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Title: Chapters in MG
Post by: YB on May 02, 2019, 09:41 AM
Hello,
I just finished revising my MG manuscript, and there is one question remaining:  should I divide it into numerous chapters to keep the reader occupied?  I have initially created only three big chapters based on the plot, but  would it make it difficult for this age group to keep on reading?
 
Title: Re: Chapters in MG
Post by: anastasia-suen on May 02, 2019, 01:52 PM
I have initially created only three big chapters based on the plot, but  would it make it difficult for this age group to keep on reading?

A 3 chapter book is fine for a beginning reader book (ages 4-8), but some beginning reader books have 5 chapters and the next step up, the early chapter book (ages 6-9) has 8-10 chapters. A middle grade book (ages 8-12) is two steps above a 3 chapter book, so these readers  expect to see even more chapters.  Look for the turning points and place a chapter break there. 
Title: Re: Chapters in MG
Post by: Vijaya on May 02, 2019, 02:21 PM
YB, Anastasia has given you excellent guidelines. Turning points make good chapter endings. Also some scene breaks. How long is your book?
MG has a huge variety...here's a helpful post from a literary agent to determine what type of book you've written: http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2011/05/wordcount-dracula.html
Title: Re: Chapters in MG
Post by: YB on May 02, 2019, 03:15 PM
Thank you so much! Your advice is truly helpful.
Title: Re: Chapters in MG
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on May 07, 2019, 08:43 PM
Some kids (and adults) find very long chapters daunting. Just something for you to consider.
Title: Re: Chapters in MG
Post by: Mrs. Jones on May 08, 2019, 04:41 AM
It sounds like you've divided your ms into "parts," not chapters.  I would look at dividing those parts into chapters by analyzing where scenes naturally break, and where you can put "page-turning" endings that lead a reader to turn to the next chapter.

Also, maybe go to the bookstore and take a look at the MG books on the shelves. That alone will give you an idea of what agents and editors and especially readers are expecting.
Title: Re: Chapters in MG
Post by: YB on May 08, 2019, 10:25 AM
Parts indeed! Than you so much. Now I have 37 chapters.