Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revision & Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults
By Cheryl B. Klein Published by Asterick Books in 2011
I enjoy reading and studying about writing and publishing through the lens of an editor. I like getting inside their brain and understanding what they want in books, what they think is publishable and what they look for in great writing.
Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revision & Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults is that kind of book. I’ll describe it using Klein’s own words in her “An Explanation of This Book.”
I am a narrative nerd. I love reading stories, taking them apart and seeing how they work, then putting them back together with each iece polished and gleaming…
This book, Second Sight, is a collection of much of my thinking on these narrative and writing topics between 2003 and 2010, as expressed in talks delivered at writers’ conferences and posts on my blog and website…
The talks themselves are arranged in the order I wrote and delivered them, culminating in four interconnected lectures on point, character, plot, and voice, and the practical “Twenty-Five Revision Techniques,” which draws from all the preceding material.
The twenty sections of Second Sight cover Klein’s detailed perspective on the following:
What Makes a Good Book?
Defining Good Writing
Finding a Publisher and Falling in Love
The Annotated Query Letter from Hell
An Annotated Query Letter That Does It Right
The Rules of Engagement
Morals, Muddles, and Making It Through; or, Plots and Popularity
Manifest: A Character Chart
Theory: A Definition of Young Adult Literature
The Art of Detection
Manifest: The Plot Checklist
Four Techniques to Get at the Emotional Heart of Your Story
Words, Wisdom, Art, and Heart: Making a Picture-Book Cookie
A Few Things Writers Can Learn from Harry Potter
Manifest: A Character Creation Worksheet
Manifests: The Character-Based View of Plot, and Plot Types vs. Events
On the Author-Editor Relationship
Recommended Reading: Craft and Publishing
Index by Subject
Acknowledgements and Thanks
About the Author
In reading Klein’s book I’m learning a great deal and reinforcing many things I’ve learned elsewhere. I’m afraid I had to buy a new yellow highlighter for this one!