I’ve been reading a few YA manuscripts and there seems to be a trend. Please avoid the mistakes listed below. It’s a big turn off.

1. Don’t gloss over the first kiss of the relationship.

2. Don’t gloss over most of the emotions tied to the relationship.

3. No hot and heavy sex scenes with all of the details. You will be asked to tone the scene down.

4. The F-bomb should be used sparingly.

5. Don’t start the story with the main character at school or getting ready for school.