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About Cynthea Liu
Cynthea Liu writes for young people of all ages, from the very little all the way to teens. For Disney and Marvel, her latest titles include chapter books for Disney and Marvel for feature films like TURNING RED and SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. She has also written picture books, Little Golden Books, picture story books, and photo books for both companies for these films and other Disney/Marvel properties that are loved by millions of kids throughout the world. Her books also include original extension stories such as THE PANDA IN YOU, MULAN'S PERFECT PRESENT, and TIANA'S FRIENDSHIP FIX-UP. Her original board books include GUS LOVES CINDERELLA, FLOUNDER LOVES ARIEL, and CHIP LOVES BELLE. From time to time, Cynthea also ghostwrites for other bestselling Disney properties.
Cynthea has also authored works for other major trade publishers including THE DARE (originally published by Penguin Random as PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE), a humorous mystery novel for grades 4-7, which was an Oklahoma Book Award Winner and an APALA Selection. For the younger set, Cynthea's picture book BIKE ON, BEAR! (Simon & Schuster) is an Illinois Reads title and Oklahoma Book Award Winner. Both books have been translated into multiple languages. Her book Wooby & Peep was a Barnes & Noble Summer Selection, and her young adult novel THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA was part of Speaks' bestselling teen S.A.S.S. (Students Across the Seven Seas) series.
Cynthea has also published her WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: A CRASH COURSE (updated in 2022) to help others ramp up quickly on the business of writing for children and teens.
Based in Illinois, Cynthea has spoken to a number of schools in the state and across the country. She has also been a guest speaker for national conferences organized by the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Association for Library Services to Children, and the Young Adult Library Services Association, among others. In addition, Cynthea has had the opportunity to speak locally and regionally for the Illinois School Media Library Association, the Illinois Reading Council, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Chicago Teacher-Librarians Association. Cynthea is a frequent guest author for local family literacy nights, young author conferences, and local colleges and universities.
In adidtion to her work with other publishers, Cynthea enjoys teaching others the ins and outs of children's and teen book publishing as a book coach, teacher, and publishing consultant.
Cynthea Liu spent her formative years in Oklahoma and Texas where she was a Whiz Quiz member, an Academic Decathloner, and a spelling bee champion. (Yes, she was very popular.) After attending college on the East coast, she worked at a corporate job where she mastered PowerPoint and racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles. Eventually, she traded in her suit for sweats to do the fun stuff–writing for children.
To learn more about Cynthea and her books, please visit her author website at www.writingforchildrenandteens.com.
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Cynthea Liu, author of Disney's junior novel Turning Red and Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, pens a fast-paced, creepy mystery told with heart and humor.
Age Level: 9 and up Grade Level: 4 and up
Illinois Reads List Author
U.S. Asian Pacific American Library Association Selection
Ben Franklin Gold Award Winner
Royal Dragonfly Award Winner
Scholastic Book Clubs selection
Oklahoma Book Award-Winning Author
Twelve-year-old Paris Pan has moved to a small town where she has a real shot at making friends. But that friendship comes at a price. She must take The Dare, something that caused a girl to disappear on the very property she now resides. To make matters worse, Paris must play basketball against her will, eradicate a crush on the least desirable boy in seventh grade, and cope with a family crisis that was possibly caused by a chili dog.
- A humorous, suspenseful middle-grade novel featuring a tween protagonist who is caught up in a "ghostly" mystery in a small town while navigating sticky situations at school and at home
- Great for children ages 9-12 who have grown out of chapter books and are looking for engrossing, fast-paced reading.
- Popular with both upper elementary and middle school girls and boys grades 4-7
- Addresses social issues from peer pressure, bullying, empathy, friendship, and more
- Makes a wonderful tool or gift for anyone looking for a story featuring a diverse, spunky female protagonist
"Paris's desire for friendship will ring true with middle school readers." - School Library Journal
"I have read it five times. Cynthea Liu, you are awesome, you write the best books in the world." Your number one fan, Hanna
"We're going to do one chapter a night as our bedtime reading. It's really easy to read out loud, too. We're enjoying it!" - C. Tahmaseb, Parent
"I bought two copies and gave one to [daughter's] best friend ... Meanwhile, they are reading (without being pushed) a chapter a night to each other ... Then they discuss the chapter and are LOVING the book." - Flora, Parent
"Oh, I loved it! I finished it in one sitting tonight! Paris is a hoot!" - Kathleen, Children's Bookseller
"I loved it too! I'm really looking forward to you visiting our school! I know the kids will really enjoy it!" - Courtney, Elementary School Teacher
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the book. I stayed up past my bedtime last night reading and then finished it over breakfast this morning, making myself late for work!" - Roxanne, Writer
"A masterpiece. Child readers will grow up and present battered copies to their children who will wonder what all the fuss is about, then present even more battered copies to their children." FredTownWard ★★★★★
"Surprisingly creepy in parts, and freshly genuine throughout all ... the perfect starter scary story for the 10 and up set, and a charming addition to any Coming Of Age collection." - S. Mitchell ★★★★★
"Enjoyed the book. Even my mom read it. I received good points for my book report and my teacher was proud.
For this query letter article, topics include
- Pitch Part II
- Bio -
Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive, current, and detailed reference guide designed specifically for writing children and young adults, written by a bestselling, award-winning children's book author who is in the field today.
Writing for Children and Teens is a ten-step course that addresses the nitty-gritty details of the business and covers core principles for picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult novels, including ...
- How to stress-test your book ideas for the marketplace for any format
- How long your manuscript should be for any format
- How to format your manuscript
- How to write and revise your manuscript to make your book great including topics such as target audience, target market, character, plot, theme, setting, and description
- Common writing issues to avoid along with possible solutions
- How to determine if one should pursue major trade, small press, self-publishing, independent publishing, or hybrid publishing
- How to physically or electronically submit to literary agents and editors
- How to write a cover letter, query, synopsis, and author bio designed to entice
- Submission strategies for just about any situation for writers who have little to no experience
- How to interpret confusing submission guidelines, complete with advice on how to communicate professionally with agents and editors using their lingo
- Where to seek valuable input and help from the writing community
- Important resources, tools, and organizations every children's and teen book writer should know about
Book coach Cynthea and her pooch crew from her website of the same name (Writing for Children and Teens) have been hard at work on this latest edition to deliver practical, current advice for you, your family members, your friends, and any of your fur-babies interested in writing for children and young adults.
The new paperback and hardcover editions are coming soon to an Amazon page near you.
Praise for Writing for Children and Teens: A Crash Course
"There are lots of books about writing for children out there. Many are good. Some are great. What sets this book apart is Cynthea Liu's straightforward, take-no-prisoners approach to teaching writing. There's no fat or fluff or baloney in this book; no long philosophical rants about writing. Instead, you'll find a distillation of how to write for kids written in clear, direct, language that's fun to read. It's like having a friend explain something to you over a plate of brownies. If want to learn how to write for kids, then this is the book to get." - EQ ★★★★★
"The number of books lining the shelves on writing for children is mind-boggling. This is THE ONE you should pick up. Cynthea teaches the ins and outs of writing strong books for children with humor and excellent examples.
Bear can do almost anything. His one-paw pawstand is perfection. He can solve the trickiest of equations. He can even out-build a brigade of beavers. But the one thing Bear can’t do? Ride a bike.
Bear tries everything to help him learn: library books, training wheels and super-cheers from his fellow animal friends. But all of those fail to get poor Bear on two wheels.The situation is looking unbearable—but an unexpected mishap might be just the thing that propels Bear to bike on!
- Identifying a publisher or packager
- A study checklist
- The components of a proposal (synopsis, chapter outlines, character sketches, sample chapters)
Cynthea Liu is an active children's book author represented by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and published by Penguin.
Author Cynthea Liu is an active children's book author represented by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and published by the Penguin Group.