Jennifer Hunt is an Editorial Director at Little, Brown for Young Readers.
A little about Little, Brown:
-original publisher of Little Women and Catcher in the Rye
-do not believe in chasing trends
-a boutique publisher with a very focused list
Pillars of great YA writing:
-An authentic voice is the most important part of an YA book. It must be age appropriate. It must be character specific.
-Authentic Story: need to be able to make the evergreen topics fresh again and again.
Pillars of great YA writers
-They take their work seriously and are dedicated to excellence.
-They respect their audience.
-They are willing to hustle.
Q & A Time!
Too cool when an editor hands out books to those who ask a question. Much editor love for that!
So, of course, I had to ask:
Q: "You fall in love with a book. It has authentic voice and authentic story. Is there a particular thing you find yourself asking of your authors in the revision process?
A: Can you make it more layered? (In the sense of character, Jennifer does not like them to be thin. They are more authentic with many layers.)
POSTED BY JOLIE STEKLY