All Because of Chickens

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Refresh: Saturday Morning Musings - Industry failing the genre?

Hi, again, Saturday Musers.

Now as part of the small publisher industry, maybe we shouldn't be asking this...then again, maybe it's the best question we could ask:

Would you say the publishing industry is failing our MG/Tween/YA audience? How?

The larger mainstream publishing houses are reputed to follow the trends and to avoid taking risks with new writers or writing. This could limit the types of books available, thus failing readers. However, smaller, indie publishers often give unknown writers a chance, ensuring that overall, there is a wide range of books available for readers and so, I think that one way or another, the industry is serving our audience well.

I think there are too much horror and dystopian stories as well as stories of great loss. I don’t think we are providing the right role models for these kids. People like Cassandra Clay create characters that do despicable things in the name of trying to do good. I think we need characters that will not be committing violence or doing unethical things. I feel kids want a good story with which they can identify. As authors we have a responsibility to give them that and also to help them to become better people. Teens are very vulnerable to changing ideas and that is why our role is so important.

No, I don’t think so at all. The variety of books available to younger readers today is amazing. It seems when I was a girl, I read every teen book I could get my hands on, from the classics to those “squeaky clean romances”, as our school librarian used to call them. I eventually sought out adult books to fill my insatiable reading appetite. Now, I can’t keep up with all the great YA books available. Whatever the subject matter you’re looking for, you’re bound to find something to satisfy your reading needs.  It’s wonderful.

Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Refresh: Saturday Morning Musings - Do we need HEA endings

Howdy...remember to smile!

Hope you're feeling great this morning. I know some of us work on Saturdays, but when it's a day off it feels wonderful.

We're talking HEAs today...Most romance books have the Happy Ever After ending, is this a requirement for our audience?

I think a 'Happy Ever After Ending' is usually required, but from time to time, it is necessary to contravene this so that it doesn't become a rule. I think readers would become bored if they always knew the outcome of a book before they started, so from time to time, a sad ending is necessary.

I don't think this is necessarily true. Yes, devoted romance readers want HEA storylines, yet the audience is changing. As romance crosses generas more ending options open. Some romances were never meant to be forever, but what becomes important at the end is what the characters learn about themselves and each other. I think the key is an ending that is positive in some way even though it might involve heartbreak.

Not necessarily, but many of them do like it if they have an ending that is satisfying to them. It doesn’t always have to be happily ever after, but it does have to leave them feeling good. Most of them prefer if there is a happy ending, though.

As much as I love a tragic ending, I do think it’s kind of a requirement *if* you want to leave your readers happy. “Happy Ever Afters” are preferred by most people, not just young adults. My husband, for example, hates books and movies with sad endings.

A famous author of a best-selling YA trilogy killed off her heroine at the end and it left a huge percentage of her readers furious. It was a risky move, and although I didn’t mind the ending, it seemed her target audience was left fuming mad.

There is always the exception to the rule, but I think everyone wants that little spark of hope, even in a sad ending.

Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note:

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Refresh: Saturday Morning Musings - What is Saturday Morning Musings?


What is Saturday Morning Musings?

It’s a place to meet and get a feel about our authors who write your specific genre: MG/Tween/Teen/YA/New YA.

The one thing you can be sure about is we never shy away from any topic. Yes, for the most part we’re talking PG. Yes, some of our authors use strong language, even a more personal situation.

I strive…don’t always succeed…to ask questions that I wanted to have answered when I was young (okay, like I said last Sunday, I’m not the age of dinosaurs). We want to talk with you, not at you. We want you to be as excited about reading as we are.

We want you to be writers…called pass on the craziness.

We want to pass on advice without the lectures. We want to give you an escape from the stress of being your age.

We want to be serious and have fun.

Then why the boring title? Because back in my day when I walked with the dinosaurs, we had something called Saturday Morning Cartoons…on every major channel and network. Some nearly all day long. Most from eight in the morning till about noon, then again around supper time. Granted we only had three, maybe five major channels, but they weren’t filled with politics or infomercials. They were cartoons, monster movies, SF movies, mysteries…pure fun.

Hence, the boring title: Saturday Morning Musings. Maybe our motto should be…bringing the fun and escape back to Saturdays?

Now to our familiar ending…

Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note: