- Don't write down to your audience; kids are more aware of the world than you think they are
- Don't try to use your book to cram morality down their throats; they get enough of that at school and in church
- Vampires rock, but not romantic vampires. Make them mean again, please! (I laughed out loud at this, because I'm frequently thinking the same thing when I read queries.)
Also good: books with videogame-style plots involving zombie attacks, alien attacks, robot attacks or any excuse to shoot something.
I couldn't agree more, Max!