Guest Vlogs

We have had many authors guest vlog on our channel. Here you can find those videos! To watch all of our guest vlogger videos, use the embedded playlist. You can find a specific vlogger in the list below or by using the search bar.

2017 Contemporary Read Recommendations

Recurring guest WordNerd Kyra Nelson shares some contemporary young adult book recommendations.

2018 Author Goals with Eliza Boyd

Author Eliza Boyd stops by to share her 2018 author goals! Eliza Boyd on Facebook – Eliza Boyd on Twitter – Read If The Hat Fits –

5 Common Mistakes in Queries

Katya de Becerra talks about querying, and some common mistakes she sees all the time! Katya’s Links: Website: Twitter:

ALL The Writing Spaces!

In this special WordNerds community video, we show off our writing spaces with the help of fellow authors Ellie Moreton, Susan McGrath, Helen Powers, Debbi Mack, Meg Sill, and Brenda Lore. We also talk about why writing is the best ever. 🙂

Ariane Felix: Scrivener Tips

Ariane Felix–writer, YouTuber, and Pitch Wars Alum–talks about her favorite aspects of Scrivener!

Augusta Blythe: Preparing Your Series

Augusta Blythe–author of the Magic Bullet series–talks about how to prepare to write a series of books.

Author Newsletter fea. StoryOrigin

Evan from StoryOrigin guest vlogs about author newsletters and why they can be useful for you.

Becky Albertalli: Connecting With Characters

Becky Albertalli–award winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda–talks about connecting with your characters.

Beth Revis: Get Inspired About Marketing… By Writing More Books

Beth Revis–author of the Across the Universe trilogy, The Body Electric, A World Without You, and the Paper Hearts series–shares one of the best marketing tips you’ll ever hear!

Caitlyn Laster: The Basics of Writing Blind Characters

Writer Caitlyn Laster (also known by her pen name Cheyenne Raphael!) shares her advice for anyone trying to write blind or visually impaired characters.

Caroline Leech: Writing Accents

Caroline Leech–YA author of WAIT FOR ME (HarperTeen, Jan 2017)–talks about how to write characters who speak with accents.


Jenny Moyer–author of FLASHFALL (11/15/16, Holt/Fierce Reads)–shares her 20-year journey to publication, and encourages you never to give up!

Community Collab: Writer Problems

The WordNerds join forces with other authors to talk about the writing problems they’ve faced recently, and what they did to overcome it!

D. E. L. Connor: Profanity in YA

D. E. L. Connor–author of the Spirit Warriors series–talks about using profanity in Young Adult Literature.

Daphne Lamb: Quotes with Daphne Lamb

Daphne Lamb–author of The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse–shares her favorite quote from the book Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakus.

Diversity is Lit Book Club! With Holly Davis

Today we’ve got guest vlogger Holly Davis here to talk about her newest Diversity Is Lit Book Club, which is kicking off THIS WEEK! Diversity is Lit Book Club Group:

Ellie Moreton: Character Chemistry and Acidity

Author Ellie Moreton guest vlogs about character chemistry –specifically characters with acidic relationships–based off of things she learned watching Breaking Bad!

Ellie Moreton: How Book Signings Work

Author Ellie Moreton talks about what you can expect when you go to a book signing and shares her experience going to see Maggie Stiefvater on her Raven King tour.

Helen Powers: Find Your Song!

Helen Powers–author and vlogger–talks about finding that one song to inspire your manuscript.

Incorporating Real Places into Historical Fantasy

Kristina Perez–author of the SWEET BLACK WAVES trilogy–stops by to talk about using real-life settings in your historical fiction. And she’s at Stonehenge while she does it! Find Kristina Perez: Website: Twitter:

Justina Ireland: Supporting Diversity in YA Literature

Justina Ireland–author of Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows, and owner of the Writing in the Margins website–talks about how you can support diversity in the books you read and write.

K.N. Lee: From Pantsing to Plotting

K.N. Lee–NYT and USA Today bestselling author–talks about how switching from pantsing to plotting helped her become a stronger, more focused writer. She also shares how you can become more of a plotter while still maintaining the free, character-driven feeling of pantsing.

Kelsey Macke: Gets Inspired

Kelsey Macke–author of Damsel Distressed, and 1/2 of the band Wedding Day Rain (who created a soundtrack to accompany her novel)–talks about how she gets inspired.


RJ Infantino–author of COLLAPSE, book 1 in the ASHWOOD LIES series–talks about the Kindle Scout program and how it helps promote indie authors.

Kristen Martin Recommends Books!

Kristen Martin–author and booktuber–shares some of her favorite reads!

Kyra Nelson: 4 Reasons You Might Not Get a Request

Kyra Nelson–literary agent assistant, author, and owner of the site Captain (Query) Hook–talks about four reasons why an agent might not be requesting to see more of your manuscript.

Kyra Nelson: Did Her MA Thesis on Kidlit!

Kyra Nelson–literary agent assistant, author, and owner of the Captain (Query) Hook website–talks about her master’s degree thesis, in which she creates a corpus of kidlit language.

Kyra Nelson: Getting to Know Your Characters

Kyra Nelson–literary agent assistant, author, and owner of the Captain (Query) Hook website–talks about how to get to know your characters so that you can have strong character development.

Kyra Nelson: YA Nonfiction

Kyra Nelson–literary agent assistant, author, and owner of the Captain (Query) Hook website–talks about YA Nonfiction (yes, that’s a thing!).

L. A. Starkey: 10 New Words–You’re Welcome Mr. Webster

L. A. Starkey–author of The Soul Keepers series and The Liarus Detective Agency series–talks about the creation of new words!

Leah Bauer: Know Your Audience!

Leah Bauer–writer and English teacher extraordinaire–talks about knowing your audience when you write.

Making WIP Playlists!

Recurring guest WordNerd Kyra Nelson talks about using playlists as inspiration in the early stages of writing a book.

Meg Sill: All About Audio Books!

Meg Sill–writer and owner of the website TheWriteMinds–talks about her foray into the world of audiobooks.

Michelle Iannantuono: Embracing Your Cinematic Brain

Michelle Iannantuono–writer, filmmaker, and Pitch Wars alum–joins us to talk about her journey to accepting her unique writing style!

Mickey Reed on Affect vs. Effect

Professional freelance editor Mickey Reed talks about the differences between affect and effect, and when to use each!

Mickey Reed on Becoming an Editor

Mickey Reed, professional freelance editor, talks about how you can become an editor.

Miscellaneous: AdAstra Authors’ Advice for Young Writers

Recorded by Kellie Sheridan while at the AdAstra sci-fi convention in Toronto, several authors share their advice for young (or new to the writing-game) writers.

Miscellaneous: AdAstra Authors’ YA Recommendations

Recorded by Kellie Sheridan while at the AdAstra sci-fi convention in Toronto, several authors share their Young Adult book recs.

Miscellaneous: Marie Lu Reads From Her Teenage Journal at YALLFest

Marie Lu (author of the Legend trilogy and the Young Elites trilogy) reads her teenage gushings about the wonderful new invention–THE INTERNET. Filmed by the WordNerds at YALLFest 2015!

Miscellaneous: YALLFest Authors on Writerly Jealousy

YALLFest 2015 authors Marie Lu, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Scott Westerfeld, Gayle Forman, Libba Bray, and Margaret Stohl talk about writers who have made them jealous recently.

Miscellaneous: YALLFest Authors’ Terrible Reviews

YALLFest 2015 authors Brendan Reichs, Brandon Mull, Curtis Jobling, Renee Ahdieh, and Kiera Cass share some of their best terrible reviews.

Nikki Roberti Miller: Working With Literary Agents

Nikki Roberti Miller–a YA author represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary–stops by to talk about different types of literary agents, parting ways with an agent, finding an agent who is best for your work, and what it is like working with an agent.

Publishing Routines and Work Ethic

K.N. Lee stops by and shares just how much is possible when you put your mind to something and get to work. http://knlee.com

REBECCA JAYCOX: Rebecca’s Inspiration

Rebecca Jaycox–author of THE OTHER INHERITANCE (Aelurus Publishing)–shares where she gets her inspiration.

Recent Books Recs from Kyra

Recurring guest WordNerd Kyra Nelson recommends some books.

Rosalyn Eves: Persistence in Publishing

Rosalyn Eves–YA author of BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, a YA historical fantasy coming March 2017 from Knopf/Random House–talks about how to persevere in your publishing goals when all you really want to do is quit.

S. J. Cairns: Inspiration with Sami-Jo

S. J. Cairns–adult fiction writer and member of The Fictionistas vlogging group–talks about how she gains inspiration.

Scott Westerfeld Gives Writing Advice at YALLFest 2015

Scott Westerfeld shares writing from his childhood, and gives writing advice based on that. Filmed by the WordNerds at YALLFest 2015!

ShaelinWrites: Using Specific Details

Shaelin–writer and booktuber/writetuber over at ShaelinWrites–talks about using specific details to enhance your worldbuilding and writing.

Shannon Cooley: How I Got My Agent

Shannon Cooley–YA author represented by Victoria Marini–talks about how she got her literary agent!

Stakes and Your Query Letter

Kyra Nelson talks about a critical query letter element: stakes.

Talkin’ Twitter with Jennifer Johnson-Blalock

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock–literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates–shares a few ways to make sure you’re getting the most out of your Twitter experience.

Tamara Woods: Infuse Emotions In Your Writing

Tamara Woods–author of THE SHAPING OF AN “ANGRY” BLACK WOMAN–talks about how to take your writing to the next level by infusing emotions in your sentences.

The Beta Reading Process (for the Socially Awkward)

Helen Powers stops by to share some tips for beta reading when you find the whole process daunting and/or anxiety-inducing. Get Helen’s Book: Helen’s Channel:

The Better Novel Project

Christine–author and creator of the Better Novel Project–talks about dissecting books to see what makes them work, and how she does that on her website!

Thoughts on Inspiration

B.A. Williamson, author of THE MARVEOLOUS ADVENTURES OF GWENDOLYN GRAY (and occasional arch-nemesis of E. Latimer) talks about finding inspiration for stories. Learn more at: http://Gwendolyngray.comCheck out The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson: your copy:

Tips for Twitter Pitch Contests

Recurring guest Kyra Nelson, pitching professional, gives a few tips for the next time you have to pitch your novel.

Tips for Twitter Pitch Contests

Kyra Nelson–recurring guest WordNerd and Twitter Pitch professional–gives her best tips for any upcoming pitch contest you may be considering.

Trimming When You Don’t Know Which Words to Cut

Author B.A. Williamson joins us to talk about how he cuts down his manuscripts when he already feels like he’s killed all his darlings. PURCHASE THE MARVELOUS ADVENTURES OF GWENDOLYN GRAY: Follow B.A. Williamson on social media! Twitter: Facebook: Website:


Victoria Aveyard–#1 NYT Bestselling author of Red Queen–reads an excerpt of fanfiction that she wrote as a teenager. Clip recorded at YALLFest 2015. 🙂

When to Shelve a WiP

Katherine Bogle–author of the award-winning novel, HAVEN–talks about how to determine whether it’s time to shelve a work in progress or find a different publishing path for your book.

YA Books With Sass

Recurring guest Kyra Nelson recommends some books with sassy characters. Banter abounds!

Yudron Wangmo: Going on an Adventure!

Yudron Wangmo–author of the Cycle of the Sky series–takes you with her as she visits the setting of her newest book. She walks you through her research, and how she uses travel to inform her writing!