Max writes in a letter dripping in awesomesauce:
“I am of that population segment that is constantly derided as “not reading anymore,” and is therefore treated by publishing companies as a vast, mysterious demographic that’s seemingly impossible to please. Kind of like the way teenage boys think of girls. The reason we read so little in our free time is partially because of the literary choices available to teenagers these days. The selection of teen literature is even more barren now that the two great dynasties, Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl, have released their final installments. Those two massive successes blended great characters, humor and action in a way that few other books manage. When they went for laughs, they were genuinely funny, and their dramatic scenes were still heart-poundingly tense, even after I’d read them dozens of times.”
Let’s review shall we:
The reason we read so little in our free time is partially because of the literary choices available to teenagers these days.
Sound familiar? It should.
Max goes on further to state:
Finally, here is what I consider the cardinal rule of writing for young adults: Do Not Underestimate Your Audience.
Oh man, Max’s letter just goes from great to, well spectacular as Max hits a lot of people with a clue-by-four.
Max, this is my plege to you: My YA Fantasy novel will be as you say. I call it the Max Leone YA Novel – Winter Pledge 2008. Who’s with me?
If it gets published or not is something else entirely. I promise to give you and your friends what you are looking for. I promise to play my part, it remains seen if others will step up to the plate and deliver.