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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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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
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Laura Brennan replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I just read this blog post, and it has some useful info and a link to a free directory of writers conferences, so I thought I'd share: http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/getting-the-most-out-of-a-writers-conference/  I'm planning to…"
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Katherine E. Hinkson replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Sorry to have been absent for so long; as everyone knows, life sometimes takes precedence over writing. I’m looking forward to going to Killer Nashville next weekend. I need to spend time with sane and reasonable writers. Good conferences and…"
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Stephanie Scott replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Great topic! I found writers groups and conferences through a google search, but it really helps to get a recommendation. That's how I ended up at a Romance Writers of America local conference -- i was convinced I didn't write romance, but…"
Aug 14, 2012
Stephanie Scott replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I'll have to check into some of those -- I'm part of SCBWI now but I haven't been to any of their conferences, just a few chapter meetings with 2 dif local chapters."
Aug 14, 2012
Gayle H. Swift replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Carrie: Writer's Conferences are for all level of authors. I feel refreshed by the fellowship of like minded, kindred spirits. They "get" my passion for pouring my soul into a manuscript.  I improve my skill set,…"
Jul 27, 2012
Gayle H. Swift replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I'm registered for my third FWA (Florida Writer's Conference) in October. I love engaging with other writers, learning new ways to hone my craft and indulging in the opportunity to be 100% focused on my writing. The ability to meet and…"
Jul 26, 2012
Katherine E. Hinkson replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I attend at least two conferences a year. I share costs with a fellow author or two. Gas, hotel and driving. I attend Killer Nashville in August with another author. I have pitched to several editor, agents and publishers at this conference. It has…"
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Regina Y. Swint replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"That's great news, Adela!  Congratulations and good luck. :)"
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Jessica Vealitzek replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Agreed. Hmmm, I think I might make this my blog topic tomorrow..."
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Jessica Vealitzek replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Congrats, Adela!"
Jun 13, 2012
Gayle H. Swift replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"The Florida Writer's Association has an annual cnfernce in October every year. It provides a great experience to meet and pitch agents, to take classes and to meet with other writers. The venue is wonderful and the food is excellent.…"
Jun 13, 2012
Adela Crandell Durkee replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I went to my first writers' conference at the beginning of the month.  Oh, so much to learn.  I got some good reviews and some thumbs-down on the very same piece.  I met some great new writer friends, and connected with some…"
Jun 13, 2012
Laura Brennan replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"YES!  I swear, so many good things in my life have happened just by figuring I had nothing to lose and taking a leap.  We should have a thread about that - the What Risk Did You Take Today thread..."
Jun 12, 2012

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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)

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