I can still remember the first time I met Deborah Halverson, sitting in the crowd at the big SCBWI conference in Los Angeles. She and fellow assistant editor, Krista Marino, who worked with Deborah at Harcourt, had made the drive from San Diego. I knew from subbing to Deborah in my oh-so-early agent days that she was smart, and after meeting her in person, that sense was underscored, along with a new understanding of how personable she is. But it wasn't until after she'd left Harcourt and written a YA novel while going through the last few months of pregnancy, birth, and the first few months of raising her triplet sons that I knew she wasn't just smart and personable—she is driven and organized and the very epitome of, "If you want something to get done, ask a busy person."
So when Deborah returned from a year's sabbatical in England and began setting up a brilliant website called DearEditor.com and secured a contract to write a book about writing for young adults in the beloved DUMMIES series, I wasn't the least bit surprised. If anybody could do it, Deborah could.
And oh, has she done it! WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION FOR DUMMIES practically sparkles with insight and information and profiles of people working hard in this industry who share their tips and thoughts about how new writers can turn into veterans and established writers can acquire new tools and tactics.
Head on over to DearEditor.com to get more information—and most importantly, if you are an aspiring YA author, to enter a drawing for a full manuscript critique from Deborah herself!
Congratulations, Deborah, on another amazing accomplishment!