The Sidekicks, Will Kostakis (2016) Note: We don't give star-ratings. We review in order to encourage the development of AusQueerYA, by deconstructing the good and the bad bits, to learn and grow as writers. *mega spoilers* The Blurb: 'The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd. All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They … Continue reading Review: The Sidekicks, Will Kostakis
The Australian Queer community is facing a tough battle right now. Our identity, lifestyle and basic human rights are being publicly debated, as though we are a new species of cane toad, rather than human beings. Many people in the Queer community have logged off, powered down and are patiently waiting out the storm. This … Continue reading You Are Not Alone: Why Queer YA Matters
Start Here. You've done the hard yards and finished a manuscript. Way to go! You're feeling good about it. This could be a best-seller. This could win all the literary awards. This could at least get a few 3 star reviews on Goodreads. You decide you want to publish your novel. But how? There are … Continue reading How Do I Get a Book Published?
One of the hardest parts of being a writer is playing the waiting game. As writers, whether emerging or established, we spend a lot of time waiting. We wait for inspiration. We wait to hear back from publishers. We wait for edits. We wait for feedback. We wait to be published. We wait to be … Continue reading Interview with Alicia Tuckerman
Psynode, Marlee Jane Ward (2017) Note: We don't give star-ratings. We review in order to encourage the development of AusQueerYA, by deconstructing the good and the bad bits, to learn and grow as writers. *mega spoilers* The Blurb: ‘Having barely made it out of Orphancorp alive, Mirii is on a mission to find the most … Continue reading Review: Psynode, Marlee Jane Ward
Give yourself the best chance to succeed. Last post we talked about how to finish a manuscript and begin thinking about submitting it. One of the scariest things for me as a writer is the idea that you get ‘one chance’. Sure, there are a lot of publishers and a lot of competitions and across … Continue reading Following the Rules: How to Prepare a YA Manuscript for Submission
(And be proud of your efforts) You can’t have a book published if you don’t finish writing the book. If you want to be published, you have to write. Finishing a novel, as you probably know, is not easy. Most writers fail to be published because they either never finish their book, or give up … Continue reading How to Write a YA Novel
Got a finished manuscript you're hoping to submit? Wondering what you need to do to ensure you give yourself the greatest chance of success? Ever wanted to know which Queer characters are Nicola Santilli's favourites? Get YA Words Out was lucky enough to interview the aforementioned Nicola Santilli, Junior Editor at Walker Books Australia, to … Continue reading Interview: Nicola Santilli, Walker Books Australia
What we're doing and what you can be doing too. We've been a bit quiet on the Get YA Words Out blog and for this we apologise. July is officially here, which means Pride month is over (or at least that's what we'll tell the non-Queers *taps nose* *winks*), which means we should probably get … Continue reading Get YA Words Out in July
Get YA Words Out was lucky enough to be interviewed for this month's issue of OUTinPerth! Check it out here.