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YA Writer? All You Need is Chapter One

May 13, 2015

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Ch1 Con banner on Newbie Writers GuideHey, guys! My name is Julia Byers and I’m the founder of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, an annual writing conference for and by teens and young adults.

Our 2015 conference will take place Saturday, August 8th at the Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South hotel in Arlington Heights, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago. Our speakers include Kat Zhang, author of the YA dystopian trilogy The Hybrid Chronicles (HarperCollins), renowned freelance editor Taryn Albright of The Girl with the Green Pen, and YA/NA author Ava Jae, whose debut Beyond the Red (Sky Pony Press) will come out in Spring 2016.

I’ve been writing for nearly my whole life, and writing seriously for at least half of it. So my “newbie writer” days technically took place back when I was, like, six. But I stillRead More

Episode 171 – “Don’t Write Like We Talk!”

May 8, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Don’t Write Like We Talk

Image from: http://www.123rf.com/photo_20356191_retro-microphone-on-the-air.html

Stuff we’ve learned over the last three rough draft years.

Mary Radu –Live Smart after 50

It is good to collaborate with a group on a book project – this can lift up the all the other authors. Make sure you include an author who already has a following and some clout.

From Nina Amir author of How to Blog your Book and The Author Training Manual

Many people think it’s easy to become an author. It’s true that today almost any writer can change his or her status from aspiring to published author. More ways exit to self-publish a book than ever before. And it’s still possible, albeit harder, to become an author by traditionally publishing a book.Read More

Episode 170 – “Constructing With Luke Matthews”

April 28, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Luke Matthews


An unabashed geek, Luke is a fervent reader, cinephile, gamer, and comic book fan, and he has been an avid poker player since his early twenties. A life filled with so many hobbies doesn’t lend itself to easy devotion to a craft, but when the beginnings of CONSTRUCT found the page, those words pulled him inexorably toward writing, now the primary passion in his life.

Luke lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, three cats, and a rambunctious German wirehaired pointer. You can find more of his words on his blog at geekelite.geekerific.com, or listen to him babble on about comic books on the Trade Secrets Podcast at Geekerific.com.

CONSTRUCT is his debut novel.
  The essence of every construct resides in their core. ARead More

Episode 168 – “Married with Luggage”

April 4, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special guest: Betsy Talbot


Betsy and Warren Talbot not only travel together, they work together and managed to stay together at the end of the work day.

We asked how this is possible.

Betsy gave us a couple ideas:

  • Stay curious
  • Play to your individual strengths
  • Love food and wine (shared passions)

The two host a podcast, write books and travel the world.

Betsy is now transitioning from non-fiction to fiction.

“I’ve published 4 nonfiction books in the past, and this year I’m branching into my first romance series geared toward women over 40. It’s been a learning curve! But I’m making it happen!”

About the book and the podcast:

Betsy and Warren Talbot have been living, working and traveling the world together full-time since 2010. What they’ve learnedRead More

Episode 165 – 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction

March 16, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special guest: Susanne Lakin


We talked with Susanne in Episode 143
But she has a new book out: The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction: Your Blueprint for Building a Strong Story (The Writer’s Toolbox The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction)
Live Write Thrive.com

www.critiquemymanuscript.com

C.S. Lakin is novelist and writing coach who spends her time divided between developing new book ideas and helping writers polish theirs. She is the author of fourteen novels – six contemporary novels, seven in the fantasy/sci-fi genre, and one in historical Western romance. Whether she is exploring the depths of the human psyche and pushing her characters to the edge of desperation, or embellishing an imaginary world replete with talking pigs and ancient magicalRead More