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I am currently working on a children's book {fiction}, and 13 is the age of my protaganist.

How do I know if I'm writing a Middle Grade or YA book?

Thank you.

Nancy.

Thank you Dorthy for answering me so promptly.

Middle Grade is for grades fourth - sixth, and YA {Young Adult} is for grades seventh - ninth.  

I was wondering if the degree of tension, action, storyline, depth of characters, ect. determined whether the publisher would focus on Middle Grade or YA level of kids.  

Also, I would like to know to be able to send it to the right agent.  

Congratulations on your book.
  
Nancy.

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Hello, Nancy,

I am sure your are correct; however, when you have finished the book and find a publisher,you will have to let him decide where to focus. Findind an agent and a publisher is not easy. There are books with names and addresses of publishers and agents and the genre they work with. The books give instructions as to how each publisher wants to receive manuscripts. I advise that you get one at a library and look through it.

Thanks for the congratulations.  My second book is also out and the third is with the publisher now. I have signed on with a publicist so that word of my books gets around better.

Happy writing,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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