Teen Writers Publish Podcast

The Teen Writers Publish! podcast teaches writing craft for writers of middle grade and young adult fiction. We encourage writers of all ages to pursue their publishing dreams and never stop learning their craft!
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Welcome to Teen Writers Publish! Where your writing career begins now. Whether you write for tweens, teens, and young adults, or are a tween, teen, or young adult who aspires to be an author, this is the podcast for you.

Dec 1, 2015

Gina and Ron talk about the editing process and some great online help to take away some of the editing stress.

Nov 10, 2015

The scene is the basic building block of your novel. The action-reaction sequence makes up the scene. Make sure you understand the basic elements of the action-reaction sequence, or you'll lose your reader!

Nov 3, 2015

In our last NaNoWriMo prep show, we come to the final step in your preparations for a successful NaNo: the scene spreadsheet.

If you know what you're going to write before you sit down each day, cranking out 50,000 words in a month is easy. 

Oct 20, 2015

Ron and Gina continue with their preparation for NaNoWriMo with expanded summary and plot, two crucial steps to a solid story.

Oct 13, 2015

This week Gina and Ron discuss the first steps toward your NaNoWriMo preparations:

1. The one sentence summary

2. Identifying your protagonist

3. Expanding to a one paragraph summary.

4. Your supporting cast

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Oct 6, 2015

This week Ron and Gina kick off our NaNoWriMo prep month by discussing Fast Fiction with YA Author Denise Jaden.


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Sep 29, 2015

This week Gina and Ron talk to Ben Wolf, founder of Splickety Magazine and novelist.

Sep 22, 2015

This week Ron and Gina introduce our new Editing expert, Morgan MacDonald. Morgan offers valuable tips on how to get your book written and how to work with an editor.

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Sep 15, 2015

This week Ron interviewss Heather Sunseri, author of Mindspeak, a YA dystopian series. Check out Heather's website here:


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Sep 8, 2015

This week Ron interviews bestselling author Claire LaZebnik. Claire's recent YA titles include:

  • Epic Fail
  • The Last Best Kiss
  • The Trouble With Flirting

You can check out Claire's wesite at

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Sep 1, 2015

Ron and Gina interview Terry Whalin, who's been involved in the publishing industry for over 25 years. 

Aug 18, 2015

What is passive writing?

This week Ron and Gina discuss active vs. passive writing. Even if you have a solid plot and great characters, passive writing can kill an otherwise great story. Listen in and find out how to avoid the passive voice trap.

Aug 11, 2015

Ron interviews a Wattpad Watty Award winner and Wattpad Ambassador Katherine Ganzel. Katherine talks about what it takes to be successful on Wattpad and how an author can use Wattpad to sell books. She also discusses her Wattpad Watty Award winning book which has over 4 million views.

Katherine's Wattpad Page

Aug 4, 2015

This week Ron interviews Ani Alexander, fellow podcaster and author. Ani shares her story of growing up in Armania when it was still under Soviet rule, and how difficult it was to be creative in that environment.

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Jul 28, 2015

This week, Gina and Ron discuss building your scenes. A scene is the basic building block of your novel. A scene can be broken up into two basic elements: Scene and Sequel.

You Scene is the action, it's what will move your plot forward.

A Sequel is your character's reaction to the scene. Simple enough?

We've attached a short worksheet on the website to help you with your scene structure. 

You can find it here:

As always, thanks for listening! 

Jul 21, 2015

This week Gina and Ron talk about the different master plots and use movie and book examples to drive them home. This is where a new writer can learn to select a known plot--not a genre--to help them craft their own version of it.

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Jul 14, 2015

In this episode Ron interviews fantastic indie Science Fiction author Susan Kaye Quinn and, as a special treat, joining us was Susan's 16 year old son and aspiring author Adam Quinn. 

Susan and Adam talk about their books--yes, Adam has a trilogy completed and available on his website and Smashwords--and what lies ahead for indie publishing. Susan's new book, FOR LOVE OR MONEY, where she takes indie authors onto the next level of their careers, is set to release this week.

See Susan's website and new SciFi releases here.

See Adam's website and free SciFi trilogy here.


In our Wattpad Page 1 segment, we critiqued a Wattpad book written by BrookRoyale13. Her novel, FORGOTTEN, provided a great introduction to this new segment.

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Jun 27, 2015

Gina and Ron discuss story structure, a key element to creating your novel. 

Jun 27, 2015

In our first episode Ron Estrada and Gina Conroy introduce ourselves and tell you what Teen Writers Publish! is all about. Our mission here at Teen Writers Publish! is to teach teens and young writers to write, publish, and sell your books...all before graduation day. "Older" teens will find valuable information as well. However, any advice we give will be done so with a teen's budget in mind. In other words, dirt cheap or free. Thanks for joining us!

Jun 27, 2015

Ron and Gina finish their discussion of Story Structure.

Teen Writers Publish! podcast mission is to encourage teens and young writers to write, publish, and sell their books now. Weekly episodes will cover the topics of writing craft, traditional or indie publishing, and marketing your books.