Wednesday, February 22, 2012

First Post from Kris

As the newest member of YA Stands, I’ve been wracking my brain for a week trying to figure out what my first post should be about. I wanted it to be something inspiring. Something powerful. Something sweet.

Do I come up with a theme for my posts? Or some anecdote about my journey? Um, how ‘bout just an introduction. 


I am a writer. It’s taken a few years for me to be able to stand up and say it out loud. I write YA and MG fiction. I’ve been published in the nonfiction school library market through Capstone Press—if anyone has questions about work-for-hire or nonfiction, feel free to ask, but I’ll keep these posts YA specific.

My first novel was inspired by my own experiences as a teenage golfer—I started writing it almost six years ago. Last spring, it was finally strong enough to catch the eye of an agent. This spring, it’s almost strong enough to go out to editors. I’m a great example of why you need to keep working, keep writing, keep on keeping on if you really want to publish. If you really want it, you can’t give up.

Also, keep writing different things. Learn how to write to spec—whether it’s for a paranormal anthology or a magazine article for highlights. Getting work-for-hire contracts for me has been integral to my confidence level, and important to my growth as a writer. Write short stories, write picture book texts just for kicks. You never know, your natural voice may be something completely different from what you’re currently writing. 

And any kind of writing is bound to make your YA stronger.

I look forward to blogging here! Happy Wednesday!




  1. nice to meet you! And I agree. It's always good to spread our wings and write out of our comfort zone!

  2. Kris, It's great to have you on board!

  3. Welcome Kris. I've been wanting to know more about how to break into work-for-hire assignments. Is it too much to address in the comments here? You could send me an email at kristinbartleylenz at gmail dot com. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Kristin--it's a bit much for the comments here. Maybe I'll do a post on my own blog this week on the meantime, if you have specific questions, feel free to email me. Krisasselin (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. And thanks to everyone for such a warm welcome! I'm looking forward to being a part of the group!

  6. Welcome to the team, Kris, and great advice!