Over the weekend, I immersed myself in Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Along with the Hunger Games, the books well deserve the raves the trilogy is getting. Collins lets you know front and center that even just rebellions are dirty, disgusting, and fearsome things that damage people even if they manage to survive.
The demon book may break too many rules, especially the ones about presenting your viewpoint characters, but then again, I use two main viewpoints in a tween book. Emma is more conventional middle grade book. Okay, in Demons, I've got the demon rising from the portal, but he doesn't appear again until the end of the book. :throws hands in the air:
Rules. Rules. Am back on the fence for Dark Solstice [About my Half-Elven, not Tolkien's] There's entirely too much telling, I think, for current tastes ... plus I have all sorts of multiple viewpoints giving their interpretation of the same events. Does that sound like literary? Maybe, I'll just self-publish the thing ... and go on and finish the trilogy about Kerry as a young adult. In short, I don't know what I'll do.
Be careful when you complete more than one project. Your headaches increase exponentially.
[I gave up on figuring out what my voice is long ago. If it's there, it's there. If it's not, I don't know under which rock to find it.]
Then, there are the invaluable Beta readers and critique partners. The GotYA blog has a neat bit on comparing them to characters in the Lord of the Rings. Check it out for fun, if nothing else.