YA Lit's Attractions
Yesterday I was talking about Scott Westerfield, who has a book reviewed in the most recent Horn Book. On Westerfield's FAQ page he discusses why he's been writing YA fiction recently instead of adult. (He has five adult books but hasn't written any since 2001.) He hits on many of the same reasons Patty Campbell talks about in Drowning in Success in The Horn Book.
The turnaround in YA publishing in the ten years that I have been publishing children's literature is remarkable. Back in the mid-nineties, the general feeling was that teenagers didn't read or at least they didn't read YA fiction. Middle grade novels were a better market. Now adult writers are writing YA because that is where the money is.
Gail's Attempt At Creative Nonfiction
VerbSap has my essay A Night at the Dojang up now. Scroll down to the Nonfiction/Creative Nonfiction section. And, no, that's not me in the illustration at the top of the screen.