Category Archives: #TeenWriters Chat
(*If you haven’t already read our event listings for the next week of, you might want to do so. There’s some seriously awesome stuff going on.)
It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally time to announce the details of our TCWT’s first birthday agent pitch contest! *muppetflail* I’m incredibly excited, as you can probably tell. First off, let’s meet our awesome agents, shall we?
Pam van Hylckama of Larsen Pomada!
Natalie Lakosil of Bradford Literary!
Julia A. Weber of J.A. Weber Literary!
Emily Keyes of L. Perkins Agency!
WOOHOO! Such awesome agents. *muppetflail again* I’m so grateful that they all agreed to do this! And I’m excited to see what they think of the entries. But first, the rules.
- To participate, you MUST be of the ages 13-20. No exceptions.
- You must have a completed manuscript. This means it’s fully polished and ready-to-go. If you wouldn’t want an agent to read it as is, don’t send it.
- To enter, email a three sentence pitch and your first 250 words IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL to TeenRiter(at)gmail(dot)com. No attachments, please.
- Each entry should get a confirmation email a few hours after you send it in. If, come Tuesday, you still haven’t received confirmation, please resend the entry.
- 10-15 entries will be chosen from the slush and posted on the blog. I’ll only post my top 10 favorites. Unfortunately, this means not all submitted entries will make it to the agent round. Keep in mind that this whole thing is subjective and if I don’t love your entry, it doesn’t mean that no one else will either.
- The top 10 entries will all be in their own posts, and our four awesome agents will be reading through and requesting to read more of their favorites in the comments section of each entry, so if you make it to round 2, be sure to see check whether you get any agent activity. Note: Making it to round 2 does not guarantee you’ll get an agent request. It just means you’re a lot closer, and that I personally think your entry will grab an agent’s attention.
- You’re also welcome to critique the top 10 entries in the comments of each post, but please make sure to keep it friendly and helpful.
- If you don’t make it to the agent round and really want to know why, email me and I’ll tell you. Be warned, though, my response will be brutal honesty, so only ask if you’re genuinely interested in improving your pitch and first 250 words.
Dates & Times:
- Entry submissions open at 6 PM EST today (9/15) and close at 11 PM EST on Tuesday (9/18).
- Winning entries will be announced and posted sometime on Thursday (9/20). Be sure to check and see if your entry made it to the agent round!
- The agent round closes on Sunday night (9/23). All agents will make requests before then. If you got a request, I’ll email you directions for sending the agent your manuscript and you’re on your way!
Format for Entries:
All entries should look like the below, just with your info added in. (Note: You don’t have to put your full name/real name in the “name” section if you don’t want to. The name should be whatever you’re comfortable being known as if your entry gets posted on the blog.)
[insert three sentence pitch here]
[insert the first 250 words of your MS here. Please make sure to finish the sentence you end on. If this means going over or under the 250 word limit, that's okay.]
**If you need help with your three sentence pitch, we have some good examples from our editor pitch contest here. Or if you’d like a critique, post your three sentence pitch in the comments below and someone will hopefully come along to help you out. Be sure to critique another pitch in the comments, though, if you post yours, so the karma will be returned.
***I’ll live-tweet some pros and cons of the entries using hashtag #TeenWriters on Twitter. If you participate in the pitch contest and are on Twitter, you might want to check in on the hashtag every day or so. Also use #TeenWriters for any tweets you make related to the pitch contest.
****Don’t forget about our live Twitter Q&A with agent Pam van Hylckama Tuesday (9/18) at 8PM EST. Details are here.
Good luck, everyone! And anything you can do to spread the word is greatly appreciated!
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Let me know either below, by email, by social media–whatever.
Today I have some sad news.
After much thought, Allegra has decided to leave TCWT. I know, I know, what a depressing way to start a blog post. I do respect her decision and reasoning, though, and I hope you all will, too. Allegra has been such a great addition to the TCWT team which makes this even sadder. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow her blog and twitter and remind her just how awesome she is. Allegra, you’ve been amazing this past year, and we’re so appreciative of all your hard work. We’re sorry to see you go. To use some Latin: “Vale!”
Now for a pause.
Yes, I snuck a gif in there. It felt appropriate.
Hopefully you all will continue to follow TCWT, even when the more interesting half has left. The blog is not ending or anything, and all of it will basically stay the same. Which brings me to the housekeeping portion of this post:
The upkeep of TCWT and all the social media is a lot of work. This is why it started off as two people running it. I’ve been thinking about finding a co-blogger replacement, but in the end I decided that, for now, I’m not going to look for a second person. I’ll attempt (keyword: attempt) to try this myself (though this will probably change–I’ll post a call for a second person if it does) but even so, I still need your help. I’m not able to write every blog post. I’m not able to run every blog chain. I’m not able to handle all the social media. As a result, I’m going to offer all of you a chance to help with TCWT. Like, right now. So let’s tackle everything:
Guest posting: Whether you’re an adult or a teen and have genuine advice to share on TCWT or just a fun idea for a post, I’d love to here from you! And yes, this means we’re now accepting unsollicited guest posts. If you’re interested in guesting on TCWT, please pitch me your idea at TeenRiter(at)gmail(dot)com. If I like the idea, I’ll ask for a full post. If I like the full post, I’ll post it on the blog (with proper credit, of course). Pretty simple, right? Let me know if you have any questions.
Note: I’m trying to schedule some YA book reviews as well so if you’re a reviewer, that falls under the “guest post” category.
Social Media: Currently, TCWT has a twitter, facebook, and tumblr. Links to them are in the sidebar. They’re a lot of work for one person to update, so if you want to help out with the social media, please let me know. You can choose one particular social media to update, or all. Whatever you like, although I’d prefer if you’re already familiar with the social media. So send me an email at TeenRiter(at)gmail(dot)com with whatever social media you currently use and/or want to help out with, and I’ll let you know if you’re accepted. The social media helpers will be added to the “About” page of this blog with a brief bio and links, just FYI.
Note: For this one, you must be between the ages of 13 and 20.
Blog chains: This is where I need the most help. Blog chains. Most of your favorite part about TCWT. I’m still going to be doing the chain myself every other month, but in those in-betweens where Allegra hosted, I need people to help out. So if you ever have an idea for a blog chain prompt, email it to me at TeenRiter(at)gmail(dot)com and if I like it enough, I’ll approve it and you’ll become the formal host of that blog chain. (I’ll assign you the month you’ll host in my email as well.) This means you’ll get the coveted last spot in the schedule and will get credited with the idea on TCWT (I’m even thinking about making a badge that says “Blog Chain Host.” Hmmm….), but it also involves putting together the schedule. I’ll show you how that’s typically done if I approve the idea.
Note: For this one also, you must be between the ages of 13 and 20.
So! I think that’s it. If you’d like to help out in other ways, definitely let me know. I’d be happy to be answer any questions you might have as well. But in the meantime, I’ll reiterate the important point:
TCWT will stay mostly the same. All the features are still going to be here, just the “staff” will be different.
Otherwise, be sure to say goodbye to Allegra. She’ll still be blogging and tweeting, but no longer on TCWT.
Finally, a couple of quick announcements:
- Our one year anniversary of TCWT is coming up soon, and I’m currently planning some awesome pitch contests/agents chats/other stuff. Stay tuned for that!
- Also, the next #TeenWriters chat is this Tuesday at 8EST! These chats have been a lot of fun so far, so be there if you can.
(First off, for any of you waiting on the results of the contest, the editor is extremely busy right now so it might be a little longer than expected. We’ll post the results as soon as we get them. Thank you for your patience.)
Today we have some exciting news to announce. *drumroll please*
TCWT has teamed up with Write On to bring you a Twitter chat… for teen writers! Yes, that’s right. We’re going to be holding a chat every other week, similar to #yalitchat, except for teens. It’s supposed to be a fun way to meet other teens, talk writing, reading, and other randomness–anything, really. For those of you with blogs, I bet you’ll meet some new people with blogs worth following, and you’ll get new followers yourself. Win-win all around. It’s also amazing to connect and talk with other teen writers online. I’ve met some seriously awesome and talented teens through Twitter. (You know who you are. *cough*)
Right off the bat, I know a good amount of you aren’t on Twitter. You don’t have to feel pressured into joining it, but getting a Twitter account takes literally five minutes to set up if you’re interested in joining the chat and is, in my humble opinion, extremely fun. Did I mention it’s also a great way to meet people? Because it so is.
Anyway, here are the rules of the chat:
- It’s going to take place every other week on Tuesday nights from 8:00 EST to 8:30 EST. (Sorry for those of you in the UK. We’re going to try and figure out a way to have some weeks take place at a time where you guys can join, too. For now, if you’re interested in joining, you can tweet responses to the topic ahead of time, and we’ll respond to them/disucss them when the chat begins.)
- The chat is restricted to young writers 13-20 years old. While adults are welcome to help promote it, this chat is mainly for young writers to talk with each other, and we really don’t want adults to come in shooting advice at us in the middle of our chat.
- The first chat will take place on Tuesday, August 14th. The topic for this chat, since it’s the first one, is “Introductions.” Hopefully we’ll have a large amount of teens there, and we thought it’d be good to get to know everyone first. We’ll be asking questions as the chat progresses, and you’re welcome to do the same.
- In case you haven’t participated in a Twitter chat before, you add the the hashtag #TeenWriters (in this case) to the end of your tweet when you’re participating. When the chat begins, do a search of the hashtag and then follow that hashtag as the chat progresses. During the chat, you can ask questions, respond to others, give your opinion on something–whatever–just make sure every tweet ends with our chat hashtag, which is #TeenWriters. So, if you want to ask a question, your tweet should look like this.
Why do you write? #TeenWriters
Does that make any sense?
- For those of you who are interested in the chat, please follow our #TeenWriters Chat account for updates on the chat, the topics, and more. We’ll follow back teen writers.
- You don’t have to join every chat. You’re welcome to if you want, but it’s all about how busy you are, whether you like the topic, etc. That said, if you’re interested in the chat, it’d be nice if you could go to our first one so we can get an idea of what we’re looking at. Thanks!
Anyway, all that aside, I think this can be a lot of fun, and we’re trying to find a way to fit in UKers, too. Really sorry for abandoning you. /: Maybe we’ll have a special chat every now and then with a time so you guys can participate? We’ll see. But if you’re in the UK and are potentially interested, it’s good to let us know now so we can see how many are being left out and we’ll work it out from there. It might mean a potential day of the week and time change for the chat. Again, follow our chat Twitter account for updates on this.
Questions? Concerns? If the day of the week doesn’t work for you or something I said doesn’t make sense or if you need help joining Twitter or anything, really, just comment below. We’re going to be pretty flexible about changing the date and time, so if something doesn’t work for you, please let us know. If enough of you can’t make Tuesdays at 8 EST, we’ll try and change it. Just stay tuned. Also, any suggestions are welcome.
Thank you guys! Hope to see you all there!