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March 27, 2018
Write in the Now: Plot vs. Backstory
Up your stakes and make sure your plot is moving forward.
February 27, 2018
FAQs: Sex in YA Novels
We’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about sex in YA novels. So, today I thought I’d...
January 29, 2018
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Writing and Paragraph Length
Finished with big edits? Time to look at how the length of your sentences and paragraphs can help you story sing.
January 9, 2018
The First Three Things Editors Notice
Grab an editor’s attention by incorporating these elements into your manuscript.
December 12, 2017
The Big Misunderstanding Can Be a Big Mistake
Have you ever been watching a movie or TV show or reading a novel and found yourself yelling “Just TALK...
October 3, 2017
Torturing Characters for Fun and Profit
As a reader and a fangirl, I have a LOT of sympathy for Tumblr posts like this: There are SO...
September 26, 2017
Sticking the Landing: Dos and Don'ts of Great Endings
Make the ending of your novel just as great as the beginning.
July 25, 2017
5 Lessons Writers Can Learn from Television
Like most of us, I watch a LOT of television. It’s a lot faster to watch a 40-minute episode...
April 28, 2017
Why Wasn't I Chosen?: An Open Edit Letter (Part VIII)
Dear Swoon Readers, You gave us so many great manuscripts to choose from this season! Thank you for all of...
April 12, 2017
Writing Copy 101: Part II
Last week, I talked about the kinds of things that need to go into your copy. Now that you have...
April 4, 2017
Writing Copy 101: Part I
One of the things that surprised me when I first started working in editorial was how much time editors spend...
March 21, 2017
How to Retell a Fairytale
I adore fairytales. And myths. And legends. I especially adore retellings that present these stories I already love in a...
March 10, 2017
Starting Off Right: 3 Tips for Writing a Strong First Page
Here’s our checklist of things you want to achieve on page one of your manuscript.
March 7, 2017
Ask an Editor: Backstory vs. Prologue
When does a story call for a prologue? We break it down for you.
February 24, 2017
Writing Setting with All Five Senses
You’re in a bustling cafe in downtown Philadelphia. You can hear the cappuccino machine steaming milk - whirring bursts of...
February 21, 2017
Pave Your Own Path: Why You Shouldn't Write to Trends
If you’re anything like me, you gobble up articles on YA like they’re leftover Valentine’s Day candy...
February 14, 2017
It's About Chemistry! (Because Science)
One of the things that can really make a story shine is the chemistry between characters. Not just in romance...
February 10, 2017
So You Want to Be an Editor
Welcome to Reading Month at Swoon Reads! This is the time for all of you wannabe editors out there to...
January 24, 2017
Give Your Book a Chance
The Season 10 deadline is only a week away! And I’m really, really looking forward to diving into all...
January 19, 2017
Why Wasn't I Chosen?: An Open Edit Letter (Part VII)
Dear Swoon Readers, We’re thrilled to announce our next Swoon Reads list! We were so excited to expand to...
November 14, 2016
Ask an Editor: How Much Backstory Is Too Much?
Are you starting your novel in the right place? Or is it just backstory? We’ll help you decide.