Category Archives: Features

July 06

Here’s Why I Read All Of YOUR One-Star Reviews

I have a confession to make: I read your one-star reviews. And by “your,” I mean, probably, basically all of you fellow YA authors. It’s not because I delight in your pain, I promise you — but because it puts things in perspective. Lemme back up a second. So here’s the thing — my debut […]

March 02

I Hate Rants About YA Cliches — Also Here’s A Rant About YA Cliches

I don’t know about you all, but I kind of hate it when people tell me what to do. Crossing guards, flight attendants, the police — it’s like, get off my back, society. I get really pissed, however, when people write those lists of cliches you’re supposed to avoid when writing YA. Because, you know, […]

January 15


Loudwire recently polled their followers about which rock album was their most anticipated of January of the new year. See the list of new or upcoming albums here. I 100% agree with the results of the poll. I cannot wait to hear the full F.E.A.R. album by Papa Roach. What I love about Papa Roach is […]

January 05

An Interactive New York Travel Guide — With Book And Music Pairings

When you live in a city, each day is basically a bombardment of stimuli. There’s the rattle of the old, decrepit subway cars, the alternating odors of street meat and… other things one finds on the street, the tourists’ soft stomaches as they glance off your elbows as you barrel toward work. The curses of […]

December 22

Our Favorite Songs of 2014

What an amazing year for music! And to celebrate the year that was, all of the contributors at A.T.W.N. picked a few favorite tracks to share with you. And by a few, I mean over 2hrs worth! Happy Listening!   Thanks for all your support this year, and we will see you in 2015!  

November 10

My Top Five Guitar Riffs

I love me some head banging, horn throwing, frenetic rock ‘n’ roll. The biggest reason I prefer the hard rock genre is because of the shredding of guitars. A few of these picks are classic, a few current. But all are killer. Listen up, turn it up, and check ‘em out. 5. “Sweet Child O’ […]

September 04

Why I Decided To Go Punk And Self-Publish My Debut Novel

I’m jealous of my friends in bands — for a farther-reaching reason than because they’re better at karaoke than me. It’s because they always seem like they’re doing something. They’re releasing singles! They’re dropping music videos! They’re playing shows! They’re having myriad nervous breakdowns via my GChat window. (All y’all are probably thinking that last […]

August 05

Summer Mix

I’m about 2/3 of the way through my summer.  Being a teacher, I have a very clear definition of what my summer actually looks like and my summer is coming to a close.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not whining.  I’m very aware that I still have about twenty days left of unabashed work-free living (although, […]

June 16

How Querying Is Like Dating — And How To Deal

When I first started querying agents about my YA novel, my very good friend — and crit partner — Stephanie Feuer told me, “Get ready. This is gonna be worse than dating.” At the time, I didn’t believe her (I’m a 20something single woman who lives in Brooklyn… Can anything be more challenging than that?). […]

May 01

Voices We Wanna Kiss: How Romantic Leads Are Like Music

“But… How do you love someone like a love song?” my brother-in-law asked, exceedingly perplexed by the lyrical content of a jam by one Selena Gomez (titled “Love You Like A Love Song”). “She loves this dude like… a thing that talks about love? What does that mean?” he wailed, slapping his hand against the steering wheel […]

April 26

What Your Favorite Song Can Teach You about Editing

I’m not only a music lover and a writer, I’m also an editor. And I’ve been doing a ton of it lately. As I work, I listen to music, of course, because if I’m awake, generally there’s a soundtrack. And I’ve noticed something happening in all the manuscripts. All of them. Yes. Really. Extra words. […]

March 17

6 Bands Share YA Books That Shaped Them

Every band probably has that one act — that one rabblement of dudes and chicks with guitars and whatnot — that changed them. That made them want to do to what they do (or struggle to do between beige-y desk jobs and gigs slinging drinks and lattes). Nothing is born in a vacuum, after all. […]

February 27

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Guitar Recitals

Back in December, I got to watch my son have his first guitar recital. He’s 7 years old, and though we bought the smallest guitar we could find, it was still a couple of sizes too big for him.  But he worked hard on it, practicing every night, without fully knowing what a recital would entail. […]

February 13


I’m a huge Veronica Mars fan. The hugest! I mean, the biggest fan, not the hugest…that would be weird. Anyway, I love that show. I’ve watched it way too many times and did so again recently. There’s a moment at their Prom when Veronica and Logan are talking about epic love. He describes epic love […]

January 27

Top 5 Songs of Jennifer Nielsen’s “The Ascendance Trilogy” – ARC Giveaway (over)

We’re excited to welcome author Jennifer A. Nielsen back to All The Write Notes. Jennifer’s here to exclusively share the Top 5 Songs of “The Ascendance Trilogy”, and we have an ARC of “The Shadow Throne”, the final instalment in this amazing series, to giveaway. Enjoy, and Good Luck! Story playlists are important to a lot […]

January 08

Guilty Pleasures

Hi Friends. Angi Nicole here. Today I want to talk about something I’m going to do in 2014. I know, I know. Me and everyone else on the internet, but before you switch off, give me a minute. This blog is all about words. Sure, words in music and book form, but at its basest […]

December 26


2013 was a fabulous year for books and as you can see, picking just one favorite wasn’t possible for some of us. Now don’t be mad, but we’ve made it really easy for you to add any of them to your bookshelf. Simply click on each book cover and it’s Goodreads page will pop open […]

December 26


2013 was a fantastic year for music and as you’ll see, picking our favorites wasn’t easy. Some couldn’t narrow it down under eleven, while others couldn’t decide on picking one. Now if you happen to find a track in one of the video playlists you really like, we made it easy for you to buy […]

December 18


Dear A.T.W.N. followers… With the Holidays right around the corner, we thought we would help get you in the spirit of things by sharing a playlist of our favorite Holiday tunes. Here’s a mix of 20 essential Holiday Songs, as chosen by all 14 of us at A.T.W.N., which includes Noel Gallagher, Dave Matthews, Run […]

November 28

Spring And Fall (To The Readers Of ATWN)

My favorite poem begins like this: Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving? It’s a poem entitled “Spring And Fall (To A Young Child)” by Gerard Manly Hopkins, and it describes a feeling that most of us experience during these times–the mortality of everything. As fall ends, and the winter months begin, we are keenly aware of […]