You've read their book, now read their thoughts! I sat-down with Alison Evans (and by that I mean, I was sitting down when I wrote these questions and I'm guessing they were also sitting down when they emailed me their answers back) to get their insights on writing AusQueerYA, author earnings and the importance of … Continue reading Interview with Alison Evans
Ida, Alison Evans (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: ‘How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? Ida struggles … Continue reading Review: Ida, Alison Evans
Part 3: Capturing Your Characters In the last two posts on Writing LGBTQ+ Characters, we looked at brainstorming characters and how to build well-rounded people while avoiding lazy and/or offensive stereotyping. You might be sitting here now with a pretty awesome character in your head. They have a name, a hometown, they like documentaries and … Continue reading Writing Queer Characters Part 3.
Part 2: Stereotypes and Tired Tropes In Part 1 of this series, we looked at ways to begin planning your characters and the importance of understanding your Main Character’s sexuality from the outset. This week we are talking about how to develop your Queer characters while avoiding stereotypes, tropes and being downright offensive. There is some … Continue reading Writing Queer Characters Part 2.
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.
Step into our office. Get YA Words out started in 2016 as a poorly constructed blog focusing on writing advice for LGBTQ+ writers working on QueerYA fiction. The reasoning behind this was that I (more about me below) am a LGBTQ+ writer working on a QueerYA manuscript and felt all alone. After spending half a … Continue reading What is Get YA Words Out?
Why it makes sense to self-publish your AusQueerYA One of the biggest names in self-publishing (though not a QueerYA author) is Hugh Howey. If you're not familiar with his story, basically he sold his first book to a traditional publisher, thought the whole process was awful, bought back the rights to his novel, self-published that … Continue reading The Argument for Self-Publishing
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?