Monthly Archives: October 2011

WS 37: Classic YA vs Contemporary YA

The writingsnippets crew reads first pages of YA classic and contemporary novels to see what sold in the past and what sells now. We compare hooks, voice, viewpoint, description, setting, character, and more. We’ll be giving away one of the books we evaluate this month, so be sure to leave a comment if you want to be entered in a drawing, and let us know which book you’d prefer to win.

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Writing and Publishing Around the Web: October 2011

Hello friends of Writing Snippets! As part of our format change we’ll now be interspersing blog posts and written interviews with our podcasts. If you are subscribed to the RSS feed or via email you’ll still get notified every time these new posts go up.

We’re also introducing a new monthly feature: Writing and Publishing Around the Web. Every month we’ll post a list of links to some of our favorite articles/podcasts/etc. on the craft and business of writing. Here’s our first installment.

Agent Rachelle Gardner hosted a guest post on the important question: Do Writers Need to Think about SEO?

Agent Mary Kole posted some handy tips for writing character self-description in first person narratives.

The blog posted an article on social networking for writers.

Author Patricia C. Wrede discusses all the hats authors need to wear for their careers.

Author Jim C. Hines tries to answer the questions: Should Writers Blog, and Why?

Author Gail Carson Levine gives some tips on writing more effective description.

Darcy Pattison discusses using dialogue in exposition.

Author Elana Johnson talks about the importance of deleting content when editing.

At Shrinking Violet Promotions (marketing for introverts), author R.L. LaFevers talks about what sells middle grade books.

One of my favorite blogs on the business side of being a writer, The Passive Voice, posted a series of two articles on using voice recognition software to write; first, from the perspective of a lawyer, and second, from the perspective of a novelist.

Author/editor Josi S. Kilpack discusses the minimum financial investments you should make in your career as a writer.

Author Janice Hardy posts on both writing queries and writing a synopsis.

Author Juliette Wade discusses the many paths to a writing career.

Author Jennifer Duddy Gill lists some great books on the craft of writing.

And Bryan Thomas Schmidt gives us 9 tools for character development.

Finally, don’t forget to check out the latest episodes of our other favorite podcasts:

Writing Excuses and Wordplay.

If you have any favorite articles or blog posts on the craft or business of writing and publishing, share them in the comments.

WS 36: YA fantasy and Contemporary

In this podcast, the writingsnippets crew compares first pages of YA fantasy classic and contemporary novels. See if you can guess which books we’re reading before we tell you. We talk about the importance of voice and point of view in modern day YA fantasy and how raising questions in the beginning helps pull the reader into the story. This month we’ll be giving away one of the YA fantasies we read in this podcast, so leave us a comment to be entered in the drawing and tell us which book you’d like.

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Also- we are changing up our format just a bit, so stay tuned.

Wordplay Podcast


Wordplay is a new podcast you should check out. Jeff Scott Savage has teamed up with Nathan Bransford and James Dashner to help you. Here is what they say about themselves,

“Welcome to Wordplay, a weekly podcast for readers and writers of all ages. In our twenty minute episodes, we discuss any and all topics related to writing and reading books. The third episode of every month is dedicated specifically to kids ages eight and up. Teachers, librarians, and parents are invited to share the episodes with their students and try the activities we introduce.”

Go and give them some love- especially while we are working out our own kinks.

WS 35: Adult Contemporary novels comparison

We compare the opening pages of classic novels with contemporary novels.

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And the winner of Possession is…

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