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Teen Writing Tip


What are you planning to read this summer? I tend to read loads of fantasy but I write contemporary fiction. That doesn’t mean I can’t or won’t write fantasy one day. I actually have a contemporary/sci-fi fantasy book on my to do list.

Over the last few weeks I have been pitching my manuscript and actually have a few bites. With that, I realized that I need to read the types of books I write in order to A.) know the market and B) that I could have books to compare my books to when I’m ready to pitch my book or even if I want to write a query letter to an agent.

As a rule agents want two comparable (books that can be compared to your book). So it’s important to have two comparisons of books written in the art two years. You have to see up on what is being written. Writing is an art form but it’s also a business. Why not add a few of those books on your summer reading list?


Teen Writing Tip


Writing your poems, short stories, and books is the fun part of being a writer. On this site I post information about writing competitions but if you want to get serious and have a chance at having your book published you really need to connect with other writers, reads lots of books in the genre that you are writing, and ones that you aren’t in the genre you’re writing. I’ve learned so much by just reading it all.

Twitter is a huge resource for connecting with agents, publishers, and other #writers. The #amwriting hashtag and help you connect. Agents post what they are looking for using the #mswl manuscript with list hashtag. There are Twitter pitch competitions where you can pitch your book and have agents check out your pitch and if they like it they’ll even request your manuscript. The great thing about these Twitter competitions once you put #( insert pitch title) in the subject line your query moves to up slush pile and agents will check out our query letters.

Writing is a business. It’s not only about writing. It’s about getting your work out there too. Happy writing!

Book Con This Weekend



Book Con is this weekend on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 at the Jacob Javits Center. Tickets are still available. This is my first time going and there will be lots of your favorite authors available for book signings and speaking on panels.

Reposted from Book Com website. NYC’s best book festival is back! BookCon returns to Javits Center on June 2 and 3, and it’s heaven for bookworms. The two-day convention gives visitors a first look at the tomes that are coming to bookstoreand library shelves in the near future, offering free advanced reader copies of the buzziest unpublished books. 

Event highlights at this year’s BookCon include a hangout with Bill Clinton and James Paterson (yes, they’ve written a book together), a meet-and-greet with Dear Evan Hansen’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a one-on-one discussion with Abbi Jacobson about her new memoir. Cassandra Clare, Chuck Palahniuk, Scott Westerfeld will be there too…okay okay, we’ll stop dropping names now.

But seriously, you’re going to have to carefully figure out your schedule down to the minute if you want to see everyone: The exhibitors list is a beast, and half the time you’ll only hear about a new stack of books being handed out by word of mouth.

Tickets start at $30 for adults and $10 for kids for BookCon,. Tickets for the autograph area and writing workshops are available separately.

Teen Writing Tip



Over the last few months I have been finally paying attention to #Twitter. I found lots of pitch competitions like #DVpit, #Kidpit,#ADpit. The following on twitter competitions where writers with competitor manuscripts create a one to tow sentence pitch for their books. Agents and editors look at the pitches and many writers have found their agents that way.

In addition to the ones I mentioned there are many more #Twitter pitching events. If you go to Twitter and search the following up can find examples of what a #Twitter pitch looks like and everyone is very helpful.

DVpit is coming up on April 25th. This pitching event is for underrepresented writers. such as LGBTQ, minority writers, and disabled writers. Basically writers who have not been given opportunities to have their books published. Don’t worry there are lots of pitch events so everyone DOES get a chance. Wish I knew about #Kidpit it was on April 4, 2018. Get a #Twitter account if you don’t already have one and follow hashtags above and find agents to follow. That’s how I discovered events.


Teen Writing Tip


I just started following literary agents on Twitter and discover a pitch competition on @DVpit. Agent Beth Phelan started this competition where underrepresented writers can pitch their novel to agents. It’s a great opportunity. The YA day is April 25th. For those of you that aren’t considered underrepresented writers there are other pitching and submission chances.

Look up an agent you are interested in a follow them. I’ve connected with a few agents this way. Twitter is more than just posting what you ate for dinner or did for the weekend. It can be a resource to getting an agent.

#agents #twitter

Teen Writing Tip – How to Write a Synopsis



After you’ve created a list of which YA agents you’d like to submit your manuscript to there are a few things an agent will request before he/she requests your entire manuscript. The query letter is one and the synopsis of your book is the other. The synopsis basically plots out your story along with your Protagonist’s emotional journey. It doesn’t have to retell ever detail but it should retell the story from beginning, middle, and end.

There are two great articles about writing a synopsis. Just check out the links below. The tough part( writing the book) is over and now it’s time for you to reap the benefits of all your hard work.

Teen Writing Tip – Finishing Your Book



I recently finished my book after about 9 drafts. I read several books on revision and Walter Mosley’s book This Year You Write Our Novel, one of my favorites which suggests that writers look at each character and follow their character arc/ story in your book. It was hard work but taking a look at each character one by one as they helps to allow you to focus on mini-stories and interweave with overall larger in your novel.

I also had several people who read YA (Young Adult Fiction) read by book and that led to more notes. After years of writing my book, Bait I decided to create an agent list. Every writer thanks their agent in the acknowledgement section so after I read a YA novel that I enjoyed I wrote down each name of author’s agent and researched the agents. Right now I have ten agents, three of which I plan to write a query letter to. Each agent has a list of what they want you to send if you are interested in having them represent you. Most lists want a letter and in the letter you tell them about yourself and your book.

Start making your agent list as you read your favoriate books. One day you’ll need it.

What’s Your Summer Plans?


Summer break is almost here. Have you been thinking about what you want to do over the summer? I have a few beach reads on my mind. Marie Lu’s book Champion, it’s the latest novel for the Prodigy series. I just discovered that she added another book to the series and it sound pretty good. I am currently reading The Last Boy and Girl on Earth by Siobhan Vivian. I’ll keep you posted on it.

In October the Young Arts competition deadline will approach and by December the Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition will be up so why not use the summer to tweak something you are working on? I know. I know. You want to relax over the summer. No stress. A little a day goes a long way.


Teen Writing Tip


Okay the first day of school is approaching or some of you may already have started school. This is the perfect time to make your plan – the perfect balance of homework, school activities and your writing because you have to keep writing no matter what.

The Young Arts Mentorship Program’s deadline is in October and the Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition’s deadline is December. Check out the websites and look over the rules and submission requirements. Write it down. Make a list. Give it a shot!

Good luck and happy writing!