Our Wednesday Mini Topic – 6 Keys to Write a YA Novel

6 Keys to Write a YA Novel That Connects With Teen Readers

Writing a novel that appeals to a younger audience takes a certain amount of finesse—especially if you are no longer in that age bracket! It is not easy to venture into the minds of young adults and, essentially, “relive” your own past.

At Inkitt, I am regularly in touch with published authors who are eager to share their experience and provide support to emerging writers. Let’s have a look at six essential tips they have shared with us when it comes to writing YA novels.

The emotional drive of YA fiction is what truly separates it from other stories, and it is clear why so many people identify with it. It’s the ability of these texts to inherently understand and explore the emotions of humans that makes them such an enjoyable journey.

Keep your characters complex, your emotions high and your conflict enticing, and you’ll be well on your way to a great piece of YA fiction.

Peter Davidson comes to Celebrity Sunday

Welcome Peter Davidson to Celebrity Sunday on April 15th, 2018.

Peter Davidson is the author or co-author of twenty-nine books published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, Perigee/Putnam Publishers, Northwestern Publishing Company, Sweet Memories Publishing, Haworth Press, and others. His works include fiction, non-fiction, college textbooks, children’s picture books, and training materials for business and industry. Davidson is also a songwriter and one of his songs was used in a television series in The Netherlands.

For more than two decades, Peter Davidson was one of America’s most active writer’s seminar presenters, having presented over 625 one-day seminars in a fifteen-state area from Minnesota to Tennessee and Colorado to Illinois.

Davidson has been a professional recording studio owner, college professor, and retail store owner. He trained over 700 real estate agents, something that he believes he will have to answer for on Judgment Day.

He is the recipient of the prestigious Leavey Award granted by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

Davidson and his wife life in the Lake Okoboji resort area of Iowa in summer and in Arizona in the winter.

Here is a link to Lisa Haselton’s Interview with Peter Davidson and an excerpt.


Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book

10 Tips For Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book

Roughly drawn child 2A children’s picture book may seem simple, but creating a brilliant one is no easy task. How do you make yours smart, engaging, and fun — rather than clichéd, saccharine, and didactic?

“A picture book is a marriage of words and pictures,” describes Santopolo. “The most successful illustrations are the ones that take a story to another level. They don’t just illustrate the words. They add something else to them.”

10 Tips For Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book

Wednesday’s Topic continues our April Theme

Children/YA Writing Month

10 Tips For Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book


A children’s picture book may seem simple, but creating a brilliant one is no easy task. How do you make yours smart, engaging, and fun — rather than clichéd, saccharine, and didactic?

“A picture book is a marriage of words and pictures,” describes Santopolo. “The most successful illustrations are the ones that take a story to another level. They don’t just illustrate the words. They add something else to them.”


Join us in the Chat Room on Wednesday 8PM EDT

April – Children/Young Adult Month

April  is Children/Young Adult Month at The Writers Chat Room.

If you write in a youth centered category or are thinking about breaking into this market The Writers Chat Room is touching on the topic throughout the month of April.

On April 4th and 8th we are going to kick off the topic with Understanding Children’s Book Categories from Picture Books to YA.


  • Board books & concept books—birth to 4
  • Picture books—3 to 8
  • Picture story books—5 to 8
  • Early readers—5 to 7
  • Chapter books—6 to 7 & 8 to 10
  • Middle grade novels—8 to 12
  • Tween novels—10 to 14
  • Younger YA novels—13 to 16 and up
  • Older YA novels—15 to 18 and up
  • New adult—17 to mid-20s


Prompt Sunday

Sunday is Prompt Day.

These are a few prompts to get you started. Please do not feel obligated to complete them all or any of them for that matter. You can just come and hang out. See what others worked on.

We are not critiquing, nor are we editing. This is a purely fun event. No judgement, no wrong answers..

Prompt 1 

Note Found at a Construction Site

You’re a construction worker and, while in the middle of a dig to build a new building, you stumble upon a box with contents in it. There are five very specific items in it along with a note: “When you find this, call me. This is only phase one.” The is a phone number so you call it. What happens next?

(You may take up to 300 words on this. You’ll be copying your own text and dropping it into the chat room. Or you may leave it over at the forum.)

Prompt 2

Gloves: Write about a pair of gloves – what kind of gloves are they? Who wears them and why?

This is a short prompt.. I suggest 100 words tops. Again you drop it into the chat room. 

Prompt 3

up to 300 words to copy into chat or post on our forum

Prompt 4

Favorite Piece of Clothing Eulogy

Your favorite article of clothing has finally out-lived its life (and then some). It’s time to say goodbye, but you love it so much you feel a need to send it off properly. Write a eulogy dedicated to that piece of clothing and all the times you shared together.

Up to 300 words to post in chat or on the forum

Prompt 5

Again, you can go up to 300 words and post it during chat or over in the Forum

This ends my list of Prompts. I may gather some one liners between now and Sunday.  Have fun.

Celebrity Sunday Presents Authors from Gator House Publishing

 Lisa is leading Celebrity Sunday on March 18th with the Owner of Gator House Publishing and two authors. It takes agility to moderate even one guest. A hat tip to Lisa. Please be on time for this one. If you have trouble inside the room, please log out using the gear icon, close your browser and re-enter.

Gator House Publishing (gatorhousepublishing.com)

Gaterhouse Publishing LogoRobert Wilkins, CEO

Gator House Publishing is a new independent publishing company located in Charleston, South Carolina. We are comprised of two divisions, Gator House and Gator Tales. Gator House is geared towards adult fiction while Gator Tales handles YA.

Gator House  is on schedule to release 13 books this year. The Publisher accepts unsolicited manuscripts, but they must meet our submission guidelines. If you have any questions please contact then on their website.

Here at Gator House Publishing we have three imprints. Gator House, for adult novels, genres range from Thrillers/Mysteries to Alternate-History. Gator Bites, for young readers’ picture books. Finally, there is Gator Tales, for young adults, genres from coming to age tales to fantasy.

A well written, well edited book, one that followed our submission guidelines on our website is ideal. I don’t expect that every manuscript we receive will be flawless, but if the author does their best to polish their work before submission, it will have a better chance at publication. Readers love series. The story should be able to sustain itself over a number of books. The series should grow organically. But some of the greatest stories ever written were stand-alone books. Both series and stand-alone books would be welcome additions to Gator House Publishing.

Also coming to chat with Robert Wilkins is Keith Nichols and Grecia Chasteen

Celebrity Sunday Presents Authors from Gator House Publishing

Keith Nichols, author of the Cat Land series, was born in Tacoma, Washington and is the youngest son out of 16 children. His father was the last operating blacksmith for Burlington Northern on the west coast and his mother is an accomplished artist. Mr. Nichols first published book, The Ghost of Jack Woodford, was released in 2003.

After looking for a suitable subject matter for many years Nichols finally settled on young adult and children’s books simply for the fun of writing them. His partner, Midnight the Rescue Panther, is a large 23-pound house cat with Pulitzer plans. Mr. Nichols lives in Missouri in a house filled with spoiled animals and his lovely wife.

Grecia Chasteen

Grecia Chasteen, the author of Because of Yesterday, resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her BA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from The University of Cincinnati in 2015. She followed her passion for helping others with a career in the Social Work field, working with the homeless population.

She has volunteered with a local Domestic Violence agency since 2013 and is the founder of W.I.N (Women, Inspiring and Networking) a community group based in Cincinnati.


Celebrity Sunday Presents Penny C. Sansevieri

Penny's Head ShotPenny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. She is the author of fourteen books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the “leading guide to everything Internet.”

Author Marketing Experts

“I started Author Marketing Experts because I’m an author and want to give authors a book marketing company that truly understands their goals and needs.“

Author Marketing Experts specializes in turning authors into success stories with innovative, personalized strategies and publicity campaigns.

Core Strategies

Our Core Strategies campaigns are unique in this industry, and make it possible to find new readers and expand market reach by investing in just a few strategies at a time. It’s the ideal approach if you’re on a budget, testing the waters, only looking for professional help in key areas, or budgeting to promote multiple titles.


Growth Campaigns

Our Steady Growth campaigns are perfect for taking your book promotion to the next level. Whether you’ve hit a rut, are planning a new release or just never started (for shame!), we can give you the kind of boost that really sets you up to see a difference in how your book performs online.


Big Picture Campaigns

Our Big Picture campaigns are robust, national in scope, and include both traditional (offline) and new (online) strategies that have you working with our entire team. If you’re able to invest in really kicking off your writing career, or you’re looking to promote your business or expertise, these campaigns cover all aspects of book promotion from reviews to distribution, and media to speaking gigs.



Penny’s Most Recent Blog Post is

5 Ways for Children’s Authors to Sell More Books Locally





Revising and Editing

March is Revision and Editing Month at The Writer’s Chat Room.

Each Wednesday topic will have some connection to revision and editing. This week we are going to discuss the difference between the two writing tasks.

While the words revise and edit are often used interchangeably, the two are actually not the same thing. In this article we will go over the key differences to help you understand more about the writing process to prepare for publishing.

Understanding the Difference Between Revising and Editing

(And Why You Need Both)

banging head on yellow signWhen revising your manuscript, you are changing the meaning or way in which the reader perceives, experiences and interprets it.

When editing a manuscript, only the structure of writing is corrected.

Revising and editing are both equally important when it comes to preparing a manuscript for submission to an editor. Trying to lump them both together in one step can cause a lot of confusion, and quite possibly even more errors.

You must both revise and edit your work to make it the best it can be prior to sending it off to a publishing house.

Join us for a topic chat about the differences between Revising and Editing.


Writing Your Book’s Back-Cover Copy

Writing Your Book’s Back-Cover Copy


So you’ve written your book, you’ve chosen your title and cover design, and you’re breathing a sigh of relief. Now you have to decide what goes on the back cover. New authors sometimes rush this decision, writing the first thing that comes to mind. After all, it’s the back of the book. How important can it be?

A lot more important than a person might think. The hundred-and-fifty words you’ll place on your back cover are arguably the most important words in your entire book.

I will share one of my own Blurbs on my first published book along with the Revision of the same Blurb for my Author’s Revised Edition of the same title.