We’re about to embark on another jaunt down the Adventures in YA Publishing memory lane with two YA powerhouses who’ve just released new books this week.
Gretchen McNeil was a regular on the AYAP blog, providing helpful interviews and insightful guest posts about craft and the mysterious writer’s life. Her previous posts are brimming with knowledge, so don’t miss the chance to revisit them.
Though Robyn Schneider only had one appearance in AYAP’s interview series, she shared a wealth of helpful advice. Don’t miss the pearls of wisdom she had to offer.
Get ready to dive into the world of writing with these two exceptional authors, and don’t forget to pick up their latest releases for an unforgettable reading experience!
Have fun and go unleash your creative bark!
Here’s a little teaser of the author wisdom from Gretchen and Robyn:
Read their full interviews overflowing with advice and inspiration at:
Gretchen McNeil, author of #MURDERTRENDING, on channeling her angst into this book
Gretchen McNeil, author of I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, on writing a book without a dead body
Craft of Writing: Selling on Proposal, aka The Dreaded Synopsis by Gretchen McNeil
Gretchen McNeil, author of GET EVEN, wears her 80’s influences on her sleeve
Wish I’d Written: Gretchen McNeil (Author of 3:59, TEN and POSSES)
WOW Wednesday: Gretchen McNeil on How to Write Scary
A Good Girls Guide to Murder meets Hitchcock in this novelfrom celebrated author Gretchen McNeil. A mundane office job takes a dark turn when a girl witnesses a double murder through the window.
Being an actress, Kate is no stranger to drama. And when her chance at a leading role gets cancelled, she is willing to do whatever it takes to get her acting career back on track even if that means getting a boring office job at her best friend's father's law firm so she can prove to her parents she can to support herself rather than go back to high school. Now, rather than living life on the big screen, she is stuck filing mundane contracts and watching the people in the office across from hers live their equally boring lives.
But when Kate sees things heat up between a woman and her assistant, her new source of entertainment take a turn for the worse when she witnesses a double murder. Now, she must get anyone to believe her and find out who this mystery woman is to get answers. But as she learns more and more about the circumstances leading to the gruesome act, she begins to realize there is a bigger mystery under the surface...
In this voyeuristic thriller filled with twists and turns, can Kate get anyone to believe her before she becomes the next victim?More info →
Welcome back to the great kingdom of Camelot! Scandal, betrayal, and courtly crushes abound in this highly anticipated sequel to The Other Merlin, one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year!
Emry Merlin should be living her best life as a wizard’s apprentice. Now that she no longer has to pretend to be her brother to study magic, she and Prince Arthur are closer than ever. Except King Uther has warned her to stay away from his son, and Emry’s magic is growing more unpredictable by the day.
Meanwhile, Arthur’s prophesied future as the One True King is closing in. And as his wedding to Princess Guinevere draws nearer, he discovers she’s hiding a shocking secret. When Emry learns that the only hope to fix her increasingly dangerous magic is an eccentric Parisian alchemist, Arthur has his own reasons for accompanying her to French court, and for befriending an infamous crowd of young nobles.
But it’s going to take a lot more than a depressed gargoyle, some obscenely tight trousers, and a deadly sports match to keep our young heroes from their destiny. Can these reluctant royals and wayward wizards set aside their drama and save their kingdom, or is Camelot doomed?More info →
Words from the video for screen readers:
Taking a jaunt down the AYAP memory lane…
Gretchen McNeil, Do you have advice for writing the synopsis part of a proposal?
I think the key for me in writing a proposal synopsis is remembering its purpose…
it’s meant to be marketing material, a sales pitch to hook your audience.
Think of it like an elongated query letter…
There are certain important points you want to hit, while the details can be left for later.
Robyn Schneider, What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
Everyone always says to read critically, which you should…
so I’ll say something else: for those of you querying agents and editors, rejection isn’t the opposite of acceptance; it just means “I don’t love it” not “it isn’t good enough.”
Unleash Your Creative Bark!