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
Content warning: swear words and generally angry rant ahead. I get it. I really do. I’ve fallen into the diversity trap multiple times in the last few weeks alone, but I’m putting a stop to it now. I’m calling for a blackout on the word ‘diverse’. And sorry to break it to you Straight people, … Continue reading Diversity: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Part 1: The Basics I’ve just finished reading Steph Bowe’s Night Swimming, a super cute and overall positive AusQueerYA. A full review will be up soon, but one thing that struck me was the repeat of the ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ trope and the ‘Awkward Lesbian’ thing, that we also saw in Erin Gough’s Flywheel. … Continue reading Writing Queer Characters Part 1.
The YA part: We’ll start with the easy(ish) stuff. YA stands for Young Adult and is fiction "intended" for a teenage audience (*pretends not to be a 26 year old YA fan-girl*). These novels feature teenage characters grappling with the vast mountain of teenage issues and emotions. They generally run shorter than adult fiction (roughly 60-80k … Continue reading What is AusQueerYA?