(But I definitely want to loop back to the reading! Kerri: I also try to write in the morning—but once my daughter is in school, at about 9am. The beauty of reading and editing short stories is you can accomplish things within shorter blocks of time. Diana: So I pick up YARN work like knitting, actually. Kerri: Yes, I love seeing that in poetry—there is often in those subs. Diana: Issue-y trends I see in fiction have to do with date rape or dealing with confusing sexual encounters. For instance, do you feel like the grief stories might be part of a fervor. Diana: So we’re all writers and parents and editors—and jugglers … Kerri: So Kip, since you’re the latest YARN Editor, how you finding the juggling between writing and editing? I find I can do some editing work while my kid is around. Kip: Maybe body issues or religious issues or race or suicide. Kerri: Diana, since you’ve been reading fiction submissions for a few years now, do you feel like they are following trends in YA publishing at large?
Diana: I am so drawn to the idea of blocking out times and keeping them sacred, but I haven’t mastered that yet. I pay for it later, but I get that concentrated time with no interruptions, less chance of e-mails coming in, peace.Kip: Agreed—I think fewer teens know about it than adults, but hopefully it will just become the reality organically. It’s a feeling I rarely get when trying to devour a novel before bed or read stuff in snatches on my phone. It’s like, you can take your time to read something slowly when it’s short. Kerri: You know, rejection kind of loops back to the beginning for me, that question of why we feel compelled to edit saying yes! Kip: I also love working with a poet on a sub and then loving it . Two YARN stories have won Magazine Merit honors from the SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), and the journal has also won an Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation. Being around other people’s words is really invigorating. Kerri: So true, Diana—that storyline has been a common one from the start. I’m curious: Do any writers ever mention the WNDB movement in a query letter? Also, sometimes the “send more work” is because we’re running some pieces during a season that may deal with a similar theme. I also learn so much from the writers we publish, and from seeing what people are compelled to write about.Kerri Majors, Diana Renn, and Kip Rechea Wilson are all published writers and mothers of young children, in addition to being the lead editors of this award-winning journal. Diana: I also think in YA publishing we are seeing more LBGTQ books coming on the market, and I’m seeing more of those submissions for us, which is great. Kip: Not yet mentioned specifically in poetry, but I do hope it is having an effect, and I hope to see more diverse subs coming! I can only run so many “death of a parent” stories in a given season, for example. Kerri: And there is something I used to say about YARN in the beginning, when there were no other YA lit journals doing all the genres and publishing writers of any age and stature, and even though there are more journals out there now, I think it’s still true: YARN helps rescue short-form literature from the dreaded realm of the textbook and helps young readers and writers see that short fiction, poetry, and essays are happening , among others. in German Literature specializing in the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, and loves reading work by both living and dead poets.We invited them to sit down and discuss some of the secrets to their success. Diana: I have not seen that mentioned in a query letter. Kip: Yes, in poetry, you might get a “so close” because it had something similar to other pieces, and more of a unique twist in some way (language, subject etc.) would have made it a “yes.” Kerri: Knowing this from an editorial perspective actually makes me as a writer feel a lot better about those letters when I get them. Kip: For me, it’s the thrill of discovery, whether in my own writing or in editing someone else’s. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and daughter. Kip Wilson Rechea is the poetry editor at YARN and a writer for children and young adults. Her own work has been published in the anthologies, as well as in several magazines for children.
(Editor’s note: Kerri and Kip had a chance to chat a little bit while their colleague Diana was battling traffic and settling down to work at Panera—it turns out that working on the fly, wherever and whenever they can, is a common occurrence for these busy editors. I would be curious to what extent our submitters—especially our younger ones—are aware of it. I’ve seen them all at this point in my writing career, I think. Now that I send those kinds of letters, I must say, they are sincere. If you get a “send more” letter, we really want to see more. Diana: Or sometimes I think there is something special about the piece but it really needs substantial revision, more than I can realistically take on with that writer. She has a passion for languages, history, and diversity, and is drawn to poetry and gorgeous, lyrical prose.
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For example: Say a writer went on a school trip to Mexico at sixteen, and something interesting happened … Agents and editors use it on Twitter, and the website is So when I see an essay on another topic, I get really excited.
One I’ll be bringing out this summer is about a teen who had to stop doing ballet, which she , because of a strange and unexpected injury. Diana: I love the ballet essay, Kerri—I’m instantly intrigued. We went through a few rounds of revision because I really believed in it, and the writer worked very hard to make it great.
Once everyone got settled, they turned to the business of this candid Friday afternoon chat on the challenges and joys of juggling their careers and families, as well as what trends they see in YA, and tips on how to get published.) On Juggling Editing and Writing… I do know that WNDB has made me more aware as an editor of striving for a balance in authors and subject matter. Diana: I really love saying “yes” when it’s a writer’s first published piece! Diana: I think the worst kind of rejection letter to get—and to give—is for the piece that came close. And often I loved parts of what a writer submitted and would honestly love to see more work, and I do say so in those cases. When I crafted YARN’s “standard rejection,” I tried to acknowledge that as a writer, I totally understand how much it stinks to be getting that letter. If I think the piece needs more than two serious rounds of revision, I am very hesitant to take it on. She lives in Boston with her family and on the web at