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Seeking YA Novelists

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ry Raman Feb 19, 2012. 7 Replies

Hello Everyone!I'm looking for fellow YA writers to form either a virtual or in-person writer's circle.  I've recently completed my first novel, and am patiently revising and seeking input from every…Continue

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Melanie Conklin replied to the discussion 'What was your blog post about today?' in the group Mother Writer!
"There's a great giveaway on my group blog today1 If you read YA or have teens who are into contemporary stories, stop by for a chance to win. There aren't many entries yet, so you have great…"
Jun 27
Melanie Conklin replied to the discussion 'What was your blog post about today?' in the group Mother Writer!
"In the spirit of the holidays, and because I turned in my latest revision (Yay!), I'm giving away a first chapter crit on my blog! http://www.melanieconklin.com/2013/12/happy-holidays-with-gift-for-you.html"
Dec 21, 2013
Melanie Conklin replied to the discussion 'What was your blog post about today?' in the group Mother Writer!
"Stop by my blog to Trick or Treat for FREE BOOKS! Happy Halloween, everyone. :) http://www.melanieconklin.com/2013/10/trick-or-treat-for-books_24.html"
Oct 30, 2013
Melanie Conklin replied to the discussion 'What was your blog post about today?' in the group Mother Writer!
"Do you love YA? Check out the review and GIVEAWAY of a SIGNED copy of Leigh Bardugo's amazing, best-selling Siege & Storm! And take a minute to check out Kidliterati if you haven't yet--we're a bunch of MG and YA authors, and this…"
Aug 5, 2013
Melanie Conklin commented on the group 'Your First Novel'
"Hi, Christina--congrats on writing (most of) your first novel! Here's the thing: you need to finish writing it as you planned. Then, send it out for reads with trusted critique partners, and let it rest for a minimum of two weeks. Then and only…"
Jul 24, 2013
Angela Anderson commented on the blog post 'A Feedback Form for Beta Readers'
"This was really helpful. Thank you. I've been trying to develop a beta reader questionnaire for a nonfiction book I've been working on, and have been surprised at how few online sources I've been able to find. "
Jul 17, 2013
Melanie Conklin replied to the discussion 'What was your blog post about today?' in the group Mother Writer!
"Hi, ladies! If you write MG or YA, you may be interested in a group blog that launched today: http://www.kidliterati.com/ We're all Kidlit authors, and we share a common goal: getting to the heart of Kidlit, for BOTH readers AND writers. To…"
Jul 10, 2013
Melanie Conklin replied to the discussion 'What was your blog post about today?' in the group Mother Writer!
"Hello Ladies! I recently wrote about my revision process in detail--with specific tips about how to use color-coded post-its to balance the many different elements of your manuscript. I hope some of you might find it helpful! :)…"
Mar 13, 2013
Melanie Conklin replied to the discussion 'What was your blog post about today?' in the group Mother Writer!
"Happy Sunday everyone! Today is the last day to enter my Valentine's Giveaway for a pretty sweet YA book PLUS CHOCOLATE! I always love it when fellow she-writers drop by. :) http://www.melanieconklin.com/2013/02/the-future-of-us-giveaway.html"
Feb 10, 2013
Melanie Conklin commented on the group 'Writers for Young Adults'
"I'm giving away an adorable YA novel on my blog for Valentine's Day (plus CHOCOLATE!). Thought you guys might be interested :)  http://www.melanieconklin.com/2013/02/the-future-of-us-giveaway.html"
Feb 4, 2013
Melanie Conklin replied to the discussion 'What was your blog post about today?' in the group Mother Writer!
"For February, a Valentine's GIVEAWAY complete with an adorable BOOK and CHOCOLATE! yay! http://www.melanieconklin.com/2013/02/the-future-of-us-giveaway.html"
Feb 2, 2013
Melanie Conklin replied to the discussion 'What was your blog post about today?' in the group Mother Writer!
"I received the Very Inspiring Blogger Award today! Of all the blog awards out there, this one really makes me happy. Why do we write, if not inspire?  For my entry, I shared 7 things about myself--specifically, 7 things being a designer has…"
Dec 7, 2012
LaDonna Reed replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I've been to a writer's conference. It's a great learning experience at least it was for me. I learned the different routes I can take my writing that was not always direct but obvious such as catalog writing. I attended the one in…"
Nov 8, 2012
Meg Waite Clayton replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Love to hear how it was, Elena. "
Oct 26, 2012
Melanie Conklin replied to the discussion 'Beta Reader-YA' in the group Your First Novel
"What genre do you write? It often helps to seek out writers of a similar genre. You can find matches on Absolute Write, Query Tracker, and often on twitter, once you start to meet new writer pals. Attending a local writing conference, or even an…"
Oct 21, 2012
Melanie Conklin replied to the discussion 'Opinions' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Also, if there are any hurt feelings, it's never a bad thing to remind yourself WHY you are beta-reading in the first place. The goal is to improve the work, so that it is enticing to agents and/or readers. If the author is not taking steps…"
Oct 12, 2012

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I am a designer and mother who has just written her first novel. I'm eager to join a community of writers to work cooperatively and provide guidance and feedback to each other.
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A Feedback Form for Beta Readers

Posted on February 12, 2012 at 3:18pm 1 Comment

I've just sent my MS to a dozen eager teenage readers.  I'm crossing my fingers, excited, barfy, and strangely suspended.  It's still hard to believe it's happening at all.

After discussing the impending beta read on shewrites, I decided to create a feedback form for my readers.  They're teens, so I tried to keep it simple.  It's attached here for those of you who need a starting block to collecting your own feedback!  Happy beta reading everyone :)…

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Who's to say my Heroine's not Real?

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 10:58am 0 Comments

Most evenings these days my creative director husband and I have book-related conversations.  Topics like, Why do I feel Like a Loser?  What Should I Do Next? and the like are common.  But last night we took a step away from all of that and just had some fun with it - and now, my heroine Katie Cranford has her very own twitter (@katiecranford) and email!

Is it a jinx to believe that one day gaggles of girls will follow Katie?  Is it egotistical to contemplate what she'd have…

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What to do while you're WAITING?

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 8:07am 0 Comments

Now that I've embarked on the presumably lengthy journey to publication, I'm doing a lot of waiting.  I loan out the MS to a beta reader and then I wait for feedback.  I send the query to my editor cousin and wait for a thumbs up.  I email tentative query notes to a few select agents and wait for the no's to roll in.

I know that the process is going to be long.  But the waiting has go to go.  After pouring myself into my novel for months straight, I can't just sit back and…

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KATIE CRANFORD, FRESHMAN

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Last September I had an idea for a character cross my mind - a girl dealing with all the crap that happens in high school who's also discovering that she's a psychic.  I thought about how freaking difficult high school was to begin with, especially freshman year, and then I thought, it would have really put things into perspective if I'd had bigger problems than just boys.  But then I wondered if that would be true.  Regardless, I felt pretty sure that I knew how I'd start that book if I…

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At 6:17pm on February 18, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

We're delighted to have you in the novelist group! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. We save the wall for discussion, so please refrain from linking to blog posts there, but do add them in the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread.

And we do a live chat every Wednesday at 1EST; instructions on how to participate are in the "Our Water Cooler Wednesdays" box near the top of the group page.

At 9:44am on February 18, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

>I've been reading your blog quite extensively the past few weeks, and I think the wealth of information you've put on there is incredible. 

Thank you! It's a labor of love, but I think I get as much out of it as anyone does.

>Now I just need to grab a copy of the 4 Ms. Bradwells and get caught up on that other bit of work you do :)

Double thank you! Hope you enjoy it!

At 8:44pm on February 6, 2012, Ann Elise Monte said…

Welcome to She Writes! Have you seen the Writers for Young Adults group yet? If you're looking to connect with other bloggers on the site you might want to look at Bloggers: Let's Make It Work! If you want to improve your YA writing, I'd suggest reading a lot of YA to get a feel for different styles authors have succeeded with. I'm personally a fan of Maggie Stiefvater for her lyrical style and Tahereh Mafi for her unconventional one. I can try to help you from time to time, but I'm not very good at being helpful :)

I hope you enjoy your time here.

At 8:33pm on February 5, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Melanie, Welcome to SheWrites! If you’re looking for more places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Publishing Industry News group and/or in Novelists (Struggling or Not). You can find all the groups through the Community button at the top of your page.

Hope you enjoy it here!

Meg Waite Clayton
Moderator, Publishing Industry News, and Novelist Group
Bestselling Author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel), and The Language of Light (all Random House/Ballantine)

At 11:52am on February 4, 2012, Jill Starishevsky said…

Welcome to SheWrites.  Feel free to reach out if you need anything.

 

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