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 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 6: Query Workshop

Today on UpvoteYA, we take an in-depth look at querying. What is a query? What are the important parts? What makes an effective query? We try to tackle these questions and more.

As a bonus, after the episode we workshop two queries sent in by Redditors at /r/yawriters.

Episode 6: Queries and Workshop (Air Time 1:01:59)


  • THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS by Lauren Karcz Goodreads | @laurenkarcz
  • HARRY POTTER (Series) by J.K. Rowling
  • TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer
  • DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
  • John Green
  • David Levithan
  • FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

UpvoteYA Episode 5: Agents and Querying (Part 2) – Misconceptions and More

In part two of “Agents and Querying,” we discuss common misconceptions about literary agents, as well as what not to do when querying. We also interview agent Renee Nyen of KT Literary, who offers us some insights into her approach, how she became an agent, and more.

In our next episode we’re going to take an in-depth look at queries. What makes them work, and how do you write a good one?

This series will culminate in a workshop episode. Tune in this week to hear how you can get involved!

Episode 5: Agents and Querying – Misconceptions and More (Air Time 30:01)


UpvoteYA Episode 4: Agents and Querying (Part 1)

Literary agents are a big part of the traditional publishing process. So big, we can’t fit it all into one episode!  In part one, we talk about what an agent does, how to find one that’s right for you, and how to know if an agent is legitimate.  Whether you’re first-drafting or #amquerying, we hope to shed some light on the subject.

And join us next time for part two!

Episode 4: Agents and Querying (Air Time 29:58)


UpvoteYA Episode 3: How to Win Pitch and Blog Contests

Welcome to episode three of the UpvoteYA podcast! Today we’re going to dive head first into the world of pitch and blog contests. We’ll talk about what it takes to win one and what writers should expect to get out of them. We also interview two members of the #PitchWars community about their personal experiences. Thanks for joining us!

Episode 3: How to Win Pitch and Blog Contests (Air Time 47:26)


Brenda Drake: http://www.brenda-drake.com/
Pitch Wars, the Writer’s Voice, and many more!

Authoress Anon: http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/
Baker’s Dozen, Secret Agent, and more!

Kim Graff
#PitchWars Wishlist: http://www.kimgraff.com/pitch-wars-wishlist/

Elly Blake, author of FROSTBLOOD (Little, Brown Jan. 17, 2015)
#PitchWars Wishlist: http://ellyblake.com/?page_id=76

UpvoteYA Episode 2: All About Genre and Process

Welcome to the episode two of the UpvoteYA podcast! In this episode we explore genre in the YA marketplace. We also discuss resources and tools for discovering trends, word count targets for various genres of YA, and a few different approaches to drafting and revision. Thanks for joining us!


Air Time 33:12

BOOKS/AUTHORS we mention:

    • MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera
    • WE ARE THE ANTS by Shaun David Hutchinson
    • A WORLD WITHOUT YOU by Beth Revis
    • IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma
    • SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY (series) by Susan Dennard
    • THE CLOCKWORK CENTURY Series by Cherie Priest
    • LEVIATHAN (series) by Scott Westerfeld
    • ILLUMINAE (series, ongoing) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    • THESE BROKEN STARS (series) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
    • HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR by John Corey Whaley
    • THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner


UpvoteYA Episode 1: What is YA?

Welcome to the first episode of the UpvoteYA podcast! We’re here to talk about all things related to writing and reading young adult literature. Today, we introduce ourselves and explore what makes these books different, as well as what draws us toward writing for teens.

In today’s show we talk about:

Sweet Valley High, Fear Street, The Babysitters Club, Nancy Drew, The Boxcar Children, Goosebumps, Animorphs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Giver, The Client, Jurassic Park, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Red Rising, More Happy Than Not, Judy Blume, Agatha Christie, Sage Blackwood

Links: reddit.com/r/YAwriters