Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Changing Focus

Along with the new--and very pretty--change in the YA Stands blog appearance, there's been a little change in focus, at least for me.

Previously, I blogged here about bullying and mental illness, issues which affect a lot of teens. However, most of the visitors to this blog aren't teens... After talking it over with Nicole, we came to the conclusion that it would be better if I blogged about something more directly writing-related. So going forward, I'll be blogging every other Wednesday about submitting your writing, the different means of publication, and so on.

This week, I just wanted to introduce my new focus, but I also wanted to invite all of you to post any questions you might have about submitting books, finding publishers, researching the market, etc. If there's anything you want to know, just ask; if I don't know the answer, I'll try to find it.

I've been writing since I was five, and although my first publication didn't happen until I was 32, I started researching how to get published while I was still in high school. And I continue studying, asking questions, and learning. I don't consider myself an expert, but I do know a thing or two, and I hope my posts will be helpful to those of you who are beginning this journey or are weighing new options.


  1. I know what you mean about your blog content not always being read by teens, but bullying and mental illness are still very important topics in YA literature that are interesting to read.

    I also appreciate the posts on writing help. I also started searching for publishers in high school, and now at almost 22, I'm feeling much more confident and knowledgeable in the field.

    Thank you for your help,

  2. Jennifer, I agree those are important topics, and I intend to keep blogging about them on my own blog ( as well as in guest appearances on other blogs. The focus of YA Stands as a whole has shifted a bit, so I needed to fit my role a bit more into the vision for the entire blog.

    I've encountered a lot of aspiring authors who have been sucked into publishing scams, who don't understand the differences among small presses, vanity publishers, e-publishers, and self-publishing, and who aren't sure how to find out the information, so I'm hoping I'll be able to help with those things somewhat.