The Schedule

#YALITCHAT is seeking hosts and co-hosts for the 2013 chat year. Please send email to nicole at yalitchat dot com to inquire/volunteer!

2013 Chat Schedule

January 2–Happy New Year! Open Chat -No host

January 9–New Year Writing Resolutions: How to keep them.

January 16– This year’s best conferences, conventions, retreats and opportunities for writers!

January 23– All about marketing. Learn the ins and out of marketing your book from professionals in the industry. Guests

upclose streetKelly P. Simmon, Director of Marketing & PR for Month9Books, Owner of InkSlinger PR
Kelly (KP) Simmon is obsessed with anything having to do with books and the authors who write them. After an eclectic marketing and public relations background, Kelly found her home in the literary world merging her passion and her work together. Her life revolves around her family, books, and music. It is one of her greatest joys to get to walk alongside an author as they put one of their stories out “into the wild”. Kelly is passionate about helping authors get the word out about their latest literary projects. Owner and founder of InkSlinger PR and Director of Marketing & PR at Month9Books, Kelly is living her dream and doing what she loves most by helping authors live their dreams. Find her on Twitter @KPSimmon

heather6a_319x480Heather Riccio, Publicity Director of Entangled Teen, Entangled New Adult, and digiTeen
Heather has been a publicist with Entangled since December 2011, and has done marketing/publicity with the Palm Springs International Film Festival since 2008. Her masters degree is in Fiction Writing and her undergraduate degree is a double degree in English and Anthropology from University of California, Riverside.She also works for Bowker part-time as a market researcher, which keeps her up-to-date on book trends. On the side, Heather can also be found doing pro-bono work as the Director of Partnerships for Project Migration, a fashion accessories company with a charitable initiative, and as the Features Editor for Urbanette magazine. Her life-long goal is to work for Entangled and write at night! Find her on Twitter@HeatherRiccio

Erin Dempsey is the Executive Director of Trade Marketing at Penguin Young Readers Group. She has fourteen years of experience in marketing Children’s books, the last ten of which have been spent at Penguin! She has worked with so many wonderful authors over the years, ranging from Eric Carle to Laurie Halse Anderson to Richelle Mead to John Green. A self-professed geek and fan of pop culture, Erin is equally excited to discuss her favorite movies (Star Wars and Lord of the Rings) as she is the latest manuscript she’s reading. Erin lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and dog, Ripley, who is named after one of the best sci-fic characters of all time.

January 30Debut Author Chat We’re lining up a ton of debut authors.  OPEN TOPIC/No Host

Debut Author Chat rescheduled 3/6 Want to join in? Email nicole at yalitchat dot com.

February 6 –Bullying and it’s place in YA. Author of more than sixty books, Lesléa Newman @lesleanewman joins us to discuss bullying. The inspiration for her book, October Mourning: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD.

February 13 –How to give your story personality, in other words a voice.

February 20 –How to fuel your novel with conflict. What are the different types of conflict?

February 27 –International Chat – 3pm EST. No evening chat.

March 6 Debut Author with guests:


  • CM Doporto  @cm_doporto, author of The Eslites. Publish Date: January 1, 2013
  • Kelly Hashway @KellyHashway, author of Touch of Death. Publish Date: January 15, 2013
  • Lisa M. Basso @LisaMBasso  author of  A Shimmer of Angels. Publish Dated: January 29, 2013.
  • Stephanie Wardrop @s_warfrop author of Snark and Circumstance. Publish Date: Feburary 5, 2013
  • Elizabeth Arroyo @EArroyo5  author of The Second Sign Publish Date: February 7, 2013
  • S.X. Bradley  @susanxbradley (Susan X. Bradley) author of Unraveled. Publish Date: Feb.8, 2013
  • Aja Hannah @AjaHannah author of Zarconian Island. Publish Date: March 29, 2013.
  • Justina Ireland @tehawesomersace author of Vengeance Bound. Publish date: April 2, 2013
  • Jennifer Iacopelli @JenniferCarolyn author of Game Set Match. Publish Date: May 1, 2013
  • Natasha Hanova @NatashaHanova author of Edge of Truth. Publish Date: June 6, 2013
  • Rachel Schieffelbein @rmschieffelbein author of Secondary Characters. Publish Date: June 2013
  • K.A. Barson @kabarson author of  45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS). Publish date: July 2013
  • Mindy McGinnis @MindyMcGinnis author of Not A Drop To Drink. Publish Date: 9/9/13
  • Scott Craven @Scot_Craven2 author of Dead Jed: Adventures of a Middle School Zombie Publish Date: 10/12/13
  • Michelle Reed @Michelle_E_Reed author of Life A.D. Publish Date: 12/3/13

March 13 –Plagiarism, how to avoid doing it. Detect it, in the digital age.

March 20 –Open Chat No topic/No Host

March 27 –-Spring cleaning: Revising your MS.

April 3– Genres: What are they, what do they mean, and can you have more than one in a novel?

April 10– How far can a character go before it becomes out of character? How to push your character to the limits.

April 17– Setting: How to turn it into a character.

April 24– Can you use the same title as someone else? Your Publishing questions answered.

May 1 –  What’s hot right now: trends, gadgets, and other wicked cool literary things!

May 8 – International Chat with host @nicky_olea topic: open

May 15 –  Freelance writing with guest Heather Wright (hwrightwriter) author of Writing Fiction: A Hands-On Guide for Teens. Heather will be giving away 5 copies of her book!

May 22 – Author entrepreneurs, why you’re not expected to just write well anymore.

May 29   Organizing plot ideas into a novel.

June 5 Novel beginnings: How to get your novel off to a great start.

June 12 — Best books for writers. We discuss the books that have inspired you, helped develop your craft and otherwise made you a better writer.

June 19 International Chat with host @nicky_olea

June 26 — How to continue writing in the face of rejection.

July  3 –  Open chat – No host,

July  10 — Promoting your novel: Tried & True methods and some new ideas too!

July  17 — New Adult – What exactly is it? Genres it encompasses and  what authors are writing for this new category and will it continue to grow?

July  24 — Pitching your story. Why you need to be able to tell about your novel in one sentence. (Because it shows you have a strong story core!)

July  31 — International chat

August 7 — Steampunk mash-ups with guest author Suzanne Lazear (@suzannelazear) author of Charmed Vengeance, Book 2, The Aether Chronicles due out August 8, 2013

August 14 — Traits of successful self publishers.

August 21 — Deadlines and how to keep them.

August 28 — Join guest Victoria Grossack  to discuss “Touring the Levels of Structure in Fiction: from words and phrases through scenes, chapters, series and more.

Victoria Grossack studied Creative Writing and English Literature at Dartmouth College, and is co-author with Alice Underwood of the Tapestry of Bronze series, novels based on Greek myths and set in the late Bronze Age. She is also the “Crafting Fabulous Fiction” columnist at Visit her website at

September 4 — Getting your synopsis just right.

September 11 – YA books that changed us.

September 18 — Inside the mind of the YA reader.

September 25 —  Meet debut contemp YA writers. Lessons, advice & trends in contemp YA.

October 2 — “Chaptering,” the process of deciding exactly when and where your chapter breaks will go.

October 9 — How to Balance Action, Narrative and Dialogue in Your Novel.

October 16 — VERY SUPERSTITIOUS anthology

October 23 — The key to thrilling your readers.

October 30 — SPOOKTACULAR HOWLAWEEN chat discussing this year’s best paranormal fiction including werewolves, vampires, angels, and more! Who’s doing it right, which books we should know about, and how not to write the worst paranormal book ever!

November 6 — How to amp up the action in your story with out loosing any of it’s credibility.

November 13 — New Adult? What is it? And why is it not YA?

November 20 — Explanations: Why you shouldn’t go there in your novel.

November 27 — No Chat – Happy Thanksgiving

December 4 — Explanations: Why you shouldn’t go there in your novel.

December 11 — Crowdfunding your novel. Is this the right move for you?

December 18 – Pace: What your story should have to keep your reader interested.

December 25 – Happy Holidays! No chat!

Upcoming Topics in 2014:

Premise – writing high concept stories.

Writing myths debunked.

Why you shouldn’t parent your characters.

All about small presses with guest Jennifer Walkup author of Second Verse, 10/1/2013 from the small press Luminis Books [Will also poss include other small press authors who give their first hand experience, help dispel misperceptions etc. etc.


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