Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What would make YOU happy?

Needless to say, I've got some cool things planned for this blog.  Like our very first teen-centric interview with a published author.  And critique sessions that focus on sharpening basic writing skills.

That sort of thing.

But what I'd like more than anything is to hear from YOU.  What would make you happy?  What would help you most in your writerly journey?

A lot is already going on in the forums, of course.  (What, you haven't join yet? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?)  There's already an intense book discussion going on, for instance.  And a chance for you to get to know each other on the general discussion board.  Obviously that's what the forums are for.

The blog, on the other hand, is the place where I can bring you the best information, instruction, and interviews, as well as critique opportunities and--wait for it--CONTESTS!  Because who doesn't love a great contest?

So talk to me.  Leave your suggestions and ideas in the comment box below.  And be sure to say hey and tell me your age, too!  I do pop over to the forums, but that's ultimately Lizzy's show.  I'd love a chance to get to know you and answer your blog-related questions RIGHT HERE.

Now's your chance, while the blog is new and shiny!  Help me make it into EXACTLY what you'd like it to be!

Well.  Within reason.



  1. Hi Authoress! I follow Miss Snark's First Victim and that's how I found out about this blog. I'm 13 and I've been writing for 2 years.

    Interviews and critiques sound nice, as well as contests. I can't really think of anything else at the moment.

  2. Hi Brittany! Nice to meet you.

    Wow, you started writing at 11? Good for you! Thanks for following MSFV; hope you've learned a thing or 2!

  3. Hello, Authoress! :)
    I found out about this through your twitter and am so excited you have this!
    I'm fifteen years old, also an aspiring author. I echo what Brittany and you have said, more specifically interviews with YA authors or maybe agents regarding teens writing, critiques in lieu of Query Shark and the page critiques like what Nathan Bransford used to do. Also tads of information about the publishing business more teen centered. YA Book reviews would be cool also, kind of like Story Siren, but maybe we can all voice our opinions rather than just one person. Hmmm...that was just a quick brainstorm/expansion of your ideas. Obviously this blog is already awesome!

  4. Hi, Authoress. :) I'm going to be 14 soon, and I've been writing stories since I was about 7. As I mentioned on your other blog, I was so excited when I saw this. I love your blog, and it's definitely one of my favourites to sit down and read, but one especially for teens is especially exciting.
    I like Mayaah's idea about having YA book reviews and information about the publishing business. And I'm definitely looking forward to the contests!

  5. Hi Authoress! Okay, so I admit I'm not a teen anymore but I write for teens. I'm twenty three but I started writing when I was in elementary school, and with poetry. Freshman year of HS was when I started writing my first novel. I also found you on Twitter!

    You've got the best things planned all ready! Critiques and interviews and reviews! All the things we book worms love! I'm also enjoying the forums here so all you people who haven't joined, DO IT! It's fun!

  6. Hi Mayaah! Thanks for the feedback. I'm planning to interview MG and YA authors and actually already have the first one lined up. :)

    Hey Riri! Wow, 7?! I'll bet some of those old stories make you laugh. I have some real doozies from when I was little. ;) Thanks for your feedback!

  7. Maybe you could get some agents' takes on young writers? Or maybe their advice for young writers? I don't know, just thought I'd throw it out there. :)

  8. Hello, Authoress! =) I've been following MSFV for two years now, and have participated in one SA contest(two years ago...it was pretty bad), as well as a couple first 50 words, and I have an excerpt in the 1000 word line up somewhere. I'm almost eighteen, and I've been writing with the intent of actually finishing what I start since twelve. =)

    As for the blog, I agree with AWriterGoneMad--I think young writer-specific words from agents is a great idea.