Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults

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Whether you dream of writing a book for children or young adults, or you want to take a finished manuscript to the next level, it always helps to get a fresh point of view. Try a little Second Sight.

In this collection of talks, a professional editor offers insights from the other side of the publishing desk on a wide range of writerly topics:

* Terrific first lines and how they got that way
* What makes a strong picture book manuscript
* Why the Harry Potter series was such a tremendous success
* Finding the emotional heart of your story
* Worksheets and checklists for building characters and bolstering plot
* The Annotated Query Letter from Hell
* And an Annotated Query Letter That Does It Right

With its wit, intelligence, and practical tools for analyzing and revising your work, Second Sight will be a first resource for writers of children's and young adult fiction.

If you're trying to decide between this book and Cheryl's later title, The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults,, you should know that The Magic Words is a revised, focused, and improved version of Second Sight, and it focuses solely on middle-grade and young adult novels, walking authors through the writing process from the initial idea through deciding how to publish. Second Sight includes a talk on picture books as part of its cheerful hodgepodge of collected essays. Both of them can help you with your writing and offer insights into the publishing business, but if you're working on a novel, The Magic Words is probably the way to go.

This book has not been endorsed or approved by J. K. Rowling or any of her publishers or representatives, and all thoughts expressed here on all matters, including the Harry Potter series, are solely Cheryl B. Klein's own, and should not be taken as the official opinions, intentions, or interpretations of any of the writers or publishers mentioned.

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Cheryl B. Klein has worked as an editor of children's and young adult books for more than fifteen years. She served as the continuity editor for the American editions of the last two Harry Potter novels, and books that she edited have won the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Stonewall Award, the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book citation, among other honors. She is also the author of The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults, published by W. W. Norton in 2016, and a forthcoming picture book, Wings. Cheryl speaks at multiple writers' conferences throughout the year, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please visit her editorial website at www-dot-cherylklein-dot-com.

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How does an editor work with a writer, and help her improve a manuscript? What does an editor think about plot and character and theme and how they must work together to produce a great story? And what are editors like as people? To find answers to these questions, children's book writers have always had to attend conference, read interviews and blog posts, and trade anecdotes and gossip. No longer--they can simply read Second Sight . . . This is not a writing guide--though it contains a sizable amount of very helpful material for writers--because it goes beyond being a writing guide to get its readers thinking about the elements of good children's and YA literature, and to provide insight into the publishing process and the interests and personality of one particular editor. --Harold Underdown, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books

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