, drugs, sex, kidnapping/torture and murder. It has description to feel the emotions, but not to much depth in the sex and drug portions.

Really, anything goes in YA these days. Basically, don't write smut that has no plot, or PWP as we say in fanfic. (Porn Without Plot or Porn Without Point) And don't be excruciatingly descriptive unless you're being raped and it's an autobiography. Then sit back and wait for the awards to roll in.

Also, do you ever give pro's/con's on query letters?

If by this you mean review them, no.


Rachael said...

All that happens in real life. So why should it be any different in books?

Mimzy said...

If you're looking for people to review your query I would recommend sending it to Query Shark.


Just to let you know, I don't know if she posts all the querys she is sent (I'm pretty sure not all make it to the blog) and since it is a public blog, people there can be rather harsh. There was a Wall-E continuation novel that someone sent to the Shark thinking it could be published and...

Well, it got ripped apart a bit. Mostly because everyone was surprised that there are still people who think they can get paid for fanfiction, but also they had taken a children's movie and had the sequel targeted for adults.

Anonymous said...

If you are writing YA you need to read YA. A lot of it. One trip to the library -- which will cost you nothing -- will answer your questions.

YA is broken into two categories:

1) 12+ for "cleaner" books
2) 14+ for books that may contain language, situations, or themes that a 12 year old isn't ready for/isn't interested in.

Off the top of my head, some 14+ books with themes similar to yours:

a) 13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
b) Looking for Alaska, by John Green
c) I Know It's Over, by C.K. Kelly Martin
d) Boy Toy, by Barry Lyga

Cathy in AK said...

There are many adult-geared books that needed to take the PWP lesson to heart. Just saying.

Etiquette Bitch said...

LW needs to learn the difference between "to" (preposition) and "too" (in addition to or in excess) before sending out queries and mss.

Anonymous said...

What is the difference?

Anonymous said...

The other definition for PWP is "Plot? What plot?"

none said...

Funny, a trip to the library usually costs me £3.80.

Ms is the singular and MSS is the plural, but MSS is often used for both.