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Writing Irresistible Kidlit-the Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole

By Dianna Dorisi Winget

If you Google craft books on writing for children you’ll be overwhelmed by the thousands of results. Many of these books offer at least some good advice, but you can’t spend all of your time reading instead of writing. So if you’re serious about writing for middle grade or young adult readers and want to cut through the clutter to the very best advice, check out Writing Irresistible Kidlit, (Writer’s Digest Books-2012) by former literary agent turned professional editor, Mary Kole.

I have a bit of a special connection to this book as Mary Kole was my agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency while she was working on it. In fact, she was actively submitting my debut middle grade, A Smidgen of Sky at the same time she was finishing up Writing Irresistible Kidlit. Both books were published in 2012.

Far more than just a helpful, entertaining book on the craft, Writing Irresistible Kidlit offers a wealth of candid commentary and insightful observations as it delves into vital topics such as getting into the middle grade and young adult mindset. How to tell if your idea is big enough to sustain a novel. Themes, big ideas, and big questions as they pertain to plot. Plus a wealth of information on developing a career in Kidlit. Each chapter also includes bonus tips—words of encouragement, advice and personal experience from top industry professionals and bestselling authors.

If you want the skills, techniques, and know-how to craft memorable stories for teen and tweens, Writing Irresistible Kidlit can give them to you. You can check it out here. Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers – Kindle edition by Kole, Mary. Reference Kindle eBooks @

Also, be sure to check out Mary’s blog at, frequently named one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” by Writer’s Digest Magazine. Kidlit | How to Write and Publish Children’s Books


Dianna Dorisi Winget is a long time SCBWI member and the author of six middle grade novels for young readers, including A Million Ways Home—winner of both the Kansas William Allen White and the Missouri Mark Twain Award.  Find out more about her and her books at