Friday, April 13, 2012

Awesome Blog Post for MG Writers

Anyone else a MG writer? If so, check out this brilliant post on the DG Literary Management blog...

Everything you ever wanted to know about middle grade…and were willing to ask

I especially like this line...

" can always rein an idea in later, but too much of the middle grade that crosses my desk in submission feels like it never got a chance to be as creative as it maybe could have been."

Oh, and this...

"...memorable is important. I think about middle grade being the time when a lot of readers discover “that book”—the one that turns them into a lifelong reader, or explodes their world open with new ideas, or shares exactly the right truth at exactly the right moment in a way they’ll never forget. You know, any time I tell people at a social event like a wedding or a party what I do for a living, there’s an odd compulsion—people simply HAVE to tell me what their favorite book was as a kid. And as an editor, those are the kind of books I want to publish—the ones that a reader of today will recall decades from now as being “that book.”

Yeah, I needed all of that. Really really great stuff.  


  1. Ooooh, thanks for this, Erin! Running over to check it out!

  2. Thanks for sharing, Erin. That is a wonderful post!!!

  3. oh, thanks for sharing!! so true about that time in a kid's life shaping them as a reader... i'm totally inspired :)