We’ve come to the end of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies Week.

But don’t worry, I’ve saved the best for last.

I’m giving away 2 FREE E-book copies of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies.  This means that if you win, you won’t have to bug the mailman and wait for the post to arrive. You’ll simply open your email and you can start reading the book right away. (You get to save some trees as well!)


If you have no idea what I’m giving away, click on this link so you can read the review I wrote on this fabulous book.

And if you want to know more about the book’s equally fabulous author, click here. You can read my interview with Deborah Halverson and learn all about her writing journey—and her triplets!

Oh, and Deborah wants me to share the WYAFFD Cheat Sheet link with you all, because she’s generous like that.

So how do you win a copy of this super helpful and fabulous book?

Simple, just Leave a comment below and tell me why you’d like a copy of the book.

That’s it. I’ll pick the winners based on a random draw.

But wait!

The more creative your answers are, the more chances you have of winning. If your comment/answer tickles my fancy, I’ll add another slip of paper with your name on it to my drawing bowl.

Why? Because I love encouraging people to unleash their imaginative and creative sides.

What? Your creative muse has gone on vacation? Aww…well, you can still increase your chances of winning simply by sharing the link to this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking sites you might have. (Of course, you have to share the link on the comment you leave here)

What if you’ve left a creative comment and shared the link everywhere? Well, then you must really, really want to win. Let’s say you’ve shared the link on your Facebook and twitter, and you left a creative comment, then you’ll have three slips of paper with your name on it in the drawing bowl.

I’ll announce the winners next week.

Good luck everyone!

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47 Responses to “Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies Week: Book Giveaway!”

  1. Christina Kitroeff says:

    First of all, what a GREAT cover – it not only grabs you but it encompasses the edginess of YA (plus it’s a metaphor – YA spray-painted on brick, because this book will teach us the building-blocks and foundation of YA lit.)

    And Deborah Halverson has already been helping us all so much at deareditor.com, it would be awesome to have all that info in one ebook.

    Link to twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/christinafiorio
    Link to facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1824430649

  2. Laura C. says:

    I zipped right over here when I heard it was an e-book contest! I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of Deborah’s book. I don’t enter contests for paper books since I live in Egypt, and I know they would be too hard to mail (the camel caravan is notoriously slow, you see). But an e-book would be fabulous!

  3. Will says:

    Good luck to the contestants! I’m not in the market for a YA book, but hey, Kudos to those that are. Have a great day!

  4. Rachel Levine says:

    Oh, I’d like it because I write and love to learn about the craft.

  5. Please enter me for the book giveaway. Here’s the link where I posted your contest on my Facebook.
    http://www.facebook.com/kathy.higgscoulthard

  6. Jodelle Brohard says:

    I would love to win this book as I am currently working on revising a YA novel and I need all the help I can get!!

  7. I’m super excited about Deborah’s YA for Dummies book. I’ve been revising the same novel for two years now and could really use some new advice.
    Please enter me in your giveaway!
    Best,
    Kathy H-C

  8. Janet Smart says:

    Hey, I would love to win this e book! I write for children and YA and sometimes I feel like a dummy, so this would be a great read for me. Thanks for the contest. I will share this on my facebook page, too.

  9. Vong Bidania says:

    Oh my gosh! I would absolutely love to win a copy of this book for so many reasons, but the two biggest are these: first of all, I know it will serve as a great reference for me and really help me with the YA manuscript I’ve been working on and secondly, my husband is tired of my stacks and piles of books lying all over the bookshelves and floor of our house. An E-book will be awesome. Thanks for doing this contest!

  10. D.L. Cocchio says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love to win a copy of this book since I am so close to having my first YA novel complete. It may help push me to the top in perfecting it. Let me know if I win! Thanks.
    Debbie

  11. I have just recently dug my way out of the underworld with the help of my varmint friends, Frankly and Spiteof. After twelve years underground, how I arrived there, is quite frankly, still a mystery to me. One day I woke up and I was in a cave lit like a sunset with colored crystals. There was a kitchen, bedroom and lots of food in a freezer. The only thing missing was video games but there were stacks and stacks of books, like Gone With The Wind and Green Eggs and Ham. Eventually the crystals changed me and gave me many abilities. Frankly, my fuzzy, furry friend popped through a crystal one night as I was reading aloud. We became fast friends and together we explored underground sites of ancient civilization. Then one day we bumped into Spiteof, who is a sad, sorry soul, with her pouting and self-doubting ways. In spite of the magnificent adventures we had digging into old civilizations I wanted to find my parents. Now here I am on the surface of the world. Spiteof ran away the first day when she looked at an image of herself in a still silent pond. Frankly said I should write a book, because in spite of the fact that we lived underground for ‘who-knows-how-long’, I taught them how to read, and our pouty friend Spiteof actually devours books. My fuzzy friend, Frankly, thinks that I should write a young adult book to explain about our adventures underworld exploring old Indian tombs. Maybe Spiteof will read it and we can all be together again. But there is a problem with that idea; frankly I don’t know a dang thing about writing for young adults. I heard about this contest to win “WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION FOR DUMMIES” and Frankly convinced me to enter, he said, and I quote: “As sure as the sun never shines in the underworld I am the biggest dummy when it comes to writing for young adults!” In spite of the fact that Frankly insulted me I know for a fact that he spoke the truth. Help me find my dear, sweet but sullen friend, Spiteof, and, please forgive the horrible comment I’ve left on your lovely web site!
    Thanks and sincerely,
    Holie Molie

    • Nev says:

      Love this one! very creative!

    • j.r.w. says:

      This comment is really creative. The authur should consider writing a novel based on the comment alone. I loved the way she ended the short story with “As sure as the sun does not set in the underworld I am the biggest dummy when it comes to writing for young adults!”

      What a great way to indicate that she deserves a free copy of your book ‘Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies’!

  12. Joyce says:

    I want to win this book because not only does it sound like a great reference for a writer, but also because I’ve entered every contest “The Editor” has had (with bonus entries of course), and she always picks someone else. My turn.

    Joyce
    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

  13. Laura says:

    I’ve never won a contest
    I want to very badly
    If I don’t win
    I’ll be feeling vey sadly
    I promise not to use
    These adverbs which are lame
    Or attempt poetic verse
    So please-please draw my name!

  14. I want a WYAFFD book because I hired Deborah to critique one of my YA novels in the hopes that I’d get gentle guidance and hand-holding through the editing process. Instead, I got an assertive and VERY witty hand-slapper who told me to “Get a voice!” I’m paraphrasing here, but I can’t thank Deborah enough for jarring me out of my adult writing persona and into the YA world! With her firm and funny guidance, I snagged two highly coveted first-place contest awards for my writing this year.

  15. Cathe Olson says:

    I have been hearing so many great things about this book . . . in fact one of the women in my critique group has it and loves it. Unfortunately, she is using it so much, she can’t loan it to me.

  16. I love the cheat sheet and I’ll take any help I can get. I can usually find value in every book I read. Like they say, take what you can that is helpful and ignore the rest. The more we know, the more we grow. BTW, I like your bolg. I’m glad I found it.

  17. Yep, you’ve sold the book to me. It sounds like a ‘must have’.

    (And apologies for the delay in responding to your 7 x 7 award. I’m working on it. It’ll be my very next post… Honest! 😉

  18. Mike says:

    I’m a longtime book editor just now expanding into YA. This would be a much needed resource. (But hey, if I don’t win it, I’m undoubtedly going to purchase it. The reviews have been tremendous!) Thank you for the opportunity…

  19. Yahong says:

    Thanks so much for this opportunity! I’m in Canada up here, and you don’t know how hard it is to get books shipped north, what with all the snow and everything, you know. Plus, half the time the polar bears who pull the sleds chew on everything. So I’d love an e-book version of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies. 😉

  20. Kathy Stemke says:

    I just read through my emails and saw one from deareditor. I thought I won the 20 page critique. I was jumping up and down. Then I opened it and found it was a confirmation that she had gotten my entry. Boo hoo! I’ve published 3 picture books, but I’m writing MY FIRST NOVEL and it’s a YA historical fiction. I could really use this book blog, facebook and twitter. (links below) AND you know my husband, Anthony from grits and groceries. Will that get me another chance? hehehe Thanks for the opportunity! kathy
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/kathymarescomatthews.stemke
    http://twitter.com/intent/tweet?status=Writing+Young+Adult+Fiction+for+Dummies+Week%3A+Book+Giveaway%21%20http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thewritingnut.com%2Fcontest%2Fwriting-young-adult-fiction-dummies-week-book-giveaway%2F
    http://educationtipster.blogspot.com

  21. I wish I could win this book, according to the title it would suit me.
    Actually, I would give it to my spouse, kathy stemke, the education tipster, who is writing a historical YA novel.
    Please wish me luck as this book would be a wonderful tool for her,
    Thank You.

  22. Kathy Stemke says:

    Just wrote a comment complete with links that disappeared when I pushed submit! I’ll try again.

    When I opened my emails this morning, I saw one from deareditor so I thought I won the contest! I jumped up and down. Then I opened it to find it was simply a confirmation of my contest entry. Boo hoo!

    I’ve written 3 picture books, but I’m now writing MY FIRST NOVEL. And it’s a YA historical fiction, so I could reallt use this book. And by the way, I qualify as a dummy. I shared this blog on facebook, twitter and my blog. http://educationtipster.blogspot.com Oh, by the way, you know my husband, Anthony Stemke. Will that get me another chance? hehehe

    Thanks for the opportunity,
    Kathy

  23. Meghan K. Grey says:

    I would super super like to win this book so I can continue to corrupt the minds of youngsters! Mwahahaha!

  24. Sue Ford says:

    I think I’m more of a mg writer, but just in case not, I’d love to add this book to my collection. I know I’d learn a lot from awesome Deborah Halverson by reading it non-the-less. Sorry, not coming up with humor.

    • Sue, it covers MG as well as YA. The title uses the general umbrella application of the “Young Adult Fiction.” All the techniques can be applied to both categories, the players are the same for each, and writers often dabble in both categories. Where the different audience sensibilities come into play, I talk about each audience separately. Got you MG writers covered!

  25. Martin Shone says:

    If this book will help me to write a YA novel, and
    if I get said novel published, then
    I will give you a great big smacker of a
    thank you
    :-)

  26. I totally want this book, cuz like, I know for sure that young adults are like so totally NOT dumb. OMG, they are anything but that. It would be awesome if IWYCTD (I won Your Contest Today, DUH.)

  27. Anita Saxena says:

    Would love to read this book and learn how to improve my YA manuscript.

  28. Great title . . . and how else can I possiibly win one of these awesome books if I don’t enter. I really, really need some tips when writing for the YA audience. I think I have a knack for teen drama. I’ve lived in a home with three teens and a five year old who thinks she is. Thanks for the give-a-way

  29. Thank you for this awesome giveaway. I keep trying to win a copy. Maybe on of these times I’ll succeed.

    I really need this book. Every time I start out to write a young adult novel it morphs into adult. I need to learn how to get inside and stay inside a teenager’s head. Boy, that’s a scary thought. I hope I survive the boy craziness, and the cliques and returning to high school.

    I’ve learned so much from dear editor. I can’t wait to see all The Editor’s wisdom in one book!

    I’ve also shared this post on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/HaleyWhitehall/statuses/127584077300776960

    And I also shared on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002587875755

  30. Krysten H says:

    Ooh, I have had my eye on this book for a while and my husband seems to think the power bill is more cost effective than me buying another book. I personally think the book would warm me from the inside out, but he prefers to turn on the heat. He needs to think outside the box.

  31. Suzanne says:

    I work with young adults all day as a high school librarian and I would love to know how to take all the stories I hear from them and create YA literature that they would relate to, relish, and actually read!!!!

  32. Rod Riggs says:

    It’s with reluctance but honesty that I compete with other self-admitted dummies. I capped a career as a daily newspaper reporter and editor by publishing two picture books, with mild success. The next project got too long too fast, so I thought to make it a YA offering. It’s in about the 30-somethingth rewrite. After reading current YA stuff, I find I need guidance. Seriously.

  33. Jules says:

    Hi….What a great idea for a “Dummies” book! I think at some point every adult experiences the communication gap that lies somewhere between being a kid or young adult and thinking, “I get it….I was a kid once too.” We all believe we are still in touch until that sometimes crital moment in time when we have to admit that just maybe we aren’t as “with it” as we feel. I remember thinking, ” Oh man! You are sooo clueless” about adults in my life! Somehow…..especially for those of us without children and teens constantly in our lifes the ability to connect becomes more distant.

    I have always had a passion for writing. I have cherished it as an outlet….a centering device of sorts and I have successfully incorporated it into my life throughout my work experience. That said, I find myself with an opportunity to change careers and I am determined to make writing a priority! I have been encouraged by friends and family to direct my energies toward authoring children/ teen books. I am excited about this!

    At the same time…..I find myself in need of honing my tween communicating skills to help my great nephew. He is a great kid but he is working through something the schools have labeled as “selective mutism”. It is exactly what it sounds like…..he talks only when and with whom he chooses. At 12 it is becoming a real challenge. The great news is that after much encouragment from all of us he has discovered his talent for writing and has penned some awesome heartfelt letters to several! This is a gateway to wide open communication for him and I want to take advantage of this opportunity!

    My written words have helped me make it through many challenges in my own life as wel as the lives of others through the years and now I have this unique opportunity to help someone near and dear to me. So this book presents me with and amazing tool. Not only would it empower me personally but I believe it would enable me to speak to a tween on a more familiar level….at least perhaps to help me to more effectively “hear” what he has to say and to be able to respond in kind.
    I think YA will give me a better voice on both fronts!

    Thanks! Jules

  34. Lynda Young says:

    Good luck to those entering. (I don’t think I can compete with the entries so far). I’ve read portions of this book and it truly is brilliant.

  35. Talli Roland says:

    I don’t write YA so I’ll gracefully bow out, but good luck everyone!

  36. Lynn Rogalsky says:

    Dear Ms. Deborah Halverson,
    If we were sitting down over a cup of tea or coffee right now (maybe we are, only on opposite sides of the computer screen), I’d hand you the beginning of my YA manuscript.
    Paging through it, you say, “Oh Lynn, here I’ve got something I know will help you.” And to my delight, you hand me a copy of your must-have inspiring and informative, “Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies.”
    I’d read and apply it, no longer feeling like a ‘dummy’ (lol) as I continue to write my YA novel, because your book is by my side guiding me along the sometimes tangled writing and publishing path!
    This unpublished writer and aspiring author thanks you for the contest!
    Now, how about a refill on that cup?
    Sincerely,
    Lynn R.

  37. I’m sure someone will find that useful! I don’t write YA, but I love the Dummies books.

  38. I’m in need of more writing resources, and I’m hearing great things about this one. And I love the dummy books. They’re so organized and concise.

  39. I really, really want this book. It is on my Christmas list for Santa to bring. I am currently working with Deborah on picture books and an easy reader but have an idea for a YA. I know I need to devour this book before I start. So there you have it – crossing my fingers, toes, elbows, eyes…

  40. […] join the giveaway, enter HERE. You have until tonight, as I will be drawing names from my magical drawing bowl on Saturday! […]

  41. Bev Ehresman says:

    I am interested because I stayed up until midnight to hear your intereview about this book with Cheryl Johnson and it sounds awsome. Bev

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