How To Tell If Your Manuscript Is YA

This was helpful to me, as I thought if the main character was a young adult, facing issues common among that demographic, then the story would be YA. This clears things up for me. My 12-year old granddaughter was reading “Splintered” last year. She had already read it five times. She loved that book. I asked if I could read it. All was tell until the two teenagers got into touchy-feely scenes that probably progressed from there. The main characters were high school students. I informed her mother (who had not read the book) that I felt it was inappropriate for her age group. She agreed.

Kate Brauning

Being able to accurately categorize your writing as middle grade, young adult, new adult, or adult is an important part of writing for your audience and preparing to query. Sometimes writers assume because a novel has a main character who is a teen, the story is YA, but that isn’t always the case, and it’s not really the character’s age that’s the main determining factor. Many thrillers deal with teens and children, and aren’t YA.

When I first started writing, I thought the MS I was working on was YA because it was about a teen, and it wasn’t really YA. It had several young adult elements, but it was a much closer match to adult fiction. So how do you tell, really, if you are writing YA, or something else?

Here are some examples of works that muddy the waters:

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn is told from two…

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Fiction Writers’ Boot Camp 2015- I’m hosting a conference!

If you’re a YA fan, check out Kate Brauning’s novels, read this post, and see what’s happening in her life. She must be ecstatically exhausted.

Kate Brauning

Hello, friends!

I have been in a black hole of editing, drafting, revising, conferences, and travel for family. Just in case you want the details, between a family reunion on both sides of the family, conferences, and travel for my novel that released last November, this year I’ve been to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minneapolis twice, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Arkansas twice, Colorado, Mexico, and Nebraska. I also moved from Iowa to South Dakota last month. This month, I’ll be going to Indiana for the Midwest Writers Workshop, where I’ll be both attending to learn, helping present a session on pitching your manuscript, and taking pitches myself for Entangled Publishing. I’ve also drafted a new manuscript, revised it, and worked through edits with my agent on a third manuscript. Add that to moving into an acquiring position at Entangled and working with my clients on ten released/soon-to-be-releasing titles, and that’s why…

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Great Website/Info for Self-Published Authors

Attention Authors!



I was scouring the internet last night for information and tips about marketing and how to release my next book (cover reveal, etc.), and I stumbled upon a website, which was amazing. I just wanted to share it with all my fellow writers, in case it could be of use to anyone else as well!

What is great about this website is that the author has compiled a very organized list with hyperlinks to the sources/info they are sharing. For instance,

  1. Free Promotions/Giveaways – There are links to websites that help authors promote their books- ones I had never heard of (aside from the obvious Goodreads). Such as,
  2. Crowdsourcing– Links to sites for this topic
  3. Advertising – a list of FREE links. Such as:
  4. Interviews– a list of websites that interview authors. Such as:
  5. REVIEWS –
  6. Book Tour
  7. Showcase/Sell

There are 119 links to websites…

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