1. Writing Wednesday: Setting the Scene, and How Much is Too Much?

    authorbethreekles:

    Setting can be one of the most important things in a book. It builds up things in your imagination and creates more of an ambiance, and without some description of where things are going on, stories would be a lot more bland.

    Sometimes people ask me what they can do to set the scene, or they might ask how much description is too much – that’s what this advice post is all about. Settings and descriptions.

    Here we go!

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  2. Anonymous said: Hey I self published my first book as an ebook and on amazon kindle! Only had three buys and 29 downloads so far but do you think it'll be good experience and help with getting an agent and a publishing deal at some point? I'm 19 so not getting any younger lol. I've always wanted to be an author.

    That’s great, congratulations! :)

    And those might not seem like big numbers but it’s great that you’ve had some interest; have you tried using social media to promote your book? It might help :)

    And DEFINITELY, definitely look at getting an agent! Self-publishing is great but it’s a lot of hard work and you have to do your own publicity and also you can only self-publish in ebook unless you fork out a bunch of money to publish your own paperback.

    So yes, look at getting an agent. Do some research and send submissions in and the best of luck to you! :) Agents take care of you as an author and they will help you get a publishing deal, too. So yes, look into it :) xo

     

  3. Anonymous said: Hey I'm Abbey and I was wondering if you had any plans for new books coming out? I LOVED all three of your books and I have read all three at least twice and I have never really been a reader but you have got me into books. So I was wondering if you have any plans to bring litany more books in the next year? And also have you read kidnapped my heart on wattpad? It is a brilliant story and I think it is a must read :D anyway thank you for reading you are such an inspiration

    Hi Abbey! :)

    I have an upcoming project but I can’t talk about it just yet. It’s really exciting though so keep an eye out for more news from me VERY soon!

    I’m also really glad that you enjoyed my books so much :) it’s really great to hear that I’ve got you back into reading. You should check out Stephanie Perkins’ books - they’re soooo much fun to read! Also, Jenny Han’s ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ and its follow-up books are absolutely wonderful. You might enjoy those too :)

    And I haven’t read Kidnapped My Heart, but I’ll try check it out :) xo

     

  4. Anonymous said: What sort of judgemental comments do you get?

    Oh just like ‘The writing is bad BECAUSE she’s only seventeen’ (which bothers me because, okay, maybe the writing isn’t great, but the age comment bothers me because a lot of young writers are fricking fantastic)

    And ‘The characters are so shallow no teenagers act like this and go to parties and drink and have sex’ (which, uh, hello, THEY DO and I don’t think my characters are shallow exactly, it’s just that I didn’t develop them enough in the book, you know?)

    Stuff like that :) xo

     

  5. Anonymous said: I am 16 and looking to publish. The book I wrote is quite sexual - its not erotica, but a lot of the characters do have sex. I'm worried about what my parents, friends, teachers and boyfriend will think.

    Okay, so quite a few Young Adult novels have (often graphic) sex scenes because it’s actually pretty important for teens to read things like that, so they get an idea of how it is rather than things like porn and cute rom-com movies with hot-and-heavy one night stands between twenty-somethings. 

    I personally don’t feel entirely comfortable writing explicit sex scenes, so I don’t. I write them in but don’t write them graphically.

    BUT, it doesn’t mean that it should bother you. If it’s important to your book then that’s absolutely fine. And if you get your book published, that’ll probably be a bigger deal than the fact you have some sex scenes in your book, you know?

    I’m sure that your parents, friends, teachers and boyfriend will understand. I mean, it’s not like yours will be the only book out there with sex in. Let alone the only writing a teenager has done with sex scenes (have you read any fanfic? Like, M-rated fanfic is out there in abundance and most of it is written by teens, some younger than you!). 

    Let’s face it - teachers are well aware that some students will be having sex, because that’s what some teenagers do. It happens.

    Your boyfriend and your friends - they might tease you a little bit, playfully, but they’ll understand.

    Your parents - that might be a bit cringey, but I’m sure they’ll understand too. Even if you’re not having sex right now, a lot of teenagers will end up reading books that have sex in them, or watch TV shows and movies where the characters have sex, so you’re not the only one your age who knows about that kind of stuff.

    I hope that’s helped put your mind at ease, and good luck :) xo

     

  6. Anonymous said: Please make an instagram.

    I’m actually thinking about it :) only someone took the username ‘reekles’ so I’ll probably have to go for ‘bethreekles’ or something if that’s still available xo

     

  7. Anonymous said: Are you embarassed by writing about sex?

    Not entirely because the sex scenes in my books aren’t explicit and there’s no graphic descriptions of the sex. And, you know, teenagers have sex. So I don’t see why I should avoid writing about it, when I’m trying to make my books relateable and realistic :) xo

     

  8. Anonymous said: Do you dye your hair? It looks amazing.

    I have highlights :) and thanks, sweetie! xo

     

  9. Anonymous said: How did you make a website?

    I used GoDaddy to sign up and buy my domain (bethreekles.co.uk) and and I got the hosting with it, because I also bought the package to build my website with GoDaddy.

    I bought the template option so I didn’t have to construct it totally from scratch - but I used a plain white template so I built it up from scratch by adding text boxes and a few images and bits and pieces of html :) xo

     

  10. Anonymous said: You should do a short story based on Never Have I ever.

    Maybe, that’s not a bad idea! :) xo

     

  11. Anonymous said: Did you like Divergent/Hunger Games? Think the comparisons between the 2 are fair?

    Comparisons as in dystopian worlds with a strong female protagonist who fights against a corrupt government? Yeah, I think those are fair comparisons. I don’t try to look at too much hate in the fandoms, because why would I go looking for that?

    I really love both series. I didn’t put down the Hunger Games books for five days straight and I read Divergent in only a few hours. I don’t see many comparisons between them because usually those kind of posts are full of complaints and hate and I don’t want to get myself down about books I like, so I can’t really talk about those too much.

    I really do like both series a lot though :) xo

     

  12. Anonymous said: What do your friends at uni think of your writing? Have they read any of your books? (If not I think they should because they are awesome).

    They were pretty impressed when I first told them (I didn’t know how to tell them at first, but when we were exchanging Twitter handles, they saw my profile and my bio about my writing so I told them then) and they ask about any updates I have or anything I’m doing. We bought a flat copy of The Kissing Booth last year and all the girls I live with read it, and loved it, and asked for a sequel, and a couple of the guys read some bits of it too :) xo

     

  13. Writing Wednesday: Setting the Scene, and How Much is Too Much?

    Setting can be one of the most important things in a book. It builds up things in your imagination and creates more of an ambiance, and without some description of where things are going on, stories would be a lot more bland.

    Sometimes people ask me what they can do to set the scene, or they might ask how much description is too much – that’s what this advice post is all about. Settings and descriptions.

    Here we go!

    Read More

     

  14. I’ve been a busy bee - it’s Freshers’ Week!

    I’ll be honest, the last two nights I haven’t been answering all those questions in my tumblr inbox even though I’ve stayed in because I’ve just been soooo exhausted

    I’ll probably get around to it later today.

    I’ve just spent an hour talking to some sixth formers about life as a physics student and showing them around the physics building - which was really awesome because I got to try and persuade them to take physics at uni.

    Now, to carry on with the geeky and nerdy afternoon, I’m meeting a fried for lunch before we go to the knitting society freshers event. (Knitting is a great stress reliever and very calming. Don’t judge me.)

    So yes, later I’ll be answering tumblr questions so if you have one, ask now and keep an eye out for my reply :) xo

     
  15. Top Ten Tuesday: Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More via The Broke and the Bookish

     

    1. Rainbow Rowell (I KNOW!!! I’ve only read Fangirl so far, but own all her books)
    2. Jennifer E Smith
    3. Holly Smale (need to finish the fantastic Geek Girl series!)
    4. Simone Elkeles
    5. Courtney Summers
    6. Allie Condie
    7. Jenny O’Connell
    8. David Levithan
    9. Holly Bourne
    10. Brodi Ashton