Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012 Transcript - Agent Night

elissacruz It's time! Welcome to Agent Night, the second session of our Tips From the Pros Series! #MGlitchat -9:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea RT @elissacruz: It's time! Welcome to Agent Night, the second session of our Tips From the Pros Series! #MGlitchat -9:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz The fabulous @karenninaposa and I are co-hosting tonight’s event. #MGlitchat -9:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz But first, a couple rules, since tonight’s format is a little different. (1/3) #MGlitchat -9:01 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea RT @elissacruz: The fabulous @karenninaposa and I are co-hosting tonight’s event. #MGlitchat -9:01 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler I promise this is the only thing I'll say tonight about cats: mainly, that mine is sleeping on the mouse. Sabotage! #mglitchat -9:01 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa Hi everyone! @elissacruz and I are hosting Agent Night. I hope you all have great questions ready. #mglitchat -9:01 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenB_Schwartz Thanks for the info on Tweetchat. I'm here! #MGlitchat #MGlitchat -9:01 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz First, this is not a pitch session. Please do not ask agents if they are interested in seeing your work. (2/3) #MGlitchat -9:01 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PippaBayliss @elissacruz my ears are open and my mouth is full of food - good combination http://t.co/IGhaPCbl #mglitchat -9:01 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz Also, to start tonight's chat, the agents will share their tips. Please hold your questions at this time. (3/3) #MGlitchat -9:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KateMessner Curious about how agents work with MG authors? Check out #mglitchat tonight - sounds like there will be great info for aspiring writers! -9:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill Hey #mglitchat! Hope everyone's well! -9:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

restlessbjas RT @kurtisscaletta: Follow #mglitchat for the next hour to talk to some awesome kidlit agents like @JosVolpe, @literaticat , @Tina_Wexler -9:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske @KarenninaPosa @elissacruz Hello all! Still trying to figure out Tweetchat. I'm sure it's not as complicated as it looks... #mglitchat -9:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz And now, tonight’s honored guests! (Are you all here? Please speak up!) (1/4) #MGlitchat -9:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @kurtisscaletta @JosVolpe @literaticat @Tina_Wexler Nice line-up! #mglitchat -9:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz Jennifer Laughran (@literaticat) is an agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc., (2/4) #MGlitchat -9:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoWhittemore Can't stress the "please hold all questions" enough! :-) #mglitchat -9:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske RT @KateMessner: Curious about how agents work with MG authors? Check out #mglitchat tonight - sounds like there will be great info for aspiring writers! -9:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat Hi everyone! I'm here. #MGLitChat -9:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea RT @elissacruz: Jennifer Laughran (@literaticat) is an agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc., (2/4) #MGlitchat -9:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PBWorkshop Happy to be hear to listen and learn- thanks to agents for coming! #mglitchat -9:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PippaBayliss k, no questions yet. My mouth is full anyway ... #mglitchat -9:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe I guess my biggest tip for authors writing MG is to not hold back. Share the fun parts, the painful parts. Don't be worried (1/2) #mglitchat -9:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz Joanna Volpe (@JoSVolpe) is an agent with Nancy Coffey Literary, (3/4) #MGlitchat -9:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa @MelissaRoske Hi! tweetchat's great! Glad you're here! #mglitchat -9:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AshelynnS hello, everybody! excited for tonight's chat. #mglitchat -9:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz and Tina Wexler (@Tina_Wexler) is an agent with ICM. (4/4) #MGlitchat -9:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MacImagery RT @KateMessner: Curious about how agents work with MG authors? Check out #mglitchat tonight - sounds like there will be great info for aspiring writers! -9:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

EMKokie Do you write MG? Curious about agents? Then you might want to check out #mglitchat tonight. ; ) -9:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe about "scarring" kids with reality. They can handle it better than you think. Better than most adults I know, actually :-) #mglitchat -9:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa RT @elissacruz: this is NOT a pitch session. Please do not ask agents if they are interested in seeing your work. #mglitchat -9:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz Take it away, agents! #MGlitchat -9:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kbettcher RT @kurtisscaletta: Follow #mglitchat for the next hour to talk to some awesome kidlit agents like @JosVolpe, @literaticat and my own agent @Tina_Wexler. -9:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea Some great agents tonight at #mglitchat -9:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe Oops! I'm already giving tips. litchat Fail. :-P #mglitchat -9:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

adamspaulr Thank you all for sharing your time...much appreciated. #mglitchat -9:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler Research, research, research. Read, read, read. Revise, revise, revise. Oh, and you know, write. #mglitchat -9:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MargoWest @JoSVolpe Animorphs proves that! #mglitchat -9:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

WordKitchenDC RT @KateMessner: Curious about how agents work with MG authors? Check out #mglitchat tonight - sounds like there will be great info for aspiring writers! -9:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Dfg #mglitchat Welcome @Tina_Wexler @JoSVolpe and @literaticat , it's nice to have you here. -9:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria Happy to be a part of this conversation. Thanks to the organizers(s)! http://t.co/xl9qaL79 #mglitchat -9:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea Also like 3 chats going on right now: #bookcountry #mglitchat #mbpa -9:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz @JoSVolpe Nah, my fault entirely! #toomuchtosay #oops #nowyoucango #MGlitchat -9:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat I totally agree with @JoSVolpe - and I'd add, the best MG books are not "dumbed down" or "babyish". Don't dumb it down! #MGLitChat -9:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KDuBayGillis RT @Tina_Wexler: Research, research, research. Read, read, read. Revise, revise, revise. Oh, and you know, write. #mglitchat -9:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LM_Preston RT @ixtumea: Also like 3 chats going on right now: #bookcountry #mglitchat #mbpa and #kidlitart popular night :-D -9:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @JoSVolpe ...make those punches MG? #mglitchat -9:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

byseanferrell @JoSVolpe I'm sorry, I missed that, could you say it again? #mglitchat -9:07 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KOrtizzle @byseanferrell LMFAO <3 <3 <3 #mglitchat -9:07 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kingdomofpatria I would like to ask Tina about what she thinks of the future of MG kids reading digitally, #mglitchat http://t.co/xl9qaL79 -9:08 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Tina_Wexler When searching for agents, PLEASE note when an interview was given; dated info can be as ineffective as doing no research. #mglitchat -9:08 PM Feb 9th, 2012 literaticat I think my tweetchat froze ... errr... hellooooo? #MGLitChat -9:08 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Dfg @literaticat #MGLitChat It's working fine on my end. :D -9:08 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kellybarnhill @literaticat Say more about that. What are the smart, brave, genre-defining books out there that we should ALL BE READING? #mglitchat -9:08 PM Feb 9th, 2012 MelissaRoske @literaticat We're still here. I think... #mglitchat #mglitchat -9:08 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe Any questions? Bring on the MG! #mglitchat -9:09 PM Feb 9th, 2012 KarenninaPosa @literaticat your tweets are showing up on tweetchat #mglitchat -9:09 PM Feb 9th, 2012 elissacruz @kingdomofpatria Please hold your questions until later in the chat. Thanks! #MGlitchat -9:09 PM Feb 9th, 2012 loritayseastep @literaticat We are here, we are here, we are here!!! #mglitchat #mglitchat -9:09 PM Feb 9th, 2012 literaticat @kellybarnhill I think everyone should read WHEN YOU REACH ME if you haven't already. Go on. Now. I'll wait. #MGLitChat -9:09 PM Feb 9th, 2012 julichilliard RT @Tina_Wexler: Research, research, research. Read, read, read. Revise, revise, revise. Oh, and you know, write. #mglitchat -9:09 PM Feb 9th, 2012 KOrtizzle RT @JoSVolpe: Any questions? Bring on the MG! #mglitchat -9:09 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Dfg @loritayseastep #mglitchat heard you the first time :) \ -9:09 PM Feb 9th, 2012 elissacruz @JoSVolpe Are you ready for questions, then? Or do you have any other tips? #captiveaudience #MGlitchat -9:10 PM Feb 9th, 2012 literaticat @loritayseastep It's started again! Yay! #MGLitChat -9:10 PM Feb 9th, 2012 VLC_Photo RT @JoSVolpe: Any questions? Bring on the MG! #mglitchat -9:10 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe @kellybarnhill The Higher Power of Lucky, Coraline, & The View from Saturday are all genre-defining books in their own right imho #mglitchat -9:10 PM Feb 9th, 2012 literaticat @elissacruz I don't have tips per se - I want to know what people what to know about! (if that makes sense) #MGLitChat -9:10 PM Feb 9th, 2012 MelissaRoske @JoSVolpe Do "quiet" vampire-less, witchless books stand a chance in this commercially driven climate? #mglitchat #mglitchat -9:10 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kellybarnhill @literaticat I adore that book. And I've given it to about fifteen different kids. It's interesting to see how kids relate to it. #mglitchat -9:10 PM Feb 9th, 2012 AudryT RT @JoSVolpe: Any questions? Bring on the MG! #mglitchat -9:10 PM Feb 9th, 2012 smozer RT @Tina_Wexler: Research, research, research. Read, read, read. Revise, revise, revise. Oh, and you know, write. #mglitchat -9:11 PM Feb 9th, 2012 elissacruz Okay, it's question time, then! To help our agents, please put QUESTION at the beginning of your questions. And...go! #MGlitchat -9:11 PM Feb 9th, 2012 SeeSavRead Love this chat! RT @Tina_Wexler: Research, research, research. Read, read, read. Revise, revise, revise. Oh, and you know, write. #mglitchat -9:11 PM Feb 9th, 2012 AudryT Same for cartoon writing. RT @literaticat: I totally agree with @JoSVolpe the best MG books are not "dumbed down" or "babyish". #MGLitChat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Tina_Wexler Bah! Keep forgetting my hash tags. Sorry folks. #mglitchat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe @kellybarnhill At least as far as recent titles. If we go back, Bridge to Terabithia (so painful!) or the first Alanna book. <3 #mglitchat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 smozer RT @KateMessner: Curious about how agents work with MG authors? Check out #mglitchat tonight - sounds like there will be great info for aspiring writers! -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 KarenninaPosa RT @elissacruz: Okay, its question time, then! To help our agents, please put QUESTION at the beginning of your questions. #mglitchat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 MelissaRoske @kellybarnhill @literaticat My daughter and I took turns reading WHEN YOU REACH ME aloud. Both were blown away. #mglitchat #mglitchat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoWhittemore RT @elissacruz: Okay, its question time, then! To help our agents, please put QUESTION at the beginning of your questions. #mglitchat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 byseanferrell @KOrtizzle @JoSVolpe will tell you not to encourage me, which you shouldn't. #mglitchat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 KPWix @MelissaRoske good question! #mglitchat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 byseanferrell @KOrtizzle To repeat--@JoSVolpe will tell you not to encourage me, which you shouldn't. #mglitchat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 literaticat @MelissaRoske I don't think "vampireless" and "witchless" = QUIET. The Penderwicks is not quiet. When You Reach Me isn't quiet. #MGLitChat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe @MelissaRoske YES. Every editor I know that acquires MG is looking for well-written, meaningful stories #mglitchat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 dutchhillgirl RT @JoSVolpe: Any questions? Bring on the MG! #mglitchat -9:12 PM Feb 9th, 2012 shesaidbooks hey MGers! our review team is looking for a guest reviewer for an MG book! interested? get in touch, thanks! #mglitchat -9:13 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Storiestobe #mglitchat A friend suggested I change my heroine from 13 to 10 because younger is selling. Are you seeing this trend also? -9:13 PM Feb 9th, 2012 AniProf Howdy! Sorry I'm late. #mglitchat -9:13 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Dfg @AniProf #mglitchat Better late than Elvis. -9:13 PM Feb 9th, 2012 restlessbjas @JoSVolpe Any advice for newly agented writers, what's a girl to do when MS's are out on submission (besides wait!)? #mglitchat -9:13 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kingdomofpatria QUESTION I'd like to ask all the agents their views about the future of MG kids and digital reading #mglitchat http://t.co/xl9qaL79 -9:13 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kellybarnhill @JoSVolpe OH GOD THAT BOOK! I'm not familiar with Alanna books though. *runs to library list* *thanks god for online catalogs* #mglitchat -9:13 PM Feb 9th, 2012 elissacruz @kingdomofpatria asked earlier, "I would like to ask Tina about what she thinks of the future of MG kids reading digitally" #MGlitchat -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 MelissaRoske @JoSVolpe That's BRILLIANT news. Thank you - and thank god! #mglitchat #mglitchat -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe @Storiestobe I only suggest that an author change the age of the character if it better fits the tone and sensibility of the book #mglitchat -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 AniProf @Dfg True! #mglitchat -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 KPWix @Tina_Wexler I know, do they kick you out for lack of #mglitchat--I'm worried. ;) -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 AKA_Terrie RT @ixtumea: Also like 3 chats going on right now: #bookcountry #mglitchat #mbpa -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 elissacruz @kingdomofpatria Oh, I see you reasked. Glad you did! #MGlitchat -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 SeeSavRead Loved WYRM. Odd that I didn't realize it was MG. RT @literaticat: @kellybarnhill I think everyone should read WHEN YOU REACH ME. #MGLitChat -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 LM_Preston I know my 10yr old would love an ereader if I got them one #MGlitchat they've even asked for it for Christmas -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe @Storiestobe UNLESS it's really a matter of hitting the genre, and a year would make a difference or something #mglitchat -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 KarenninaPosa @AniProf welcome! Our esteemed agent-guests have just started taking questions. If you have one, put QUESTION at the beginning. #mglitchat -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe hahaha RT @Dfg: @AniProf #mglitchat Better late than Elvis. #mglitchat -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoWhittemore Remember, guys. Put QUESTION at the start of your tweet so it doesn't get lost. #mglitchat -9:14 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Storiestobe RT @JoSVolpe: @Storiestobe UNLESS it's really a matter of hitting the genre, and a year would make a difference or something #mglitchat -9:15 PM Feb 9th, 2012 AniProf @Storiestobe Younger heroine? Wonder if this means a retargeting of MG to a younger audience? #mglitchat -9:15 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Dfg @LM_Preston #MGlitchat I would love an e-reader as well but it's better to get them started on paper books. -9:15 PM Feb 9th, 2012 PippaBayliss QUESTION: When an agent says that yor MS isn't strong enough for the markt - does that mean the premise, the writing or the plot? #mglitchat -9:15 PM Feb 9th, 2012 KarenninaPosa RT @JoSVolpe: I only suggest that an author change the age of the character if it better fits the tone & sensibility of the book #mglitchat -9:15 PM Feb 9th, 2012 LynneKelly @MelissaRoske On Tweetchat you don't need to add the #mglitchat hashtag yourself--it's doing it for you, so it's showing twice. #mglitchat -9:15 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kellybarnhill @SeeSavRead @literaticat I think that's what I love about MG - it's a transformative time, so its novels transcend age. #mglitchat -9:16 PM Feb 9th, 2012 literaticat Also, if you want to know about phenomenal voice & characterization, please read all Casson Family books by Hilary McKay. #MGLitChat -9:16 PM Feb 9th, 2012 LM_Preston @Dfg My kid loved paper books but hate carrying them around #mglitchat -9:16 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kurtisscaletta @kellybarnhill You haven't read Tamora Pierce? You will love her so much. #mglitchat -9:16 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe @PippaBayliss It could mean any of those things--depends on the project. #mglitchat -9:16 PM Feb 9th, 2012 MelissaRoske @LynneKelly Thank you so much. I'm a tweetchat troglodyte. #mglitchat -9:16 PM Feb 9th, 2012 literaticat @PippaBayliss Couldn't possibly say without looking at the material. Could mean any of those things. #MGLitChat -9:16 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kellybarnhill @SeeSavRead @literaticat When we write MG, we're not just writing for the kid, but for the adult that kid will be. It's wonderful #mglitchat -9:17 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe @kurtisscaletta Oh man, yes! @kellybarnhill #mglitchat -9:17 PM Feb 9th, 2012 shesaidbooks p.s. we love the Charlie Bone series #mglitchat -9:17 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Dfg @LM_Preston #mglitchat Well, carrying them is much better than getting them used to using Digital screen all the time. -9:17 PM Feb 9th, 2012 elissacruz QUESTION: Is MG affected by trends as much as YA seems to be? Feel free to expound . ;) #MGlitchat -9:17 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoWhittemore QUESTION: How edgy can you go and still qualify as MG? #mglitchat -9:17 PM Feb 9th, 2012 stefwass @literatitcat I'd add IDA B and TRUE to the must-read list for MG voice and characterization. LOVE. #mglitchat -9:18 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe RT @kellybarnhill: When we write MG, were not just writing for the kid, but for the adult that kid will be. Its wonderful #mglitchat -9:18 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Seagulley Question: what is a good word count range for gas 10-14? Ps: thanks for being here! #Mglitchat -9:18 PM Feb 9th, 2012 literaticat @elissacruz I don't think so. #MGLitChat -9:18 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kellybarnhill @literaticat Aw man! My library list is starting to groan under its new weight. It's so big it has its own weather system. :-) #mglitchat -9:18 PM Feb 9th, 2012 KarenninaPosa Love this! RT @kellybarnhill When we write MG, were not just writing 4 the kid, but 4 the adult that kid will be. Its wonderful #mglitchat -9:18 PM Feb 9th, 2012 KarenB_Schwartz QUESTION: Is tween still considered to be MG? Like a light romance for the middle school crowd? #MGlitchat -9:19 PM Feb 9th, 2012 shesaidbooks @elissacruz not quite, YA is very fast moving as are our readers, MG is a little slower just like kids are, they're thinkers #mglitchat -9:19 PM Feb 9th, 2012 SeeSavRead RT @kellybarnhill:When we write MG, we're not just writing for the kid, but for the adult that kid will be. It's wonderful #mglitchat -9:19 PM Feb 9th, 2012 literaticat @JoWhittemore Depends - diff houses have different feelings about that - but, I'd say, er... no sex or major cursing for a start. #MGLitChat -9:19 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe @elissacruz I don't find that it does, actually. I think a lot of MG is pretty timeless. #mglitchat -9:19 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Dfg @shesaidbooks #mglitchat I downloaded all 8 audio books, listened to the first chapter, seems interesting. Ranger Apprentice is epic IMO -9:19 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kingdomofpatria QUESTION: much MG/YA fiction seems to have a "snarky" comic voice. What good examples are there of other kinds of comic voices? #mglitchat -9:19 PM Feb 9th, 2012 khulick QUESTION: What are your favorite new mg reads in the fantasy/sci-fi genres? #mglitchat -9:19 PM Feb 9th, 2012 KateMessner @Seagulley Here's @literaticat's recent (and great) post about word counts in kids' books: http://t.co/l5iaS8jv #mglitchat -9:19 PM Feb 9th, 2012 shesaidbooks Awesome! RT @kellybarnhill When we write MG, were not just writing 4 the kid, but 4 the adult that kid will be. Its wonderful #mglitchat -9:19 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Tina_Wexler @JoWhittemore I don't think in terms of content but in terms of how its handled, how its presented, if it fits with a mg voice #mglitchat -9:20 PM Feb 9th, 2012 elissafield #mglitchat Q: I teach MG + we love @RolandSmithIII 's Elephant Run. When agenting do u aim for indiv audiences or know schools <3 hist fict? -9:20 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kellybarnhill @fritzbogott @literaticat Everything is better on a unicycle. *everything* #mglitchat -9:20 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe @JoWhittemore Kids experience the real world just like we do-you can go as far as it takes to be real to the story and characters #mglitchat -9:20 PM Feb 9th, 2012 shesaidbooks @Dfg Charlie Bone is on audio? ooooo #mglitchat -9:20 PM Feb 9th, 2012 shesaidbooks @khulick Charlie Bone, though not new but epic #mglitchat -9:20 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Dfg @shesaidbooks #mglitchat Yes, Audio Books :). I can link you to them. -9:20 PM Feb 9th, 2012 JoSVolpe @KarenB_Schwartz It actually depends on the publisher...sometimes the terms "tween" and "MG" are interchangeable. Not always tho #mglitchat -9:20 PM Feb 9th, 2012 KarenninaPosa RT @KateMessner: Heres @literaticats recent (and great) post about word counts in kids books: http://t.co/VL0dvSOM #mglitchat -9:21 PM Feb 9th, 2012 literaticat @jowhittemore - yes, what @Tina_Wexler said! #MGLitChat -9:21 PM Feb 9th, 2012 AniProf QUESTION: How strongly are trendy mss sought? Frankly, I'd rather read just a good old-fashioned story. #mglitchat -9:21 PM Feb 9th, 2012 LaurelSnyder @Tina_Wexler Thank goodness! #MGlitchat -9:21 PM Feb 9th, 2012 shesaidbooks @Dfg please? #mglitchat -9:21 PM Feb 9th, 2012 PippaBayliss @kellybarnhill act like an agent: read the 1st para & see if it hooks you, then the page, then the chapt - it eliminates a lot :) #mglitchat -9:21 PM Feb 9th, 2012 kellybarnhill @shesaidbooks @elissacruz God that is so true. Teens are so wonderfully impulsive and impatient. MG kids are *philosophers*. #mglitchat -9:21 PM Feb 9th, 2012 SeeSavRead My kids love the classic MGs that I loved- Harriet the Spy, Wrinkle in Time...But lately I've been searching for more contemp MG. #mglitchat -9:21 PM Feb 9th, 2012 Tina_Wexler @Seagulley I'm not the person to ask; the story will be as long or as short as it needs to be to be told and told well. #mglitchat -9:21 PM Feb 9th, 2012 shesaidbooks @KarenninaPosa reading now #mglitchat -9:21 PM Feb 9th, 2012 AniProf QUESTION: Does this mean that the sequence is now MG -> Tween -> YA? #mglitchat -9:22 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @kingdomofpatria Adam Gidwitz, Brian Selznick, Andrew Clements, Jeff Kinney, Grace Lin, Richard Peck - none of them really snark #mglitchat -9:22 PM Feb 9th, 2012

shesaidbooks @kellybarnhill yes! kids- thinkers, teens-doers #mglitchat -9:22 PM Feb 9th, 2012

maggiedana I think tween fiction fills a need, but it's hard for booksellers to shelve b/c there's no section for it in bookstore. #mglitchat -9:22 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PippaBayliss Good question!RT @AniProf: QUESTION: How strongly are trendy mss sought? Frankly, Id rather read just a good old-fashioned story. #mglitchat -9:22 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @JoSVolpe @KarenB_Schwartz I want to like the term tween, but it always seems so...Limited Too to me. #mglitchat -9:22 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @AniProf I look for the writing, the voice and a good story. Trends come and go. Good stories...they last. #mglitchat -9:22 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske @SeeSavRead Nothing beats Harriet the Spy (IMHO). Nothing! #mglitchat -9:23 PM Feb 9th, 2012

stefwass RT @JoSVolpe: @AniProf I look for the writing, the voice and a good story. Trends come and go. Good stories...they last. #mglitchat -9:23 PM Feb 9th, 2012

khulick Love it! RT @kellybarnhill @shesaidbooks @elissacruz Teens are so wonderfully impulsive and impatient. MG kids are philosophers #mglitchat -9:23 PM Feb 9th, 2012

stefwass RT @MelissaRoske: @SeeSavRead Nothing beats Harriet the Spy (IMHO). Nothing! #mglitchat -9:23 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz QUESTION: Series seem to be big in MG. Any tips on how to create a successful series? #MGlitchat -9:24 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @maggiedana Depends on the bookstore. We have some FANTASTIC kid sections with dynamic tween lists in MN. #mglitchat #hometownpride -9:24 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa Interesting point about kids being thinkers, teens doers. Never saw it that way. #mglitchat -9:24 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat Oy I have missed a ton of questions - If there is one specifically for me can you @ me on it so it comes up? #MGLitChat -9:24 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @kingdomofpatria Neil Gaiman, Beth Wolitzer, Jonathan Stroud, Kate Messner...the list goes on of non-snark! #mglitchat -9:25 PM Feb 9th, 2012

shesaidbooks @KarenninaPosa thank you! #mglitchat -9:25 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf Snark is a trend, which will pass (I hope). #mglitchat -9:25 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @elissacruz To create a successful series, have a plan for the FULL series ahead of time. #mglitchat -9:25 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Seagulley QUESTION: I created products tweens. I looked to Teens for ideas since tweeners want to be older. Is this true for MG novels too? #Mglitchat -9:26 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PippaBayliss QUESTION: Defining marketability sounds a lot like chasing mercury around the table ;) Is it about SPARK 4 u? A story told well? #mglitchat -9:26 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske @JoSVolpe I don't particularly love snark. It almost green-lights dissing the parental units! (And being a mom is tough enough!) #mglitchat -9:26 PM Feb 9th, 2012

shesaidbooks @JoSVolpe totally agree #mglitchat -9:26 PM Feb 9th, 2012

maggiedana @kellybarnhill Good to hear. I wish more bookstores had tween lists and sections. #mglitchat -9:26 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @kingdomofpatria - I actually have a harder time thinking of MG books that ARE snarky than ones that aren't. That is more YA, no? #MGLitChat -9:26 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa QUESTION: What is the issue you often see in MG submissions that makes you think "almost, but not quite there"? #mglitchat -9:26 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria QUESTION: But what IS that quality which makes a great #mg book GREAT? #mglitchat -9:27 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat (Or maybe people have a different opinion about what "snarky" is than I do.) #MGLitChat -9:27 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PippaBayliss YES??? RT @elissacruz: QUESTION: Series seem to be big in MG. Any tips on how to create a successful series? #mglitchat -9:27 PM Feb 9th, 2012

shesaidbooks @AniProf I love snark, but I write YA not MG #mglitchat -9:27 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske @kingdomofpatria Excellent question! #mglitchat -9:27 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kurtisscaletta RT @literaticat: (Or maybe people have a different opinion about what "snarky" is than I do.) #MGLitChat -9:27 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf Okay folks, define "snarky". #mglitchat -9:28 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dw44351 QUESTION Is there still room for "quiet" MG stories today? (loss of friendship, betrayal). #mglitchat -9:28 PM Feb 9th, 2012

mswinchell QUESTION: If MG boy book fell in middle of woods but no pub there to hear it, does it make a sound? IE: Present boy book market? #mglitchat -9:28 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PippaBayliss How long have you got? RT @kingdomofpatria: QUESTION: But what IS that quality which makes a great #mg book GREAT? #mglitchat -9:28 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @AniProf I don't know....kids have a tendency to be pretty dang snarky on their own. (my students especially) #mglitchat -9:28 PM Feb 9th, 2012

nancyrosep Yes. Not about word count; it's the voice “@Tina_Wexler: the story will be as long or as short as needs to be told & told well.. #mglitchat” -9:28 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske @literaticat Snarky is when Hannah Montana makes her father look like a dunderhead (although that's not hard...) #mglitchat -9:28 PM Feb 9th, 2012

restlessbjas @literaticat Any advice for newly agented writers, what's a girl to do when MS's are out on submission (besides wait!)? #mglitchat -9:28 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @KarenninaPosa The "almost, but not quite" issue I say is usually that the concept is GREAT, but the voice is off #mglitchat -9:28 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @kingdomofpatria It's all about that elusive MG voice, to me. Very hard to nail. People who do? @KateMessner @LaurelSnyder for ex #MGLitChat -9:28 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenB_Schwartz QUESTION: Are editors looking for MG now, or is YA more preferred? #MGlitchat -9:29 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Donna_Earnhardt RT @Tina_Wexler: @JoSVolpe @KarenB_Schwartz I want to like the term tween, but it always seems so...Limited Too to me. #mglitchat -9:29 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @mswinchell There are NINE HUNDRED BACTRILLION middle grade boy books. Honestly. Look at the NYT Bestseller list. #MGLitChat -9:29 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @kingdomofpatria Writers who remember being that age, not just writers who have kids that age. #mglitchat -9:29 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @AniProf Do you think the snark is mostly in boy books? #mglitchat -9:29 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KatApel Oh wow. First time I've noticed that #MGLitChat and #kidlitart coincide. Tweetstream should be full of creativity today! :) -9:29 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria Nothing wrong with SNARK for a certain sort of character, but too often I find it's the default voice for all characters #mglitchat -9:29 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @MelissaRoske But... that's a tv show. Books? #MGLitChat -9:29 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @kingdomofpatria The heart, the quest, the soul of it. Personally...I connect with it more in MG. #mglitchat -9:29 PM Feb 9th, 2012

susankayequinn I think there are diff snark levels in MG and YA @kellybarnhill: @AniProf #mglitchat -9:29 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissafield RT @KarenninaPosa: Interesting point about kids being thinkers, teens doers. Never saw it that way. #mglitchat -9:29 PM Feb 9th, 2012

stefwass I agree! Its all about that elusive MG voice, to me. Very hard to nail. People who do? @KateMessner @LaurelSnyder for ex #mglitchat -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

nancyrosep Always looking for great mg “@KarenB_Schwartz: QUESTION: Are editors looking for MG now, or is YA more preferred? #MGlitchat” -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

susankayequinn Write. @restlessbjas: @literaticat Any advice for newly agented writers, whats a girl to do when MSs are out on submission? #mglitchat -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LM_Preston True there is RT @susankayequinn: I think there are diff snark levels in MG and YA @kellybarnhill: @AniProf #mglitchat -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissafield RT @JoSVolpe: @kingdomofpatria Neil Gaiman, Beth Wolitzer, Jonathan Stroud, Kate Messner...the list goes on of non-snark! #mglitchat -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LynneKelly @restlessbjas Write the next book to distract yourself! #mglitchat -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria @literaticat @KateMessner @LaurelSnyder but what would you say are the perennial qualities of that ideal mg voice? #mglitchat -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @rachelnseigel I've seen snark in both boy and girl books, and I'm okay with it! It just has to feel natural, not put on. #mglitchat -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat Something in my brain is going to break if I see the word "snark" one more time. :-) #MGLitChat -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

mswinchell @literaticat Bactrillion?! That's a high number...I think. But how hard is the sell, is my question. #mglitchat -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

sway_author @nancyrosep @Tina_Wexler Yeah, it's super hard to pre-plan a word count when you really rolling with a story. #mglitchat -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske @literaticat Too true. Being snarky #fail #mglitchat -9:30 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @KarenB_Schwartz I think MG is only going to grow and grow. #mglitchat -9:31 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @restlessbjas Write another book! :-) #MGLitChat -9:31 PM Feb 9th, 2012

khulick That's why I write mg! @Tina_Wexler @kingdomofpatria Writers who remember being that age, not just writers with kids that age. #mglitchat -9:31 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @literaticat s...n...a...r...f? #mglitchat -9:31 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @JoSVolpe I'm having trouble picturing a lot of snakry girl books right now, but good point- not forced. #mglitchat -9:31 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @mswinchell Depends. How good is it? #MGLitChat -9:31 PM Feb 9th, 2012

susankayequinn I think there's a certain innocence @kingdomofpatria: @literaticat @KateMessner @LaurelSnyder what are qualities of mg voice? #mglitchat -9:31 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KDuBayGillis RT @Tina_Wexler: @kingdomofpatria Writers who remember being that age, not just writers who have kids that age. #mglitchat -9:31 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KPWix @literaticat @mswinchell Is bactrillion more or less than bazillion? #mglitchat -9:31 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @JoSVolpe *rocks back and forth in chair* LOL #MGLitChat -9:31 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LynneKelly @literaticat Snark. *runs away giggling* #mglitchat -9:32 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoWhittemore From your mouth to God's ears! RT @Tina_Wexler: @KarenB_Schwartz I think MG is only going to grow and grow. #mglitchat -9:32 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KateMessner @kingdomofpatria For me, great MG voice is such a know-it-when-I-read-it thing. So much easier to give examples than define. #mglitchat -9:32 PM Feb 9th, 2012

susankayequinn Yay! @Tina_Wexler: @KarenB_Schwartz I think MG is only going to grow and grow. #mglitchat -9:32 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa Very encouraging! RT @Tina_Wexler: I think MG is only going to grow and grow. #mglitchat -9:32 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @KPWix I don't know, I failed quantum counting. #MGLitChat -9:32 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @KPWix @literaticat @mswinchell is it like a bajillion bacteria? I'm confused. #mglitchat -9:32 PM Feb 9th, 2012

loritayseastep QUESTION: Is fantasy still the going trend in MG? Or is contemporary more popular? #mglitchat -9:33 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske RT @susankayequinn: Yay! @Tina_Wexler: @KarenB_Schwartz I think MG is only going to grow and grow. #mglitchat -9:33 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @LynneKelly I will haunt you. Just FYI. #MGLitChat -9:33 PM Feb 9th, 2012

mswinchell @literaticat Ah, there is the Bactrillion-dollar question, Jen. We will see, I suppose. #mglitchat -9:33 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe RT @kingdomofpatria For me, great MG voice is such a know-it-when-I-read-it thing. So much easier to give examples than define. #mglitchat -9:33 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KateMessner @kingdomofpatria Some favorite examples of great MG voice: Linda Urban, Cynthia Lord, @laurelsnyder, @wenmass, @rebstead #mglitchat -9:33 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PBWorkshop Question: If characters are mid teens in HF, but not involved in hot romance, is that more MG than YA? Chains? #mglitchat -9:33 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @MelissaRoske Both fantasy and contemporary still sells in MG, I don't see one trend stronger than the other, personally. #mglitchat -9:33 PM Feb 9th, 2012

susankayequinn I vote for SF! Oh wait, not up to me. @loritayseastep: Q:Is fantasy still the going trend in MG?Or is contemporary more popular? #mglitchat -9:33 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa New MG word? bactrillion #mglitchat -9:34 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat (I think that more people have asked me to define "bactrillion" than anything ever. A LOT YOU GUYS. IT MEANS A LOT. lol) #MGLitChat -9:34 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske @LynneKelly I like your style! *high fives* #mglitchat -9:34 PM Feb 9th, 2012

stefwass RT @JoSVolpe: For me, great MG voice is such a know-it-when-I-read-it thing. Great example: THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS #mglitchat -9:34 PM Feb 9th, 2012

restlessbjas @literaticat @JoSVolpe How about tips for a successful agent/author relationship? #MGLitChat -9:34 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @PBWorkshop What is "HF" #MGLitChat -9:34 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel #Mglitchat this is kind of a general question, but is anybody else sick of these "Wimpy Kid" clones? -9:34 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf @rachelnseigel Not sure. I just read a few books in a SF series, with a girl protag, and she was boarderline snarky. #mglitchat -9:34 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PBWorkshop @literaticat historical fiction #mglitchat -9:35 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria @JoSVolpe for me, even in our day, a great MG voice has to do with a certain innocence and WONDER about the mystery of life #mglitchat -9:35 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @AniProf I kind of like it in girls- may sound sexist, but it's good to show that boys aren't exclusively obnoxious! #mglitchat -9:35 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske @rachelnseigel YES! There's a new girl-centric Wimpy Girl knockoff, but I blocked out its name. It grates... #mglitchat -9:35 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf QUESTION: How's the market for MG SciFi? #mglitchat -9:36 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @restlessbjas Successful author/agent relationship is based (imo) on good communication, transparency, trust. #MGLitChat -9:36 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe Tips for a successful agent-author relationship: be honest & open, read a lot, don't be afraid to talk something out or set aside #mglitchat -9:36 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @MelissaRoske Dork Diaies and Popularity Papers sell really well for me, but how much else do we need? #mglitchat -9:36 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dsantat Hello folks, this is my first time hanging out here. Please be gentle with me. I'm a PB guy #mglitchat -9:36 PM Feb 9th, 2012

susankayequinn Yes! Sense of boundlessness. @kingdomofpatria @JoSVolpe great MG voice has a certain innocence & WONDER about the mystery of life #mglitchat -9:36 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @PBWorkshop I say: if their outlook is teen and the voice is teen, it's YA. Sex, drugs and rock n' roll aren't what make a ms YA. #mglitchat -9:36 PM Feb 9th, 2012

mswinchell I believe I may be partially to blame for the "bactrillion" thing. My apologies for the "Bactrillion Incident" everyone. #mglitchat -9:36 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Dfg @susankayequinn #mglitchat Okay... -9:36 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @PBWorkshop Honestly I think a lot of Historical straddles MG/YA - where it lands has to do with tone. #MGLitChat -9:36 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe There's definitely a market for MG scifi! #mglitchat -9:36 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa @dsantat you made it! welcome! #mglitchat -9:37 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf Kids in sitcoms are often snarky. Another reason I do not like sitcoms. #mglitchat -9:37 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AshelynnS @JoSVolpe that makes me happy. :D I heart scifi and MG. #mglitchat -9:37 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske @dsantat ADVICE: Don't use the word "snark." You might get injured. No names @literaticat #mglitchat -9:37 PM Feb 9th, 2012

stefwass QUESTION: How's the market for quieter MG, like LOVE, AUBREY? #mglitchat -9:37 PM Feb 9th, 2012

denisejaden So many of my favorite people are all online at once! Must be some #mglitchat *waves* (and now you're wondering if you're my favorite ;) -9:37 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz @dsantat Welcome! If you have questions for our agents, please ask! #MGlitchat -9:38 PM Feb 9th, 2012

breeogden RT @JoSVolpe: There's definitely a market for MG scifi! #mglitchat -9:38 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa @mswinchell That could be a MG title. "The Bactrillion Incident" #mglitchat -9:38 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat RT @Tina_Wexler: I say: if outlook is teen and the voice is teen, its YA. Sex, drugs and rock n roll arent what make a ms YA. #MGLitChat -9:38 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria A sense of wonder in MG does not preclude the protagonist getting into big trouble, even being a jerk, or jerk-ess #mglitchat -9:38 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @stefwass Oh, I loved that book. Cried on the subway. #mglitchat -9:38 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PBWorkshop @literaticat What would you consider Elijah of Buxton? And HF marketed more to school/lib pubs? #mglitchat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KPWix @literaticat LOL Sorry I am not able to follow 17 bactrillion conversations at once. Me=#mglitchat fail. #goingtoreadmybook -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

_TimothyPower Is there a single element to a MS that will trump any and all shortcomings in your eyes? #mglitchat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa Making sure MG scifi writers got this: RT @JoSVolpe: Theres definitely a market for MG scifi! #mglitchat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf I'm talkin' hard science SciFi. #mglitchat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Jenn_Rush @JoSVolpe mg scifi is the place to be! #MGLitChat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel #mglitchat question: Have any of you seen anything really original and fresh lately in MG lit, or does it largely follow trends? -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoWhittemore @kingdomofpatria Innocence I agree with. Wonder...eh. Many MGers think they know it all. The story is in realizing they don't. #mglitchat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe Ditto! RT @Tina_Wexler: I say:if outlook is teen and the voice is teen, its YA. Sex, drugs & rock n roll arent what make a ms YA. #mglitchat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

breeogden RT @mmanlove: @KateMessner give your villain a voice. Let the reader see it from their pov #lessonslearnedfromshakespeare #mglitchat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

SeeSavRead How easy is it (talent not withstanding) for authors to write/pub MG + YA + adult fic...? I'm thinking @elockhart and others. #mglitchat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PippaBayliss any chance you ags can answer @elissacruz's question about MG series? I know we're bamboozling you ... but I'm curious #mglitchat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

snarkychicklet @literaticat What's your definition? To me it's more like playful wittiness (hence the Twitter handle), not mean, not sarcastic. #MGLitChat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe How hard is this scifi @AniProf? #mglitchat -9:39 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @kingdomofpatria I've found a sense of wonder is often what leads to getting into big trouble. #mglitchat -9:40 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dsantat Would you say that there is any room for boyfriend/girlfriend relationship in MG? Not saying sex and romance but "dating"? #mglitchat -9:40 PM Feb 9th, 2012

stefwass @TinaWexler. LOVE Gilly. Used to teach that book to 6th graders. Still thinking about Gilly, Trotter, the whole thing... #mglitchat -9:40 PM Feb 9th, 2012

nancyrosep So true “@JoSVolpe: For me, great MG voice is such a know-it-when-I-read-it thing. So much easier to give examples than define. #mglitchat” -9:40 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LM_Preston Sure 'crush' is okay RT @dsantat: Would you say that there is any room for boyfriend/girlfriend relationship in MG? #mglitchat -9:40 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dw44351 QUESTION-Quiet middle grade. Is there a market? #mglitchat -9:40 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @_TimothyPower I think this is when we all start crowing about VOICE #mglitchat -9:40 PM Feb 9th, 2012

mswinchell QUESTION: Wide, chunky, or exclusive when subbing MG (in general)? Or, perhaps, case-by-case, book-by-book? What says you? #mglitchat -9:40 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf @JoSVolpe Larry Niven or David Brin hard? #mglitchat -9:40 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe I'm reading The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman right now and LOVING it @rachelnseigel #mglitchat -9:41 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @snarkychicklet (note: I didn't say YOU were mean, I am sure you are very nice! that is just what "snarky" means to me) #MGLitChat -9:41 PM Feb 9th, 2012

EgmontUSA @JoSVolpe is offering such great advice over at #mglitchat. She's always been a wise one, though. -9:41 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @AniProf Pete Hautman has a new hard scifi MG series coming out soon. (I think Candelwick is pubbing it) (and it's crazy good!) #mglitchat -9:41 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf @dw44351 I hope so. #mglitchat -9:41 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AshelynnS @dsantat well, middle schoolers don't date like high schoolers. They date for a week, then break up. No makeout scenes. #mglitchat -9:41 PM Feb 9th, 2012

stefwass @TinaWexler Where is Katherine Paterson these days, anyway? #mglitchat -9:41 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe Case by case on submission styles @mswinchell #mglitchat -9:41 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat YOU GUYS. Lots of questions about "is there a market for quiet middle grade." YES, IF IT IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. #lastword #MGLitChat -9:42 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria @JoWhittemore Very nice point...or is the moment in which they realize their ignorance the moment of insight, wonder?... #mglitchat -9:42 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @JoSVolpe That looks like fun. I'll have to pick it up! #mglitchat -9:42 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elenaaitken @denisejaden so I'm NOT #mglitchat but I'm just going to assume I'm one of your faves. :) -9:42 PM Feb 9th, 2012

SaraLewisHolmes @Tina_Wexler Exactly what I was going to chime in and say! Wonder leads to trouble leads to growth leads to more wonder leads to- #mglitchat -9:42 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @dsantat I think so. That's when kids turn: your BFF who wasn't into boys is suddenly gah, and how obnoxious--until it hits you. #mglitchat -9:42 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @PippaBayliss I think that somebody DID answer that, actually. #MGLitChat -9:43 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LaurelSnyder @stefwass Did you read The Flint Heart? #MGlitchat -9:43 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LM_Preston @sway_author Most of my kids friends were 'dating' in 7 and 8th grade #mglitchat -9:43 PM Feb 9th, 2012

word_working I hear the term 'magical realism' every once in awhile; any thoughts on that one in the MG context? thanks in advance. #mglitchat -9:43 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoWhittemore @kingdomofpatria That I can agree with! :-) #mglitchat -9:44 PM Feb 9th, 2012

sway_author @JoSVolpe @rachelnseigel I dig the title enough to try that one out. #mglitchat -9:44 PM Feb 9th, 2012

restlessbjas Define: Quiet middle grade? #MGLitChat -9:44 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @stefwass She's still pubbing with Candlewick and Chronicle and others I believe! #mglitchat -9:44 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @LM_Preston @sway_author I went on a "date" in grade 5, but boy/girl parties started around grade 6. #mglitchat -9:44 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dsantat @Tina_Wexler But would a trip to the movies be OK? Even asking on a date for that matter. I don't see it often in MG #mglitchat -9:44 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf QUESTION: Agents, what do you NOT want to see in a query or mss? #mglitchat -9:44 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PippaBayliss shoot - good thing #mglitchat posts the transcript! blush RT @literaticat: @PippaBayliss I think that somebody DID answer that. #mglitchat -9:44 PM Feb 9th, 2012

SaraLewisHolmes @stefwass Just saw Katherine Paterson at the Library of Congress. She's as steely, kind, and beautiful as ever. #mglitchat -9:44 PM Feb 9th, 2012

stefwass @LaurelSnyder Who's the author? Haven't read it, obviously... #mglitchat -9:44 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler Ditto. RT @JoSVolpe: Case by case on submission styles @mswinchell #mglitchat -9:45 PM Feb 9th, 2012

SeeSavRead I don't really understand what "quiet" MG means... probably because I know so few quiet kids IRL. #mglitchat -9:45 PM Feb 9th, 2012

stefwass OMG! Katherine Paterson is still writing! Titles people, titles! (please!) #mglitchat -9:45 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe In a query, I do NOT want to see someone just compare it to Harry Potter. If that's the only book they can think of (1/2) #mglitchat -9:45 PM Feb 9th, 2012

mswinchell @word_working Yes! Newberry winning WHEN YOU REACH ME! #mglitchat -9:45 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LaurelSnyder @stefwass Paterson! Came out this fall. #MGlitchat -9:45 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe Then chances are they don't really know the genre (2/2) #mglitchat -9:45 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat Vermont? And she was the Nat'l Kid's Lit Ambassador till recently... RT @stefwass Where is Katherine Paterson these days, anyway? #MGLitChat -9:46 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske @dsantat If MG kids "date," it tends to be in groups (i.e., an excursion to the movies etc.) #mglitchat -9:46 PM Feb 9th, 2012

sway_author @LM_Preston Yeah, that's what I remember too. I just remember crushes and "going together" at the MG age. #mglitchat -9:46 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @sway_author Sometimes a good title is all the persuasion one needs! #mglitchat -9:46 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @dsantat Sure. They would have to have their parents drive them there (groan), but maybe there'd be some sweaty handholding. #mglitchat -9:47 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoWhittemore @dsantat The Aladdin MIX books are good if you want to see examples of MG dating. #mglitchat -9:47 PM Feb 9th, 2012

stefwass @LaurelSnyer Paterson! Of course! Checking that one out, for sure. :) Thx! #mglitchat -9:47 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @word_working I think @laurelsnyder's beautiful BIGGER THAN A BREAD BOX is an example of MG Magical Realism. #MGLitChat -9:47 PM Feb 9th, 2012

word_working @mswinchell Thanks -- that one is near the top of my list; my daughter loved it. #mglitchat -9:47 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dsantat @MelissaRoske what about an older sister driving? (sorry for specifics) #mglitchat -9:47 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria Do we all agree on what VOICE is? Is it simply vivid characterization? #mglitchat -9:47 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LM_Preston @sway_author and 'going together' rarely lasted more than a few weeks #mglitchat -9:47 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LynneKelly @sway_author And who you "like" in 3rd-5th grade is a HUGE deal. #mglitchat -9:47 PM Feb 9th, 2012

word_working @BonnieAdamson Hi Bonnie -- I believe we may both be doing a workshop in Asheville in April? #mglitchat -9:47 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AshelynnS @kingdomofpatria no... voice is how they speak, how the narrator tells the story. #mglitchat -9:48 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @JoSVolpe I want to bold and underline and CAPS your answer. NO HP COMPS! #mglitchat -9:48 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dsantat Scratch my last question. My twitter isn't updating all answers #mglitchat -9:48 PM Feb 9th, 2012

EgmontUSA RT @Tina_Wexler: @JoSVolpe I want to bold and underline and CAPS your answer. NO HP COMPS! #mglitchat -9:48 PM Feb 9th, 2012

BonnieAdamson @word_working Yes! Which reminds me, I need to start my bookmap! eep #mglitchat -9:48 PM Feb 9th, 2012

restlessbjas Ah ha......so quiet = "coming of age" and perhaps "issues-oriented" @kellybarnhill: Jim The Boy #mglitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

coachhays64 @literaticat #mglitchat Question: What is status/needs of the market for mg non-fiction? -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske @literaticat @LaurelSnyder I loved BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX because the "magic" didn't overshadow the "realism" #mglitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

maggiedana Question: what's good age range for main characters in mid-grade and/or tween fiction? #mglitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

EgmontUSA I always want to come to #mglitchat, and I always miss. And I'm here now, and I have no idea what to say. -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe Voice is much more than vivid characterization--it's the essence of the entire narrative. #mglitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

_TimothyPower Do you think MG will ever cross over to an adult readership the way YA has, even minus romance? What might do it, if so? #mglitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KDuBayGillis If you want more MG wisdom from @JoSVolpe, I highly recommend her WriteOnCon MG session here: http://t.co/cS5bhsbT #mglitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KateMessner @word_working Loved BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX for magical realism - also 11 BIRTHDAYS by @wenmass #mglitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LaurelSnyder I think in MG kids are "noticing" each other more than dating. #MGlitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LM_Preston And why shouldn't your characters? RT @rachelnseigel: @sway_author I went on a "date" in grade 5, #mglitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

sway_author @LM_Preston Or all the way through recess. #mglitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

EgmontUSA RT @JoSVolpe: Voice is much more than vivid characterization--it's the essence of the entire narrative. #mglitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler I think of voice as the words you use and how you use them. As simple and as complicated as that. #mglitchat -9:49 PM Feb 9th, 2012

EgmontUSA RT @Tina_Wexler: I think of voice as the words you use and how you use them. As simple and as complicated as that. #mglitchat -9:50 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria @AshelynnS But isn't how a person speaks a function of their character, their habits? #mglitchat -9:50 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @coachhays64 Honestly I am not a non-fiction expert. I think I am not the one to ask. *hides from non-fiction* #MGLitChat -9:50 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LM_Preston Or when hair is pulled, or boy is punched by girl RT @sway_author: Or all the way through recess. #mglitchat -9:50 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz @EgmontUSA Come back next week, too, pretty please. That's our Editor night! You can share your tips too! #MGlitchat -9:50 PM Feb 9th, 2012

loritayseastep @sway_author A "crush" at middle-grade age is as serious in its way as a "relationship" as a teen. #mglitchat -9:50 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @restlessbjas YES! Maybe less "issue" but DEF "coming of age". Think Sharon Creech. #mglitchat -9:50 PM Feb 9th, 2012

EgmontUSA @elissacruz I think I can do that. :) #MGLitChat -9:50 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dsantat @LaurelSnyder Really? 7th/8th grade? I knew pregnant girls that age. Not saying that's the topic of my MG #mglitchat -9:50 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea @LaurelSnyder My fifth grade son? He still thinks kissing is nasty. So do his friends. #mglitchat -9:51 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @loritayseastep @sway_author With the same potential for heartbreak. #mglitchat -9:51 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AshelynnS @kingdomofpatria Yes, but voice isn't *just* vivid characterization. Did you see what @JoSVolpe said? #mglitchat -9:51 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PBWorkshop @_TimothyPower The Giver and Book Thief were both very successful in adult markets, I believe. #mglitchat -9:51 PM Feb 9th, 2012

clairelegrand eeeeeeee am I too late?? ducking in for the last few minutes! #mglitchat -9:51 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KateMessner @coachhays64 Can't speak to the market, but I think HMH's Scientists in the Field series is amazing for MG nonfiction. #mglitchat -9:51 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz @EgmontUSA YAY! #MGlitchat -9:51 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria @Tina_Wexler This is part of it, I agree, but the words we use come from the heart, the character's entire formation and actions #mglitchat -9:51 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Donna_Earnhardt RT @Tina_Wexler: I think of voice as the words you use and how you use them. As simple and as complicated as that. #mglitchat -9:51 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @dsantat @LaurelSnyder Me too. My first year teaching seventh grade, three of my students got pregnant by the end o the year. :-( #mglitchat -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

RichardNewsome My big tip for MG writing? Write for the kid, not their parent. #mglitchat -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Dfg @clairelegrand #mglitchat Well, you just made it in time, we were about hand out presents. -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa QUESTION on craft: Which do you see is most often lacking in MG submissions: plot, voice, characterization, basic writing mojo? #mglitchat -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea Now the fifth grade girls? Some of them are very mature. Blows me away. Son though? Not interested. #mglitchat -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LaurelSnyder @dsantat I'm saying in books, not real life. Yes, my first friend had sex in sixth, which TOTALLY freaked me out. #MGlitchat -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

sway_author @kellybarnhill @loritayseastep So true. #mglitchat -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AshelynnS @clairelegrand hiya, lovely! :hugs: #mglitchat -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

loritayseastep @kellybarnhill Exactly. I remember my brother finding my 5th grade diary. It named my crush. I was traumatized. #mglitchat -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @KateMessner I think so too, but my customers don't buy them. #mglitchat -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @kellybarnhill sweet merciful. #MGLitChat -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Dfg @ixtumea #mglitchat It's all thanks to the Internet and the culture surrounding them. -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

word_working @literaticat @katemessner Thank you! I tried to buy 'Breadbox' for my 10-y-old recently but it was sold out. #mglitchat -9:52 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria @JoSVolpe true...I would say (following Aristotle) VOICE is a function of CHARACTER which is a function of ACTION #mglitchat -9:53 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LaurelSnyder @dsantat Though this begs a question: do we expect kids having mature experiences to read up to YA? Or should we write for them. #MGlitchat -9:53 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AshelynnS @ixtumea girls mature earlier. so what you're saying is normal. :) #mglitchat -9:53 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea And this is coming from my son who pinched a teen's butt when he was 2 yrs old. I was horrified. #mglitchat -9:53 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dsantat @LaurelSnyder Got it. Thanks. Just seeing how far I can push it #mglitchat -9:53 PM Feb 9th, 2012

coachhays64 @literaticat Ha ha. Don't hide from it, just run away. #MGLitChat -9:53 PM Feb 9th, 2012

word_working @KateMessner @wenmass My daughter *loved* '11 Birthdays' #mglitchat -9:53 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa reading later: RT @KDuBayGillis: more MG wisdom from @JoSVolpe: her WriteOnCon MG session here: http://t.co/nmFi24vx #mglitchat -9:53 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Dfg @ixtumea #mglitchat I have a nephew how tries to flirt with girls, he is 2-years-old btw. -9:53 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe What I see lacking most in my MG submissions is the right voice. Lots of great ideas and even good writing, but the voice is off #mglitchat -9:54 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @dsantat I was 3, and picked up a few ideas from Young & the Restless. (Which my mom didn't know I was watching) #mglitchat -9:54 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @literaticat Yeah. It was a tough year - though not my toughest as a teacher. #mglitchat -9:54 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf So many tweets, it's hard to keep up! #mglitchat -9:54 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Seagulley Tween girls r boy crazy. I ran a tween blog & it was there fave topic @kellybarnhill Exactly. I remember my brother finding #mglitchat -9:54 PM Feb 9th, 2012

amberlough @LaurelSnyder #MGlitchat I think even tho they're having sex, they're still in the MG level of developmental maturity. Mentally, anyway. -9:54 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe @kingdomofpatria I like that! #mglitchat -9:55 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @loritayseastep OHGODOHOGODOHGOD! I would need YEARS of therapy after that! #brothersaretheworst #mglitchat -9:55 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LynneKelly @dsantat @LaurelSnyder And 7th & 8th grade is getting into YA territory. #mglitchat -9:55 PM Feb 9th, 2012

restlessbjas RT @kingdomofpatria @JoSVolpe I would say (following Aristotle) VOICE is a function of CHARACTER which is a function of ACTION #mglitchat -9:55 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LaurelSnyder @dsantat I'm no agent, of course, might be wrong. But I think if you have anything really physical they'll suggest you age it up. #mglitchat -9:55 PM Feb 9th, 2012

sway_author @Dfg @ixtumea My 9-yr-old nephew recently told me he was wearing body spray. Ulk. #mglitchat -9:55 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat Audience for MG may be 3rd-5th graders even tho characters may be 7th graders. So, I'd just be mindful of that. #MGLitChat -9:55 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @LaurelSnyder @dsantat - but so does Anne of Green Gables! :-) #drunkkids #MGLitChat -9:56 PM Feb 9th, 2012

coachhays64 @KateMessner Yes! A stellar science series. #MGLitChat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

clairelegrand and when I think about my favorite MG novels, I always ALWAYS remember the voice more than anything else. #mglitchat #mglitchat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @literaticat Same, though I do hear of some who need complex MG and not YA- like @LaurelSnyder 's "Breadbox". #MGLitChat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

sway_author @Dfg Oh how I wish I were kidding. #mglitchat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KDuBayGillis @LaurelSnyder Cannot WAIT for your new one! #mglitchat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Weechagirl RT @JoSVolpe: Voice is much more than vivid characterization--it's the essence of the entire narrative. #mglitchat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LaurelSnyder @literaticat Yeah, and this is like that. Hardly Everclear. #MGlitchat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @JoSVolpe Voice to a MG novel is like confidence to a lion tamer - it's either there and it works, or it's not and you're DOA. #mglitchat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kurtisscaletta #mglitchat this conversation has made em wonder about the smooching scenes in WIP. Nothing but smooching, but a lot of smooching. -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoWhittemore I asked who'd read Hunger Games at a 5th grade visit. So many hands. RT @literaticat: Most 6th grade + are reading YA already. #mglitchat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

restlessbjas Gotta run, but thank you to all the agents here tonight! RT @elissacruz Just a few minutes left. Get your questions in now! #MGlitchat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea @LaurelSnyder @kellybarnhill @dsantat Grrrr on AR level books! #mglitchat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

mswinchell @literaticat Tis true, especially for girls, but many boys stick to MG much longer. I see it in classroom every day. #mglitchat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

sway_author @MelissaRoske At least. #mglitchat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

mrsdurkinmuses @literaticat @stefwass K Patterson often comes to DC Natl book festival. Spoke at Library of Congress to my kids, others in 2010 #MGLitChat -9:57 PM Feb 9th, 2012

word_working Thanks so much for the magical realism examples (helpful since I've written one of these, tho I didn't realize it when I began). #mglitchat -9:58 PM Feb 9th, 2012

clairelegrand @Tina_Wexler I SO agree with this. just because they're younger characters doesn't mean their problems are lesser. #mglitchat -9:58 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf Before I forget, #SFLitChat, for MG/YA SciFi, will be Sunday, 2/12, at 7pm EDT. Theme is World Building. #mglitchat -9:58 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria @JoSVolpe I think it's true: plot is primary, as Aristotle says in the Poetics, we are what we do, and voice comes out of that #mglitchat -9:58 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe I've been seeing MG voice that sounds like how adults WANT kids to sound, not how they really think, sound and feel @ixtumea #mglitchat -9:58 PM Feb 9th, 2012

loritayseastep RT @clairelegrand: and when I think about my favorite MG novels, I always ALWAYS remember the voice more than anything else. #mglitchat -9:58 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dsantat @LaurelSnyder I think you've answered my question pretty well. I now have clarity #mglitchat -9:58 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LaurelSnyder @dsantat Oh, I think you could do that... or like, awkward "hanging out" after school. Or texts or whatever. #MGlitchat -9:58 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @literaticat @LaurelSnyder @dsantat I wondered how long we'd be here before someone dropped an Anne reference #Avonlea4ever #mglitchat -9:58 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PBWorkshop RT @JoSVolpe: Ive been seeing MG voice that sounds like how adults WANT kids to sound, not how they really think, sound and feel #mglitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @JoSVolpe What is the best way to research how kids speak if u aren't around them in your daily life? #mglitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @kingdomofpatria You're right. I should say it's the words your NARRATOR uses/doesn't use, the words that make up their heart. #mglitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

GMarieMerante RT @JoSVolpe: Voice is much more than vivid characterization--it's the essence of the entire narrative. #mglitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KateMessner @AniProf Oohh... World building is one of my favorite things to talk about. Will try to make it! #mglitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

EgmontUSA @kellybarnhill We can drop Anne references all night, and I'll be in heaven. #MGLitChat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea @JoSVolpe Exactly! I have a 10 yr old son and I haven't seen many mc that are like how he or his friends act. #mglitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

coachhays64 RT @AniProf: Before I forget, #SFLitChat, for MG/YA SciFi, will be Sunday, 2/12, at 7pm EDT. Theme is World Building. #mglitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rj_anderson @kurtisscaletta When I was 11 or 12 I would totally have been down with the smooching. Nothing more, but definitely smooching. #MGlitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

restlessbjas RT @Tina_Wexler I see a lot of MG that is big on plot but small on character dev't. Characters coddled. Let them fall down. #mglitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ProPioneer Just how polished/refined does a novel need to be for an agent to be interested? How far do a brilliant idea and strong voice go? #MGlitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @LaurelSnyder @dsantat Do you even have to ask that question? (and Oh! the poor things!) #mglitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

maggiedana @elissacruz Q: did anyone answer q about mg kids using e-readers? #mglitchat -9:59 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kingdomofpatria @Tina_Wexler no doubt, character development can't be sacrificed to plot, but my point is simply that we are what we do... #mglitchat -10:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

FairyCrafts @literaticat as teacher, I need books for fluent readers that are developmentally appropriate-not too scary/mature.Fun & playful #MGLitChat -10:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rachelnseigel @ixtumea Try the "Fourth Stall" series by Chris Rylander. #mglitchat -10:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @kellybarnhill Anne = the original bad girl of tween lit. #drunk #disorderly #dyedhair #bigsleeves #gangster #MGLitChat -10:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

mswinchell My first drafts are always drenched with too much voice. Must. Wring. Manuscript. I agree that voice is essential in MG. #mglitchat -10:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Seagulley Check out their websites!@rachelnseigel: @JoSVolpe What is the best way to research how kids speak if u arent around them in your #Mglitchat -10:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LaurelSnyder @kellybarnhill I was just thinking about historical books like Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Little House, Anne. We let them grow up. #MGlitchat -10:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz @maggiedana I'm not sure. Ask it again! #MGlitchat -10:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

EgmontUSA @literaticat And full of awesome! #MGLitChat -10:00 PM Feb 9th, 2012

clairelegrand @rachelnseigel butting in to say: one of the best ways to research is read GREAT MG novels that get it right. @JoSVolpe #mglitchat -10:01 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LaurelSnyder @rj_anderson But at 11/12 you'd now be reading YA. #MGlitchat -10:01 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea @sway_author Body spray? Wow. #mglitchat -10:01 PM Feb 9th, 2012

maggiedana Question: Do you think mg kids will gravitate toward e-readers or stick with p-books? #mglitchat -10:01 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe I'm so lost! Are there any final questions? #mglitchat -10:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

MelissaRoske Must take away my tween's flashlight now. Many thanks to @tina_wexler @literaticat and @joSvolpe for helpful advice and wisdom! #mglitchat -10:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Gwenda RT @literaticat: @kellybarnhill Anne = the original bad girl of tween lit. #drunk #disorderly #dyedhair #bigsleeves #gangster #MGLitChat -10:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

shyluck13 RT @JoSVolpe: Voice is much more than vivid characterization--it's the essence of the entire narrative. #mglitchat -10:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LM_Preston G'night back to writing #mglitchat #kidlitart #mbpa #bookcountry -10:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kurtisscaletta As an 11 y/o I read MG, YA and some grown up books. I think a lot of kids are the same. #mglitchat -10:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AmyRoseCapetta RT @literaticat: @kellybarnhill Anne = the original bad girl of tween lit. #drunk #disorderly #dyedhair #bigsleeves #gangster #MGLitChat -10:02 PM Feb 9th, 2012

word_working Dear @laurelsnyder--I look forward to getting 'Breadbox' for my daughter; her dad rec. moved far away & I think it will resonate. #mglitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz We have now come to the official end of the chat, but feel free to stick around and chat some more. Transcript up soon. #MGlitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

PBWorkshop Thanks so much to hosts and guests for a great chat-advice and insights and bactrillions of ideas. #mglitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe This generation of kids is growing up with smart phones & tablets. I think they will definitely pick up on ereaders. @maggiedana #mglitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

RosanneParry @mswinchell @literaticat True-boys read MG longer & kids start MG at 7 or 8 which is why dating isn't interesting to the reader. #MGlitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat @maggiedana I think lots and lots of kids do not have access to e-readers, and won't. P-books are affordable, they don't break... #MGLitChat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kurtisscaletta Thanks to our guests for a lively and informative chat. #mglitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

maggiedana @JoSVolpe Do you think mg kids will gravitate toward e-readers or stick with p-books? #mglitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf Say goodnight, Gracie. #mglitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Tina_Wexler @kingdomofpatria True, true. (And now I'm an inch from quoting Batman Begins.) #mglitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea The ten year old boys I see? Are silly with a tad bit of snark. #mglitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Seagulley Thank you! #Mglitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JenniferCEstes Thank you to guests, chat hosts, and everyone else for the great discussion! #mglitchat -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Dfg @maggiedana #mglitchat e-readers hands down. If they're into Computers they will opt for tablets in the near future. -10:03 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenB_Schwartz Thanks so much everyone! Great chat! #MGlitchat -10:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat Sure, lots of kids will get e-readers. But access to paper books is still VITAL, or you are cutting poor kids out of the picture. #MGLitChat -10:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

maggiedana Apologies for repeat questtion. RT @maggiedana: Do you think mg kids will gravitate toward e-readers or stick with p-books? #mglitchat -10:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dsantat Someone pointed out that Junior High 7th/8th grade is closer to a YA voice? 12-13ish? Yes? YA? Seems young for YA #mglitchat -10:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

Dfg #mglitchat Sorry if I wasn't busy with covering New York Fashion Week (NYFW) I would have asked some questions :( -10:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz Thanks to our agents @literaticat, @JoSVolpeand @Tina_Wexlerfor taking time to be here tonight. #MGlitchat -10:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe Good night, Gracie @AniProf #mglitchat -10:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @kurtisscaletta My kid's like that: reads about a book a day, and it's all over the map - MG, YA, grownup, and now Jane Austen #mglitchat -10:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea RT @literaticat: @kellybarnhill Anne = the original bad girl of tween lit. #drunk #disorderly #dyedhair #bigsleeves #gangster #MGLitChat -10:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

dsantat @Tina_Wexler Which is why you're awesome. #mglitchat -10:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

clairelegrand @maggiedana there will be -- at least for a long time -- lots of kids who can't afford e-readers, regardless of tech savvy. #mglitchat -10:04 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @kurtisscaletta (Because Jane Austen is her own genre) #truth #mglitchat -10:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

rj_anderson @LaurelSnyder I'd prob have read some YA, just as I read some "adult" fiction. But the books dearest to my heart were still MG. #MGlitchat -10:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

highlyirritable @literaticat I encourage my kids to make notes in the margins. Not so easy in an e-reader. #MGLitChat -10:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

JoSVolpe Thanks for having us--this was a great chat! I <3 all of the MG love :-) #mglitchat -10:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

DiandraMae @dsantat Having taught 7/8 grade I will say that there is YA young enough for them, as they tend to want to read up. #mglitchat -10:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

literaticat Goodnight guys. I'm out! :-) #MGLitChat -10:05 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @literaticat I would like to shout YES to that approximately ONE MILLION TIMES. #booksforallchildren #mglitchat -10:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

elissacruz Oops, I mean, thanks to @literaticat, @JoSVolpe and @Tina_Wexler. #typos #oops #MGlitchat -10:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

deliasherman RT @literaticat: @kellybarnhill Anne = the original bad girl of tween lit. #drunk #disorderly #dyedhair #bigsleeves #gangster #MGLitChat -10:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa Thanks for coming to tonight's chat, everyone! Feel free to hang around. #mglitchat -10:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kurtisscaletta @highlyirritable Just FYI, most readers have tools for annotations and notes. #MGlitchat -10:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

AniProf I teach Comp Science. We're at least 5-10 years away from tablets/ereaders truly taking a big bite out of pbs. #mglitchat -10:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill RT @literaticat: @kellybarnhill Anne = the original bad girl of tween lit. #drunk #disorderly #dyedhair #bigsleeves #gangster #MGLitChat -10:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ixtumea Great chat tonight! #mglitchat -10:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenB_Schwartz @maggiedana I know 4th graders with e-readers and they just use them to play games #MGlitchat -10:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

LaurelSnyder @rj_anderson Oh, me too. But I volunteer in a middle school library, and so few of them seem to have any interest in MG past 6th. #MGlitchat -10:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

loritayseastep Great chat tonight! Thanks, all. #mglitchat -10:06 PM Feb 9th, 2012

kellybarnhill @literaticat (I think I love you forever for that tweet) #mglitchat -10:07 PM Feb 9th, 2012

KarenninaPosa Thank you for sharing your time and tips with us! @literaticat @JoSVolpe @Tina_Wexler #mglitchat -10:07 PM Feb 9th, 2012

ProPioneer Super informative chat- thank you! @literaticat, @JoSVolpe and @Tina_Wexler. #MGlitchat -10:07 PM Feb 9th, 2012

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