The Wheeler Centre has just announced an amazing opportunity for unpublished writers, with support from the Aesop Foundation. 'The Next Chapter' offers $15,000 each and a personally selected mentor to ten writers over the year. They are interested in supporting a range of diverse Australian voices, particularly those who might find it hard to be … Continue reading The Next Chapter
Well, we certainly got our words out this year. First up, a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us, followed us, boosted us and reached out to us this year. Without you, none of the following would have been achieved. So go on, give yourself a big hug. A bigger one … Continue reading Year in Review
Where are all my space gays at? There has been some discussion lately about the lack of perceived marketability of Queer YA novels featuring f/f (female/female) relationships, particularly in the American market. This post will discuss how that affects us here in Australia, how our own Australian authors/publishers have a slightly different trend than our … Continue reading Increasing Queer Representation in YA through Genre Fiction
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?
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
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.
Night Swimming by Steph Bowe (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: ‘Imagine being the only two seventeen-year-olds in a small town. That’s life for Kirby Arrow and her … Continue reading Review: Night Swimming, Steph Bowe
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.