Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Young Adult Writers Love Reviews From Young Adults
Well just read through the reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million and like - most places.
Since I write mainly Young Adult and Middle Grade, I make it my business to drum up local beta reader groups within the age range. My cousins, nieces, nephews, friend's kids, my daughters book club and local schools have beta read some of my work.
I make this effort because they are my intended audience. However, when I read my numourous reviews (of which I may add I'm extremely grateful for by reviewers on the online websites or even magazines who've reviewed my books) the reviews are from the point of view of adults.
SO REMEMBER when writing Middle Grade, Picture Books, or even Young Adult ... that you have two audiences. You have the youth in which you have to keep engaged, interested, excited about your story, and the adults that review your book from an adult prospective with a less forgiving view point on plot, purpose, message, and direction of story.