Newsflash: Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies Virtual Book Launch

posted 6/21/11

Dear Readers…

My new book Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies hits stores July 5, and I’m hoping you can help me spread the word about my 7-day virtual book launch June 29-July 5 on

Daily giveaways, free downloads, excerpts from the book… read my full post for more.


7-Day Virtual Book Launch!

To celebrate the publication of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies, from June 29-July 5 here on, I’m featuring daily “Free First Chapter Critique” giveaways, free downloads, excerpts from the book, and profiles of the 13 amazing authors, editors, and agents who so generously contributed sidebars to the book. As the grand finale, I’m giving away a “Free Full Manuscript Edit” on the final day.

The book itself is filled with great features, including:

  • tips for targeting an audience, finding an angle that’ll make the story stand out, and writing a killer hook
  • an extensive chapter on self-marketing to help writers move boldly into the realm of self-promotion
  • techniques and exercises to shape plot, create teen-friendly characters, develop a convincingly youthful voice, write natural dialogue, and use setting to illuminate characters and plot
  • 13 National Book Award winners and finalists, Newbery medalists and honorees, and other award-winning luminaries sharing their insights in sidebars
  • self-editing tools to transform a first draft into a strong submission-ready final draft
  • insider tips for finding the right agent and/or editor and preparing a stand-out submission package
  • answers to common book contract questions
  • advice on self-publishing for YA writers

Above all, I aim to guide writers in developing a style that appeals to young readers. Finding one’s own voice and style is especially important to me.

I’m really proud of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies. Writers of all levels will get a lot out of it—and have fun along the way. I sure had fun writing it.

Shout-outs via social media, your blog, email to friends, posts in your writers forums… any mention you could give the book and the launch would be hugely appreciated. You can send the curious to:

Thanks ever so much!

The Editor

P.S. For more on this topic, read Giveaways, WYAFFD Virtual Book Launch
posted by: The Editor
under: Giveaways, WYAFFD Virtual Book Launch
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    1. Heather Meloche wrote (on 06/21/11 at 9:09 am) :

      Very exciting! Can’t wait to see the book! Word of the launch is spread on my end.

    2. The Editor wrote (on 06/21/11 at 9:48 am) :

      Thanks so much for spreading the word, Heather!

    3. Delores Jefferson wrote (on 06/21/11 at 9:30 am) :

      Can’t wait to crack it open and start using it.

    4. The Editor wrote (on 06/21/11 at 9:49 am) :

      I appreciate your kind words, Delores. Enjoy!

    5. Carol Riggs wrote (on 06/21/11 at 9:52 am) :

      Great timing!! I will help spread the word on my Wednesday blog post tomorrow. Adding the info right now…. Thanks for the great opportunity for writers! And best wishes for your exciting book launch. 🙂

    6. The Editor wrote (on 06/21/11 at 9:54 am) :

      Carol, you’re the best! Thanks so much for taking the time to blog it.

    7. Dorothy Dreyer wrote (on 06/21/11 at 10:06 am) :

      You know you’ve already got my support. 🙂

    8. The Editor wrote (on 06/21/11 at 10:16 am) :

      And you know you’ve already got my love, Dorothy. 😛

    9. Laura Chesterson wrote (on 06/21/11 at 11:49 am) :

      This is fabulous news! I’ll be spreading the word in all my groups and forums, and sending people your way. You’re my fav editor, and I’m dying to get a peek at that book! Thanks so much for everything you do.

    10. The Editor wrote (on 06/21/11 at 11:59 am) :

      Many thanks, L!

    11. Bill wrote (on 06/21/11 at 11:57 am) :

      My copy is already on pre-order from Amazon. I can’t wait to read. I’m in search of some inspiration lately.

      And I have a first chapter ready. I can finally submit to one of your contests.

    12. The Editor wrote (on 06/21/11 at 11:59 am) :

      Ha! I should do first chapter critique giveaways more often, shouldn’t I, Bill? Note to self…

    13. Pamela DuMond wrote (on 06/21/11 at 12:08 pm) :

      Sure thing! I’ll put your link up on my Cupcakes novel FB page as well as my personal page. What date do you want it up? The Cupcakes page automatically goes to twitter.

      Yay for you!

    14. The Editor wrote (on 06/21/11 at 12:14 pm) :

      Would you mind putting it up the first day of the launch, Pamela? June 29. That would be awesome! Thank you.

    15. Pamela DuMond wrote (on 06/21/11 at 12:17 pm) :


    16. Mayra Calvani wrote (on 06/21/11 at 1:44 pm) :

      I’ll be getting this book for sure! Congrats on its release, Deborah!

    17. The Editor wrote (on 06/21/11 at 1:50 pm) :

      I really appreciate the good wishes, Mayra.

    18. Sally Spratt wrote (on 06/22/11 at 10:23 am) :

      Deborah, I just posted the virtual book luanch info on my blog! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

    19. The Editor wrote (on 06/23/11 at 8:59 am) :

      Thanks, Sally!

    20. maddie wrote (on 06/25/11 at 8:47 pm) :

      I’ve already told a friend to buy this book. He’s a great writer and has been honing his skills. Good Luck!

    21. The Editor wrote (on 06/26/11 at 6:57 am) :

      Thanks, Maddie. I hope it’s just what he needs.

    22. Susan Kaye Quinn wrote (on 06/27/11 at 7:53 am) :

      Posted on FB! Good luck with your launch!

    23. The Editor wrote (on 06/27/11 at 10:04 am) :

      Thanks for your good wishes, Susan!

    24. Beth wrote (on 06/27/11 at 9:13 am) :

      This is awesome! I would love to win a download. How do we enter? (I am so spreading the word).

    25. The Editor wrote (on 06/27/11 at 10:03 am) :

      Very cool, Beth. Stop in here,, on June 29, the first day of the launch, and the instructions for entering the giveaway will be there. This will be the case for all 7 days. Thanks for your enthusiasm and kindness in spreading the world!

    26. Lillian wrote (on 06/28/11 at 5:48 am) :

      I just found out about your book launch and will add it to my blog post today–and a tweet, too! I can’t wait to read the book!

    27. The Editor wrote (on 06/28/11 at 10:02 am) :

      Thanks so much, Lillian. One day to go… exciting!!

    28. Jennifer Davis wrote (on 06/28/11 at 10:11 pm) :

      I’m spreading the word on FB and Twitter!

    29. The Editor wrote (on 06/28/11 at 10:19 pm) :

      Thanks so much, Jennifer!

    30. Traci VW wrote (on 06/29/11 at 6:55 am) :

      Wow! What a great opportunity. Congrats on your launch. I’m going to have to check out this new book. I’m now going to go pour over the Cheat Sheet. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us all!