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The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Young-Adult Fiction Authors

Best-selling writers including John Green and Veronica Roth share their strategies for crafting authentic, relatable teen characters—even in fantasy worlds.<p>Young-adult fiction, commonly called "YA fiction," has exploded over the past decade or so: The number of YA titles published grew more than …

Harlequin TEEN & Hearst's Seventeen Partner Young Adult Book Publishing

NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- <i>Seventeen</i>, the largest monthly teen magazine, and Harlequin TEEN today announced a book publishing …

What Does 'Young Adult' Mean?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>Y.A. for Grownups is a weekly series in which we talk about Y.A. literature—from the now</i> …

Why Gay Characters Matter

Many of us at one time or another have belonged to a minority. Maybe you grew up a man with many sisters. Maybe you're the only one who likes a juicy hamburger in a crowd of vegans. Left-handed? Night owl? Deaf? At some point you may have looked to the left and looked to the right and wondered, …

What Does it Mean that Most Children's Books Are Still About White Boys?

<i>This article is updated from a version published earlier this year in Role/Reboot.</i><p>One day when my daughter was in third grade, she had to explain to a classmate what sexism was. Four kids -- two boys and two girls -- had been put in a reading group together, given a basket full of books and asked …

Books

The Adult Lessons of YA Fiction

Stories about growth, change, and epiphanies resonate in a different way when you're older.<p>“When critics decide its time to pull up the gates and seal us all inside our castle of grown-up things, they cease to be people who deserve being listened to.”<p>So writes author John Warner, in his commentary …