We’re Back!

All the Way YA will return in 2018! We are searching for YA writers to share their experiences. We want to know what it’s like in the trenches, whether you’re plotting, pantsing, querying, or selling your dozenth book. ATWYA is not a “how-to” blog, but a peek inside the minds of YA writers, whether our experiences are joyous or disheartening. We want to hear about the journey and what it felt like getting there. Have a great post idea? We’d love to chat. Fill up the form below and select “I want… Read More

Self-Loathing And Two Spoonfuls Of Nutella / @StephanieKeyes

You know the moment. The one where a great friend of yours gets an incredible publishing deal. Their book is going to be made into a movie starring some actor so hot you could fry an egg on his chest. They have everything they’ve ever wanted. Ugh. For me, I used to greet those days with a healthy dose of self-loathing: “I’m just not a good enough writer.” I’d avoid my current manuscript in favor of an unnatural relationship with the Nutella jar. Okay, I’ll admit I only allowed myself two (even)… Read More

When Success Doesn’t Look Like Your Writing Dream

When Success Doesn’t Look Like Your Writing Dream by Kimberly Mitchell/@KSMitch17 2014 was a tough year for me as a writer. I had a manuscript I had a lot of confidence in and delivered it to my agent early in the year. She loved it and immediately sent it out. I felt like I was walking around with my fingers crossed for months, waiting for an offer. And waiting. And waiting. And then rejections and more waiting. Writers know we’ll encounter rejection. We know it’s all part of the process of honing… Read More

Think Critically! My First Critique Group / @StephanieKeyes / #scbwi

We’ve talked on this blog before about the often solitary life of a writer. Many people believe that they don’t need critique groups, or even other writers for that matter, to thrive. To those peeps, I say this: Nothing good has ever been created in a vacuum. Vacuums suck. Suck up your energy. Your inspiration. Before you argue with something akin to, “I am a creative Hoover,” look at it this way. As writers we need inspiration from the outside, we need to grow, but we also need validation. Now, if you… Read More

The Upside of NOT Having A Book Deal (Yet)

The Upside of Not Having a Book Deal:

I have the time to pursue my other passion. Becoming a psychotherapist.

This is actually related to number 1—thank God I’m becoming a psychotherapist because the only thing in my life that drives me to therapy is being a writer.

I don’t have to leave my family and go to on book tours or conferences.

I don’t have the pressure from a publisher to meet a deadline.

I can design my own book covers, edit my books the way I want, and create my own literary anthology that features other emerging writer-folks.

NOBODY owns my work but me!

I have time to write this blog, and in this blog I can say whatever I want (see number 6).

I’ve worked long and hard on my craft and as a seasoned human being who did get a book deal in her twenties or thirties (unless it happens in exactly five weeks), I will be truly ready for it when it comes, and I know it will come.

Staying Sane

Last Saturday night, during dinner of left-over Chinese food, my husband asked me about my writing and if I’ve heard from my agent, adding with great, walking-on-eggshells care, “You haven’t mentioned any of it in a while…and you seem so calm lately.” Translated: Thank God you took a break from all that. You are so much easier to live with. Let me step back a bit, a few months ago, I told my agent that I was taking a break from revising the current project that we had been working on…I gave… Read More

Eating Peaches and Riding Unicorns

So if you read my first post last week, you know that I’m interested in talking about the guts and the glory of being a writer of YA fiction. Hell, being a writer PERIOD!

I am here this week to talk about the guts…the pain…the struggle. The depression.

Here I Go Again (Not) on my Own

If you build it, they will come. That’s been my motto over the past 10 plus years as an author of young adult fiction. When I couldn’t find a publisher for my first book, My Sister’s Wedding, I did it myself and promptly won a pretty sweet award that led me to my first agent. When I graduated from the Solstice Program and couldn’t find someone to publish my collection of short stories, I created Sucker Literary, and BAM, landed in Publishers Weekly. Cool. Very Cool. But it has not been peaches… Read More

Kacey Vanderkarr

Why am I here? Oh Lord. It’s the existential question everyone wants the answer to. Why am I here? Why are YOU here? We’re all here to learn about writing. The journey. The neurosis. My gift and my curse. First lesson. Writers are dramatic. Perhaps I should start with Who Am I? I’m a self-proclaimed young adult author who occasionally toes the line into new adult and adult. Lines were meant to be crossed, after all. I love fantasy and sci-fi, but my short fiction tends to be contemporary. Perhaps you’ve heard… Read More

Who are we and why are we here?

Hello World! Introductions and pleasantries first: Who am I? I am Hannah R. Goodman (think of the “R” as my version of a Sasha Fierce), YA author of The Maddie Chronicles and represented by Erzsi Deak of Hen&ink Literary. I’m also a few other things: Founder and editor of Sucker Literary Anthology Writer of several not-yet-published NA, MG, and YA manuscripts Literary Weeble Wobble (Because I weeble and wobble but don’t fall down. Not because I look like one : ) In addition to my writing life, I have a home and work life, both of… Read More