Category Archives: Advice

TeenWriter Tuesday: Summer Writing Camps for Teens

Angelo State University (TX), Sarah Lawrence College (NY), Boston University–and hundreds of other colleges and universities around the world–are hosting summer camps for young writers this summer. No archery or horseback riding here. No campfires or sing-alongs, either. Just people who GET writing. … Continue reading

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Monday Advice from Editors and Agents: Use Details in Settings Purposefully

“Your choice of setting and the way you manipulate it can have a powerful impact on the way the scene reads.” –Theresa Stevens Theresa Stevens has been a literary attorney agent and the chief executive editor for a small romance … Continue reading

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Teen Tuesday: What Teens Hate to See in YA Books

Recently, The Writer’s Dig (a blog hosted by Writer’s Digest) published a guest post by teenage writer Jamie S. Margolin. Margolin has written articles for Teen Ink. One of her articles earned her an Editors Choice award and was voted #1 by readers. … Continue reading

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Monday Advice from Agents and Editors: A Bitter Dose of Query Stats

Sarah LaPolla is an agent with the Bradford Literary Agency.  She represents Adult, Middle Grade, and Young Adult manuscripts. Each year she tallies all the unsolicited (slush pile) queries she received and writes a post with the statistics. Many other … Continue reading

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Life After You Publish: The Perils

One of my good friends is Gerry Bartlett. She’s been writing vampire romances for many years and is a very active member of a local chapter of Romance Writers of America. She also writes a monthly article for their newsletter … Continue reading

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