YOUNG ADULT NOVELS
Two years ago, while serving as a volunteer for a seventh grade writing class, I was entering the number of words each student committed to write as part of a NANOWRIMO (National November Writing Month) project. After I recorded the last entry, a student popped up, “What about Mr. Yates?” I had never written YA at that point, but I committed to 60 thousand words. I completed 47,000+ and continued to write until I reached 84,000+ six weeks later.
At the following January SDSU Writers’ Conference, I presented the project to a literary agent, who advised me that the manuscript was too long and that the novel should be written primarily from the protagonist’s point of view. I edited that novel as well as completed another YA novel.
The plan is to publish one this year and one next year. More info on the novel pages.
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