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Author Q&A | THE YOUNG ADULT WRITER'S JOURNEY by Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds & Janet Schrader-Post | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents NonFiction

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE YOUNG ADULT WRITER'S JOURNEY by Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds & J...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE YOUNG ADULT WRITER'S JOURNEY by Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds & Janet Schrader-Post, a Non-Fiction available now from Tell-Tale Publishing Group.

The authors will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner.


The Young Adult Writer's Journey
by Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds & Janet Schrader-Post


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GENRE: Non-Fiction


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BLURB:


Finally, an all-inclusive book on young adult fiction must-do, don’t do and how-to. If you want to write a young adult novel, you need to read this book first. Coauthored by an award-winning YA author and an acquisitions editor, both experts on kids and what they like to read, this encyclopedia contains all you need to start or improve a career as a YA fiction author.

From an examination of the market, genre and its sub-genres, to mechanics and the business, everything is at your fingertips. This amazing writer’s resource is written in a relaxed and interesting style, with plenty of contemporary references and examples for clear understanding and easier application.


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Anyone who does or wants to write Young Adult fiction should read this book. There are sure to be some ideas or suggestions that can spark ideas of your own to enhance or guide your writing.


How did you come up with the title of your book?

It’s founded on a firm belief in Joseph Campbell’s A Hero with a Thousand Faces, and his hero’s journey, a breakdown and analysis of the basic structure of all world myths and why they resonate with people on a universal level.


What can we expect from you in the future?

Janet and I are working on a YA fantasy series, Beauties and their Beasts for Tell-Tale’s Enchanted Evenings line. The first is in edits, Annabelle and the Jackal.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Please leave an honest review. We’d love to hear about what you think.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
Never stop reading and writing and most importantly . . . editing. That special magic sparks during revisions. Get a critique partner or two or three . . . who will give you their unbiased, straight talk opinions and feedback.  Listen to it with an open mind. Then decide how you will proceed. 


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EXCERPT:


Joseph Campbell was a professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College, where he worked in comparative mythology and religious studies. He was strongly influenced by Carl Jung's view of myth. In his 1949 work The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell described the basic mythic structure as follows:

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered, and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. (Campbell, Joseph (1949). The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Princeton: Princeton University Press. p. 23.)

His iconic classic deconstructs universal story patterns. In his study of the myth of the hero, Campbell posits the existence of a Monomyth (a word he borrowed from James Joyce), a universal pattern, structure, found in heroic tales in every culture. While outlining the basic stages of this mythic cycle, he also explores common variations in the hero’s journey, which, he argues, is an operative metaphor, not only for an individual, but for a culture as well. Although the stories may vary to suit the needs and beliefs of a specific culture, the underlying universal archetypes remain.

Christopher Vogler used this hero’s journey to write, The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. He simplified Campbell’s 17 steps into 12, handy in today’s 12-step minded society. What he did that was fantastic is make it more accessible for modern writers, who are not always scholars. There are several similar editions, including one for screenwriters. Women like Maureen Murdock have written books specifically about The Heroine’s Journey. Although the steps may vary, the universal pattern, used in a novel or screenplay, creates a story with themes that resonate across cultures. It is so powerful, creating hit after hit, that it was required reading for Disney executives, a company that knows the importance of creating a hero’s journey to appeal to mass audiences. Using this pattern to construct books in Young Adult novels provides the reader with a satisfying experience.

To illustrate the hero’s journey, it’s easier to understand in the context of a classic young adult book/movie, such as Harry Potter, already used to illustrate points throughout this book. It will be broken down for you according to the different stages in The Hero’s Journey, with particular attention to how the journey relates to a YA hero/heroine, the focus of this entire book. Following are some things you need to think of before you sit down to write your first scene.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Daughter of a Colonel, Janet Schrader-Post lived the military life until she got out of high school. She lived in Hawaii and worked as a polo groom for fifteen years, then moved to Florida where she became a reporter. For ten years she covered kids in high school and middle school. Kids as athletes, kids doing amazing things no matter how hard their circumstances. It impressed her, and it awed her. “How wonderful teens are. They have spirit and courage in the face of the roughest time of their lives. High school is a war zone. Between dodging bullies, school work and after school activities, teens nowadays have a lot on their plate. I wrote stories about them and I photographed them. My goal was to see every kid in their local newspaper before they graduated.”

Janet love kids and horses, and she paints and writes. Now she lives in the swampland of Florida with too many dogs and her fifteen-year-old granddaughter. She started to write young adult fiction with the help of her son, Gabe Thompson, who teaches middle school. Together they have written a number of award-winning YA novels in both science fiction and fantasy.

Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds knows kids well. She spent decades teaching teens and adults to write and improve their reading skills. As a literacy expert and certified coach, she helped both teachers from elementary to secondary and preservice graduate students learn to improve reading and writing instruction. She has taught at both the secondary and graduate level, everything from rhetoric, essays, and thesis statements, to poetry, short stories, and how to write a novel. She has learned to use both sides of her brain simultaneously, but enjoys the creative side the most, learning to play piano, draw and paint, and find time for her own writing since retiring from her “day” jobs.




A “true believer” in Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, mythic structures, she uses that lens when considering manuscripts for Tell-Tale Publishing Group, a company she founded with some friends from her critique group a decade ago.

The book will be $0.99 during the tour

Wise Words Publishing, an Affiliate of Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC

We are a small press, a traditional publishing company bringing you the best in E-books, print and audio books to feed your body, mind and spirit. Our cutting-edge fiction includes old favorites and edgy speculative fiction for today's eclectic readers. Our stories will grab your attention and take you on a fast, exciting ride that will leave you breathless. WW, our affiliate, publishes select literature under our Cosmos Imprint and nonfiction titles under our Ivy Tower Imprint. www.wisewordspublshing.com

Founded in 2009, in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Our company motto of "excellence in creative entertainment and learning, " informs our artwork, manuscript selection, editing and publishing.

www.tell-talepublishing.com

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVcMaGh7cng

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Young-Adult-Writers-Journey-Encyclopedia-ebook/dp/B07K3VZ2ZK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-young-adult-writers-journey-janet-schrader-post/1129903135


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GIVEAWAY:

The authors will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



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10 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

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  2. Thanks for hosting our book our your blog! We appreciate all you do for readers and writers.

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    1. It's my pleasure. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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  3. What inspired the story in this book? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Thanks Joseph. It was inspired by YA submissions that missed the mark and a look at what was available for writing YA.

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  4. Great post, I enjoyed reading both the excerpt & interview :)

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  5. Unfortunately I don't have any aspirations to write YA literature, but thank you for sharing!

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