Tracy Marchini

Tag Archives: Middle Grade

Unusual (possibly rabid) Antagonists

My friend, Antlers, is constantly harassed by wildlife. Usually it’s deer, but a few weeks ago it was a potentially rabid squirrel (who, as it turned out, was actually just … Continue reading

June 8, 2009 · Leave a comment

Check Yo’self Before You Wreck Yo’self

Dialogue is hard. It has to advance the plot, not sound didactic and ring true to your character. In young adult literature, this means you’re probably using some slang. Writing … Continue reading

March 12, 2009 · Leave a comment

An Ode to Children’s Writers

I was checking my facebook, which made me think again about the joys (and stresses) of children’s publishing in such an interconnected world. And then I thought – Children’s writing … Continue reading

February 5, 2009 · Leave a comment

Seeking Agented Authors

My brilliant editor friend Anne Heltzel at Razorbill is currently seeking agented submissions. Anne is looking for: “Quirky, humorous middle grade or YA with a strong hook and a distinctive … Continue reading

February 4, 2009 · Leave a comment

Coming Attractions

I finished (I think) revising the middle grade mystery last week, spent all day Friday and most of the weekend sick in bed, and am now amazingly busy at work … Continue reading

February 3, 2009 · Leave a comment

Middle Grade Mystery

Yesterday I managed to squeeze some time in to write during the Thanksgiving festivities. (What I should say is “I managed to write in between eating 1/3 of the dinner … Continue reading

November 28, 2008 · Leave a comment

A Very Exclusive Writer’s Retreat

This weekend, starting Saturday morning and ending sometime Sunday afternoon, I will be on an extremely exclusive writer’s retreat. This retreat is so small, so limited in space and so … Continue reading

November 11, 2008 · Leave a comment

MG-11? YA-15?

In the UK, it’s common for publishers to put the age range on the cover of the book. This makes it much easier for the marketing team, book buyers and … Continue reading

November 1, 2008 · Leave a comment

Dragons in Middle Grade Literature

I was browsing through Tumblr, trying to figure out if it would be worthwhile to have a Blogger and a Tumblr account. (Seems it is easier to ‘throw things in … Continue reading

October 28, 2008 · Leave a comment


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