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So I'm currently working on 2 YA WIPs. And I just got an idea for an adult cozy series so I'm jotting down notes, character lists, plot ideas, etc.

Is anyone else juggling a kidlit WIP with an adult side project? How do you do it?
#1 - April 28, 2014, 08:09 AM
Author of YA novel, Grunge Gods and Graveyards (Red Adept Publishing, 2014)

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I write both YA and adult. My first adult book comes out in June, and I was dealing with edits for that while working on my YA WIP. And...I don't know--I just do it. The stories and characters seem to occupy different spaces in my head, so it's not really any different for me than juggling two YAs. I wonder, though, if it might not be more difficult to juggle picture book writing and adult fiction, or if it's just the same compartmentalizing thing.
#2 - April 28, 2014, 08:40 AM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)

I do both. I'm finishing my 3rd contracted cozy mystery for Annie's Fiction and I'm also subbing a YA mystery. And I'm working o a YA historical romance. My Annie's books have deadlines so I work on other things around that.
#3 - April 28, 2014, 05:39 PM
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I have an orphaned adult how-to book I plan to revise and get ship-shape this summer. But first I'm finishing a picture book dummy.
#4 - April 28, 2014, 07:20 PM
Animal Totem Mandala 2016
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Color and Conjure 2017 (Llewellyn)

Actually generally I do adult fiction, that stars a MG protagonist -- often in first person. Which often makes it difficult to tell someone how to distinguish this project from your MG work.

The biggest difference being that my adult fiction is generally grimmer. To clarify, grimmer than my other work. Not necessarily grimmer than another persons middle grade.
#5 - May 06, 2014, 07:35 PM
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I have an adult cozy that I've been running through my mind for the past four or five years. I've even written most of it down. I work on it when the mood strikes.
#6 - May 06, 2014, 10:35 PM
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I write both PB and adult nonfiction, but my current WIP is a YA.

I tend to let the most pressing project drive my work, while the other project "percolates." I like the clarity offered by giving myself time to think, and dream, about a project before I sit my butt in the chair and do the work. I jot down notes and thoughts (prompts) and put them in the file so the project is ready for me when I get there.
Sometimes I'll need a break from the work on an adult title, and use that as an excuse to work on a PB for a day or two. I find it refreshing to switch genres, and I come back to the original project with renewed enthusiasm.
#7 - May 07, 2014, 05:44 AM
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I write both kidlit and adultlit (women's fiction/chick lit). But I seem to work better writing one project at a time. Otherwise my style/voice bleeds over into the other.

#8 - May 07, 2014, 10:24 AM
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My SP humorous poetry book is aimed at an adult readership. I'm also writing a MG novel. I was able to work on both most of the time, except near the pub date for the poetry book, when it took precedence. It was easy to shift gears because they're so different.
#9 - May 07, 2014, 10:45 AM

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I use the Snowflake Method software to organize my projects so I enter in the data to ensure I don't forget important points. Right now all my current WIPs are in Snowflake and I started entering character info into the software for my cozy.
My CP and I were thinking of assigning days to various projects so we don't get burnt out on one project.
#10 - May 08, 2014, 12:31 PM
Author of YA novel, Grunge Gods and Graveyards (Red Adept Publishing, 2014)


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