Saturday, January 28, 2012

Aimee Friedman: Series Fiction

Aimee Friedman is a Senior Editor at Scholastic, where she has worked for over eleven years. She is also a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction (Sea Change).

Aimee says that kids by nature are collectors, and this applies to books as well. Series books tend to be for kids more so than other types. She points to one of her favorite series while growing up: The Babysitter's Club

Also, she talks about the hooks with endless possibilities, like with Magic Tree House.

When it comes to series writing, Aimee says there are elements to every successful series:

A solid hook with endless possibilities

Characters you'll want to revisit again and again

And an overall series arc/theme that weaves in naturally with each title.

If you're going to set out to write a series, you'll need to do some research first. There are no hard and fast rules, but to understand series and packaging, you should READ. She says it's the best way to learn the genre.

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