“I would say if you want to write, write what you care about. I think that's the most important thing. I think if you write what you care about, you stand a better chance of having the reader care about your story.” – Jerry Spinelli
An American writer of children's novels that feature adolescence and early adulthood, Spinelli is best known for his books Maniac Magee and Wringer, both Newbery Award winners. And while they are definitively “Young Adult” books, he said “I don't really write for adults or kids - I don't write for kids, I write about them. I think you need to do that; otherwise, you end up preaching down. You need to listen not so much to the audience but to the story itself.”
Nobody told me how hard it was going to be to get published. I wrote four novels (for adults) that nobody wanted, sent them out all over, and collected hundreds and hundreds of rejection slips.” His fifth book was also supposed to be for adults, but instead was accepted as a Young Adult title and he was on his way. Since then, he’s written more than 30 YA books,
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