How professional diaries are changing the face of young adult writing

Berries and Cream has sold over 300,000 books

for young readers

o Chesterfryd, who earned £15,000 from writing his first book

and made a five-figure profit from his second

when he quit his job in creative writing

When 11-year-old Lindsay Byker became one of the youngest authors in Britain to achieve bestselling status with his first book Little Lad: the Story of a Boy Who Loves God, Scarlet Blue, she may have been surprised that it was one of the first listed on the Guardian’s young author’s bookshop chart, but she wasn’t.

When author David Asprey published his first book Blondes Are Beautiful for children aged eight to 10 years of age in 2003, he was also very surprised. In 2004 the author’s diary was picked up by Faber to become a professional diary for writers and publishers; given that the YA market was still relatively new he hit the market with his book within a few months and, given his recent success with his memoir Disgusting Mum, he’s fast emerging as one of the top authors of young adults writing today.

Get your copy of Little Lad: the Story of a Boy Who Loves God out in paperback from A paperback of Little Lad: the Story of a Girl Who Loves God and the Criterion edition is out in February.

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