Writing for children - with middle grade and YA fantasy author Diane Zahler

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Writing for children and young adults is what Diane Zahler does best. She’s the writer behind The Thirteenth Princess, A True Princess and Princess of the Wild Swans, Bakers Magic . When she’s not writing fiction for children, she’s writing textbooks for them or indulging her love of history. Diane lives in New York, with her husband and dog, Gulliver.

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There is no one journey. The important thing is to write and to read.

 


Diane talks to us about:

  • Her writing journey

  • How she got her agent and the benefits of having one

  • What publishers look for in manuscripts

  • How to be noticed in the slush pile (she used to read the slush pile!)

  • The nuances of writing for children

  • Her writing style, and how she’s stayed true to it throughout the years, even when she received criticism for her “quiet” style.

  • Her writing process and what inspires her for every book

  • Her only piece of writing advice that she would give to writers

  • Her submission process once the manuscript is written

  • How she works through her editorial letters

  • The value of a copyeditor

  • Why she prefers smaller publishing houses

  • Why she chose fairy tale retellings

Her favourite writers:

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