Chuck Sambuchino of The Guide to Literary Agents blogged recently about writing for teenagers and adolescents.  He attended a talk given by an agent and an author and shared nine great tips to consider when crafting a novel for middle grade and young adult readers.  Check out Chuck’s post here.

Some insights included not starting off a work with a graphic event like a suicide.  Hmmm, lesson learned immediately for me.  While it might grab the reader’s attention, it may do so in a negative manner, making them put down the book rather than keep reading.  I’m gently reminded of agent Nathan Bransford’s warning about too much shock and awe.