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?
(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
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.
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
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.