About Us

Stephanie Morrill
Once upon a time, I was a high school student dreaming of being published. Now I'm in my twenties and a working novelist.

Because I knew nothing and no one when I started down the road of publication, I'm passionate about sharing what knowledge I've gained with the next generation of writers. That's what Go Teen Writers is all about - encouragement and community.

Jill Williamson
I write young adult contemporary novels, including The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series (Revell) and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet (Playlist). You can connect with me on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, or my author website.

Jill Williamson joined the Go Teen Writers team in 2012 and has been an amazing addition. She's the Christy-award-winning author of the Blood of Kings Trilogy (Marcher Lord Press),  Replication (Zondervan), the Mission League series (Marcher Lord Press) and the Safe Lands Trilogy (Zondervan). You can find Jill on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or on her author website.

The two of us teamed up to write Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book, in which we talk about, well, how to turn your first draft into a published book.

We hope you find Go Teen Writers to be a fun and encouraging community!



15 comments:

  1. Hi Stephanie,

    I love your blog! It's pack-filled with amazing and resourceful tips for teen writers. I hope to some day mentor as many teens as you do.

    I'm a teen novelist, too, but am trying to find a home for my YA paranormal, suspense series. In the meantime, while I'm juggling rewrites, etc., I started a blog for teen writers.

    Last week, I went to the Write to Publish Conference in IL and took notes on editor needs. I've posted their sites and guidelines at my blog. Many of the editors are looking for teen authors. Would you let your teens know if they're looking for summer writing jobs to check it out?

    Also, I'll be blogging about Splickety, a flash fiction magazine, and featuring Ben, their editor. He'll be posting about how to write flash fiction. I thought maybe your teens would like to enter submissions in some of these categories.

    Thanks for what you do. I'd love to meet you sometime. WIll you be going to the ACFW in September? Any other conferences?

    Best,
    Michelle
    PS. Here is the link to the editor requests:

    http://randomwritingrants.com/2012/06/05/places-to-pitch-in-the-christian-market/
    Random Writing Rants

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  2. An anonymous person posted this comment, and I accidentally deleted it! Sorry, anonymous, and glad you like Go Teen Writers!:

    Oh My GOSH!!! I've found heaven!!!! :) Thank you thank you thank you!!!! This whole site is exactly what I needed!

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  3. Stephanie, awesome blog. I've been checking out some of your articles and appreciate the examples and humor you use. I'm currently shopping a manuscript around but in the meantime it's great to learn new techniques.

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  4. Jill and Stephanie:
    I am DYING to read your books- I've read the first three chapters of every single one on Amazon and now I am in huge distress, because I am in love with Ellie and Spencer and Palmer and Gabriel and Chase and all I can find are Kindle editions and I don't have a Kindle :((( (Whew, quite a run on sentence there. ;) Are any of your books in hard copy, and where can I get them?
    Thanks so much!
    -Ana

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    1. Hi Anastasia! Yes, all our books are available in paperback form. Because the Ellie books and Jill's Mission League series are with small presses, they can be tough to find in brick-and-mortar stores. You can order the paperback forms on Amazon, though, or request them from your library.

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  5. I turn 12 at the beginning of August. Am I still allowed to enter contests and things like that??? I'm working on a book that I would like to get published soon (like next year soon) and I need a LOT of help. And this blog rocks!! And doing little stories would help.

    Oh, and btw, I like to put a lot about my characters in the beginning of the first chapter... is that bad??? Should I spread it out a little more???


    Thanks!

    ~Abrielle Lindsay~
    http://thebooksbooksbookblog.blogspot.com/

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  6. Hi,

    I tried to do another comment, but I don't know if you ever got it (did you?)

    Anyway, absolutely LOVE your blog!!! Sooooo happy I found it! ;) I'm working on a book of my own, hopefully to get published sometime between May 2014 - January 2015. (that would be the time i am in america, i live in indonesia)

    I'm reading your book, the one about getting published, I LOVE it so far!! Can't wait to get deeper into it!!

    Btw, when i write, in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd paragraph of the book you know a LOT about my main character. Is that too much about her in such a little bit of time???

    Oh, and another thing: I'm 12 (well, I'll be 12 next Saturday), can I still do contests and things like that??


    Thanks,
    Abrielle Lindsay
    http://thebooksbooksbookblog.blogspot.com/

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  7. hi mrs. stephanie!!


    can i put the 100 for 100 button on my blog...? is that what were supposed to do??

    thx,
    abrielle lindsay
    http://thebooksbooksbookblog.blogspot.com/

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  8. I found this site through a blog a few months ago, and it is such a blessing to me. I love reading your posts; thank you for writing it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. I love your book! I have it in print and I have reread it a million times! I hope one day the novel i'm writing can be as famous as some of yours!
    Yay?
    Well anyways, i love the book and I just want to say great job on it!
    Quick question- I just realized I can get points for getting the book- How would I get those?
    Thanks! Bye!

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    1. Here are the details for Go Teen Writers rewards: http://goteenwriters.blogspot.com/p/go-teen-writers-rewards.html

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  10. Hi Stephanie,

    Do you ever allow guest posts? I published my book in August and would love to drop by with a few tips! I make videos on YouTube about writing but if you want to know anything about me you can find it at my website or feel free to ask :)

    http://mandilynn.com/

    Thank you!

    ~Mandi

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    1. Yes, we do guest posts. You can send me an email with your ideas for topics at Stephanie(at)GoTeenWriters.com.

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  11. Hi Stephine,

    I'm a young writer who has had few short flash pieces published. I very much admire your blog and journey.

    Thanks Daniel
    http://www.danielwallock.com/ or my literary journal http://www.thisverybreath.com/

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  12. Hi Stephanie and Jill! =) Just finished the book and loved it! It was amazing! I just started a new book blog too so that's fun (http://forthebookish.com/) I read this all the time and check GTW even when I know there's no new post because I'm always updated on bloglovin' and on my email =) Keep blogging, and writing!

    emily

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