Writing & Bullying

Hello YA Bookcasers!

I want to talk about something very close to my heart today: writing and bullying. As an author, scriptwriter, Pitch Wars mentor, and editor, there is one thing I see that I am thoroughly against: bullying of both writers and others. I’m making this post so I can reach out to anyone who is being harassed and let them know they have an ally in their corner. If you are being bullied, or know someone who is, please reach out, and I’ll give you any support I can. In the meantime, here are some tips to help you… Continue reading

Writing – keeping your head above water

Hey YA Bookcasers!

All right, so in the throes of Pitch Wars and the constant rush that is publishing, I wanted to throw out a few tips about how I keep my head above water when it comes to dealing with all things writing when things seem really tough. Whether it’s a new ms stressing you out, query letters, submissions, a bad review, a disappointing edit, it’s all the same thing: we need to keep swimming. So here are my top five tips: Continue reading

Preparing for Pitch Wars

Hi YA Bookcasers!

It’s so nice to see you here. As many of you might know,  I’m a Pitch Wars mentor who’s taking a year’s sabbatical due to work and personal writing restraints. However, that’s not going to stop me from helping where and when I can. So let’s get to it. Today, I’m going to talk about how to prepare for Pitch Wars!

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How to answer “Have you published your book yet?”

Hello YABookcasers,

Ah, where to start? It’s the question so many writers dread. Some of the lucky ones have their books either published, or they’ve snagged a deal and have a release date. I’m afraid this post’s not quite for you. No, this post is for the writers who haven’t published, gotten their deal, snagged an agent, submitted their book, or even finished it.

So how do you answer the infamous “Have you published your book yet?” question. Well, this post could help you…

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What happens outside of your book?

Hey YABookcasers!

All of us pretty much know what we want to happen in our books (unless you’re in the new ideas or first draft stage – if so, I recommend you check this post out on YATopia).

Either way though, this post is for you, and it revolves around what happens outside of your book. You have this wonderful world between your pages, and characters that have lives and wonderful, awful, and strange things happening to them. But what would it be like if the plot wasn’t there. What would your universe and characters be up to now?


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#PitMad – for writers & readers (plus a giveaway!)


Hey YABookcasers,


I know #PitMad on Twitter is about to hit tomorrow, and that hundreds of new writers in search of agents and publishers are going to be pitching their novels in hopes of getting their books in bookstores. But not only is this a wonderful place for new writers to pitch their work, it’s a great place for readers to scan and see what trends in fiction seem to be on the rise, and what type of books to expect on the bookshelves in the coming years. Continue reading

Book Review (with audio) – How to Hang a Witch

Hello my wonderful YA Bookcasers!

I’ve made an upgrade to our posts: audio versions of the posts! Click on the link to hear if that’s your preference:


Recently, I finished a book called How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, and I must say, it inspired me to start off my first book review post on our new website! This is a *spoiler free* review.

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#PitchWars mentor – Twitter Pitch Advice

Hey YABookcasers!

It’s that time again. In just 8 days, #PitMad is going to strike and I’d like to give you some advice from a Pitch Wars mentor! It’s one of the most exciting times of the year, and everyone is revving up to go. For those of you who know the drill, you know there’s going to be a lot going on, and that you need to really stand out to be noticed. The same goes for people entering for the first time, but don’t let that dissuade you, because a great Twitter pitch is all it takes to get noticed – there’s no preferential treatment as everyone only has 140 characters to pitch their work. Check out the rules here on Brenda Drake’s site (the wonderful creator of all things #PitMad).

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Grand opening – new website!

Hey fellow YA Bookcasers!

You might have noticed a change. The YA Bookcase blog has now been switched over to my shiny new website (what do you think of our new place? I think it’s rather spiffy, but I might be be a teeny bit biased!). I felt it was about time we upgraded, because as the famous hair shampoo commercial says, “We’re worth it”!

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