After reading Mary’s Blog and seeing the content I wondered whether this would be beneficial to my manuscript. I have had dozens (hundreds?) of re-writes, numerous critiques, three editing looks, and I put The End on the story of AWESOME SAUCE a few months ago.
I ordered a copy based solely on my admiration for Mary’s words on her blog. They get right to the point. So now after reading her work I can say it is beneficial to authors just beginning to write their story and ones like me who have seen their baby grow up. After the first chapter I realized that WRITING IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT was going to be a critical review of what I had done. And don’t think her words are meant just for a Middle or Young Adult Author—most are spot on for any author.
Based on the advice from her book I found many things perfect in my manuscript. I did strengthen the first chapter and more importantly the first page and could not be more pleased with the results. My antagonist received a tweaking too and made her character much fuller.
Here are 10 reasons to like this book:
- The Table of Contents—Most non-fiction books have a brief topic list. WRITING IRRESISIBLE KIDLIT has full paragraph description of what to expect in each chapter. Very helpful.
- Six things you need to know about your protagonist. Right there on p. 78 you can run your own character through her six requirements.
- Chapter and beginning of book advice. This alone improved my manuscript immensely.
- Actual lines from dozens of published books to get her points across.
- Practice exercises throughout.
- Advice on having a career as a writer.
- Interiority- I’d never heard of it either but my story has a deeper dose of it now.
- Section on Imagery, Word Choice, and Voice. Well stated and important.
- Bonus Tips from professionals.
- It inspired me to be even better at my craft of writing.
Overall this came at a perfect time for me. I was able to read a chapter while thinking of what I had already done and if it needed to be changed. It was like having my college English professor standing behind me and trying to make good words come out great. Thank you Mary!