"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, September 02, 2011


It's time again for the YA Indie Carnival, an awesome group of weekly bloggers blogging about the same topic! Wait, you haven't heard of the YA Indie Carnival? You're totally missing out. But no longer!

Okay, here's the deal! Each Friday, because Friday is awesome, we all blog about the same topic. This week's topic?


Here's the thing. The topic of this blog post was supposed to be 3 TIPS FOR YA INDIE AUTHORS. But whether an author is indie or not, my tips are the same.

This is simple, but so valuable. If you write YA books, read YA books. I've heard the excuses like reading takes time away from writing. And there's the "fear" that what is read will rub off on the writing and make your voice not your own.
Truth: If you read enough, the latter will not be true. And if you read in your genre, your writing will be easier and better.

Read to succeed!

Sounds so simple, right? But words will not write themselves. So unless you sit your butt in a chair and type out words, they will not exist. This is your job. Do it!

Use whatever tools make your writing easier.

Seriously. Remove the backstory. Remove the adverbs. Have people besides your mom and best friend read. Take the time to improve your stories before you even think about seeking publication (or publishing yourself).

Do not fear the red pen.


You can check out all the amazing Indie Carnival author/bloggers below:

Danny Snell's Refracted Light Reviews
Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels.
Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Wren Emerson Author of I Wish and a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Nichole A. Williams Author of Eternal Eden, and the upcoming Fallen Eden. She is also participating in the Glassheart Chronicles.
Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Laura Elliott Author of Winnemucca and the upcoming 13 on Halloween
Amy Maurer Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Rachel Coles. Geek Mom. Book Reviewer Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms.
T. R. Graves T.R. Graves: Author of Warriors of the Cross.
Cyndi Tefft Author of Between
P.J. Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis.
Alicia McCalla Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free
Heather Cashman Author of Perception
Abbi Glines Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys
Cidney Swanson Author of Rippler
Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful and Fractured


Angelina C. Hansen said...

Check. Check. Check.

Thanks for sharing the links. I'm not sure where blog reading falls on that list, but we'll stick in with #1 just for today. ^_^

Patti Larsen said...

Straight to the point. Get out there and get it DONE!

Fisher Amelie said...

Ugh!!!! Great minds think alike!!!! We matched two of three! LOL! P.s. I loved the bit about having someone other than your mom or best friend read your work! Ba ha ha! So true!

Matthew MacNish said...

Read. Write. Revise.

Got it, thanks, PJ!

Abbi Glines said...

Great minds think alike! Ours are very similar :D Reading is so incredibly important. I wish I'd put that one. Great post.

Angela Brown said...

An agent made the same statement during a panel she hosted at a writers and agents conference here in Texas. She said there are 6 things an author must do: Read, read, read and write, write, write.

Anonymous said...

Ah...revision. It can be an obsession. I revised Winnemucca for close to five years. Rlly. I guess I'm a little bit obsessive? hee-hee. Great post.

T. R. Graves said...

PJ, you're a great mentor. Thanks for sharing.

trailsofthepen said...

Great tips! ☺ Cheers to get one more page for the day! ☺

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, everyone! It all seems so simple, doesn't it?
Thank you guys for visiting!

Meredith said...

And if you HAVE to do the backstory, don't retell it in every chapter! It's one of my pet peeves as a reader. Great advice!

PJ Hoover said...

So true, Meredith! Cut backstory! Thanks for visiting :)