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
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
Welcome to Orphancorp, Marlee Jane Ward (2015) 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: ‘A sharp-edged semi-futuristic riff about a rebellious teenager’s last week at an industrial orphanage.’ The … Continue reading Review: Welcome to Orphancorp, Marlee Jane Ward
There is this confusion in activism that being strong means never let anything touch you. People think it means having a thick skin, a core of rock and never feeling afraid. Sure, you can be all these things as an activist, but being vulnerable, being scared and being emotional doesn’t mean you’re not cut out … Continue reading You Are Enough: Queer activism and how being strong and being vulnerable are not mutually exclusive states.
CW: Sexual references Sex has been a source of controversy across the history of Queer YA. Books have been banned, manuscripts rejected, authors harassed and readers shamed over even the most basic of sex scenes. It's 2017 though, so I think it's time to be bolder with our depictions of sex within Queer YA, show … Continue reading Let’s talk about sex: Between the Queer YA sheets.
Finding Nevo, Nevo Zisin (2017) This review is taking on a different format to our usual reviews. That is because this book is non-fiction. Finding Nevo is not a 'story', it is a person's life. It doesn't seem right, or at all necessary, to critique this novel with the view of deconstructing 'good' and 'bad' … Continue reading Non-Review: Finding Nevo, Nevo Zisin
System's fucked. In my previous post, I discussed why the word ‘diversity’ is fraught with problems and how there is a lack of power in the Queer writing community. Today we will delve deeper into how that power is established, distributed and withheld within the Australian YA community and how we as Queer writers can … Continue reading It’s not us, it’s them: How the system is built to keep Queer voices out.
Songs That Sound Like Blood, Jared Thomas (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: ‘Roxy May Redding’s got music in her soul and songs in her blood. She … Continue reading Review: Songs That Sound Like Blood, Jared Thomas
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.