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  1. Plasticweld's Avatar
    Chris, you ad an interesting perspective to YA writing. You are in reality, a stranger in a strange land. I have never been able to relate to the genre, I grew up fast, knowing my faith, religion and values were at a young age. People have always said that they changed a lot from the teen years to adulthood. I am the same boring person now, as I was then. The real benefit is that some of those opinions and thoughts that I voiced as a teenager and were never well received, yet those same views from a cranky old guy seem just fine.

    Thanks for sharing a little slice of your world...Bob
  2. Chris Stevenson's Avatar
    Pardon, but that darn Happy face blew up to that size and I can't figure out why! Ha! That looks foolish.
  3. Stygian's Avatar
    Thanks, I'll do some more googling on the matter. I feel that if I write a story with a sufficiently high body count, or some serious psychological element, it would be better for an adult audience. Then again, the hunger games is based off of Battle Royal (Translated Japanese novel), which had a massive body count. I never read the former, but the latter was pretty messed up for a teen to read. Mind you I was glued to the book when I read it in my 20's
  4. Chris Stevenson's Avatar
    Hi, Stygian. Generally speaking, the reading audience for YA stories and books is from 12 to 18 year-olds, and it is written in a voice or style befitting the way teenagers communicate. Not to say that it is stereotypical, but that the language, or narrative and dialogue, is not so highbrow or complicated. You can Google YA voice/style and get a good perception of it, or better yet, read a lot of YA books, both spec fiction and contemporary to get a more accurate fix on it.
  5. Stygian's Avatar
    What is the distinction between young adult and regular adult books. Is it the writing prose, or is it specifically the characters in the novel being kids/teens/adults? I was thinking of just writing a story and trying to classify it afterwords, but it seems it would make more sense to do the reverse.
  6. Chris Stevenson's Avatar
    Hi, Kaminoshiyo, and thanks for your comments. The special services that Amazon implants are high dollar deductions for the reader and Amazon itself. The author is forced to comply with Amazon special publishing services that make it exclusive. I'm a hybrid author, just one book out of ten, but I haven't seen any significant sales on that one either. It is not the writing and publishing of books that is hard today, but making any sales whatsoever is nearly impossible and getting worse. There is now, ie the article, more books that can ever be read. The pool is already diluted. Literature is at risk. Three years ago the industry was hopeful and proclaimed that audio books would pull us out of it. Guess who the major audio distributor is.
  7. kaminoshiyo's Avatar
    Interesting. I remembered reading about this promotion of indie authors by Amazon, but got cold feet. Not just because I had to pay, but I was paying into a service offered to as many as would take it. In a field where you have to fight for recognition, if exposure is offered to a thousand other writers like yourself, are you really getting a special service?

    Thanks for posting this.
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