Online Literary Presentation
Mr. Sandler is an award-winning author of many books for young readers, including The Story of Photography, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and Vaqueros. He is also a television producer. A five-time Emmy winner and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, he lives in Massachusetts with his wife. His recent novel, 1919 The Year That Changed America, was awarded the 2019 Young People’s Literature Winner National Book Award.
Some Writing Tips from Martin:
~ KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
If you’re writing for teenagers, think like a teen. That means putting yourself in contact with them and getting to know what’s important to them. Whatever age level you’re writing for, remember kids don’t much care for grown-ups’ world. Important also – as far as your characters are concerned, kids will read up, but not down.
~ DON’T SHY AWAY FROM TOUCHY SUBJECTS
It’s 2020. Almost any issue is appropriate.
~ DON”T WRITE “DOWN”
Again, its 2020. Your audience is much more perceptive and worldly-wise than you probably think they are. And throw away the tired myth that says most kids (especially boys) don’t like to read. Heaven knows, Harry Potter put that to rest.
~ WRITE HOPEFUL ENDINGS
Even if it’s a glimmer of hope. If there ever was a time when we don’t need “downers”, this is certainly it.
Hope this is helpful – and PLEASE STAY WELL.
Martin W. Sandler