UpvoteYA Episode 16: On Pacing in Revisions

Sometimes life comes at you fast. Other times it takes a bit longer to get everything just perfect. Like a podcast episode. (Ahem.)

Prose can be like that too. So today, we talk about pacing in writing fiction, especially as it pertains to the revision process. Once that first draft is done — or even second draft, or third draft — how do you approach the problem of a story that’s too fast or too slow?

Listen along and find out!

Episode 16: On Pacing in Revisions (Air Time 33:49)


Further Reading:



UpvoteYA Episode 15: Critique Partners In Depth

We get by with a little help from our friends, and you can too — with critique partners!  (Or are they beta readers?)  Listen today for our personal experiences, tips, tricks, and warnings about finding those writers you can call when you need a hand.

Episode 15: Critique Partners In Depth (Air Time 32:12)


CP Resources:
– https://www.reddit.com/r/YAwriters
– Twitter: Check out hashtags like #amwriting, #amediting
– Pitch Contests (A few are listed here)
– Natalie C Parker’s Agented Author Hook-up: http://nataliecparker.com/agentedauthorhookup.html
– Miss Snark’s First Victim: http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com
– Absolute Write Water Cooler: a forum with lots of resources, including CP boards
– SCBWI’s Blueboard (formerly the Verla Kay Blueboard): forum
– Agent Query Connect: forum

UpvoteYA Episode 14: Tackling Revisions

Welcome again to another episode of UpvoteYA. Today we explore what we do — and what we should be doing — when we polish up our drafts. Join us for the discussion!

Episode 14: Tackling Revisions  (Air Time 37:03)


Trello: Trello.com

Scrivener: Scrivener.com

Susan Dennard’s Guide to Revision, Lesson 1: http://susandennard.com/2011/05/soozs-guide-to-revisions-lesson-1-what-the-heck-did-you-write/

UpvoteYA Episode 13: Writing With a Day Job

Welcome again to another episode of UpvoteYA. This week we tackle the topic of what it’s like to write with a 9-to-5 day job (or 8-to-5, or 11-7, or whatever it is you do). We dream about hitting the big time as successful novelists, and we ask ourselves: what would it take to quit?

Also, guest author Shaun David Hutchinson chimes in with an interview! Don’t miss it!

Episode 13: Writing With a Day Job  (and Shaun David Hutchinson) (Air Time 35:24)


Shaun David Hutchinson: Website | Twitter

At The Edge of the Universe, by Shaun David Hutchinson

Jim Hines: 2015 Writing Income

Kameron Hurley: The Long Game

Jennifer Laughran: A 100k Deal in Real Money

UpvoteYA Episode 12: Contemporary Worldbuilding with Nic Stone

Your setting is a vibrant, vital part of your book, and it’s just as important in contemporary fiction as it is in genre fiction. Today we talk with Nic Stone about contemporary worldbuilding and how to write about a place that exists while making it come alive.

Episode 12: Contemporary Worldbuilding with Nic Stone (Air Time 34:08)


UpvoteYA Episode 11: Secrets of Dual and Multi PoV

Hello again, listeners! We’re back after a holiday break, and we’re ready to tackle a tough topic: point of view. We talk about how hard it is to get one good PoV into a book, let alone several. And what about tension? Also… there might also be a little bit of squeeing over the authors that really get it right.

All this and more on your first edition of UpvoteYA for 2017!

Episode 11: Secrets of Dual and Multi PoV (Air Time 24:42)


Recommended Dual POV YA books:

  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • Alienated by Melissa Landers
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Recommended Multi-POV YA (or crossover) books:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab


UpvoteYA Episode 10: Intro to Worldbuilding

Hello and welcome to the tenth episode of UpvoteYA!  Today we chat a little bit about worldbuilding. What is it? Why do you need it? Is it just for genre writers?

The answer may (or may not) surprise you.

(Spoiler: It’s not just for genre writers!)


What follows is a list of all the books we talked about today, some of which you probably have heard of. If you want homework for what to read to brush up on your worldbuilding, start here.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
The Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green
The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner
Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat (NOT YA!)
TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard
WOLF BY WOLF by Ryan Graudin
WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

UpvoteYA Episode 9: National Novel Writing Month

Today we explore National Novel Writing Month. What is it? Can you do it? Should you?  We have some tips and tricks to help you hit that 50,000 word mark over the course of this awesome thirty-day writing journey.

And we ask the big questions: Will this be Phil’s year?

Episode 9: National Novel Writing Month (Air Time 33:09)


  • National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org)
  • Wikiwrimo (wikiwrimo.org)
  • #nanowrimo (twitter.com)
  • #nanowrimo2016 (twitter.com)
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
  • The Truth about Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
  • No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty

UpvoteYA Episode 8: Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll

Joined by special guest Chelsea Sedoti, today we explore the roles of sex, drugs, swearing, and a little rock and roll in writing young adult fiction. And it definitely gets awkward.

If you’ve ever sat back from writing a scene and told yourself, “My parents/grandparents/aunt Nellie can never read this,” then this episode is for you.

And even if not, we invite you to join us anyway.

Episode 8: Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll (Air Time 35:12)


UpvoteYA Episode 7: Your Querying Survival Guide

As the conclusion of our series on the querying process, today we discuss sending your query to agents and how to make it out alive. When do you nudge? How many should you send at a time?

And for crying out loud, what happens if they want to talk on the phone?

All this and more, this week on UpvoteYA.

Episode 7: Your Querying Survival Guide (Air Time 32:09)