Vicki Renner

Vicki is co-founder and administrator of Freshly Squeezed Reads and has worked in publicity, marketing and communications in publishing and local government. She has completed the first book in her Boudica’s Daughters trilogy, a YA series based on the famed warrior queen. This novel was chosen by Text Publishing to receive Varuna Publishers’ Fellowship award. She is currently working on the second book of the trilogy along with two children’s books and a Middle Grade series.

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C1Blitz Teen Review Panel – hear what they really think
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

For writers of Young Adult (YA) fiction, the most important audience is not publishers or parents, schools or editors – it’s teenagers. If teens get their books, love their characters, and want to read more – a YA author’s work is done.

But how often do you hear directly from the minds and hearts of teens? How hard is it to find out what they like, why they like it, and what they want to read next? The C1Blitz Teen Review Panel will give you the lowdown and help you supercharge your writing.

A group of teenagers will gather at 11am on 22nd February (AEDT) to discuss the early bird entries from the C1Blitz (Chapter One) Competition. They will let fly on what they liked about the first chapters, what they didn’t like, and what they’d like to see changed.

Moderated by the Freshly Squeezed Reads team, the panel will be filmed live, streamed to wherever you are in the world.

Whether your early bird entry is being discussed, you’re planning to enter C1Blitz, or you simply want to hear what readers think, this panel will give you food for thought.

If you’re keen to be an early bird and have your work reviewed live, submit your first chapter of an unpublished YA novel by midnight on 15th February (US PST) / 7pm on 16th February (AEST) / 8am on 16th February (GMT).

To find out more about Freshly Squeezed and the C1Blitz Competition, visit and the C1Blitz page .

C1Blitz is a competition that aims to discover, promote and support emerging writers of high quality YA fiction. The fiction must be intended for young adults aged 13 to 18 years.

Crafting a Killer First Chapter
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Given the modern array of entertainments that vie with books, and the rapidly growing number of authors able to reach their audiences directly through self-publishing and other digital means, it’s probably never been more critical to make your work irresistible from page one.

Explore the art of capturing an audience by gaining a deeper understanding of the critical functions of a first chapter. Gain insight into what professionals seek from your manuscript, as well as common failings, and learn techniques in the art of the hook – from bludgeoning the reader with murder and mayhem, to more subtle and nuanced ways authors create intrigue.

Learn exactly how long you have to snare an agent/editor’s attention.

Taking part in the conversation is publishing lecturer and author, Euan Mitchell, who also has experience as a senior editor, Paul Collins, author of The Jelindel Chronicles and The Quentaris Chronicles, as well as senior editor at Text Publishing, Jane Pearson, who last year edited the non-fiction award winner in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australia). The panel is brought to you in partnership with Freshly Squeezed Reads, a website dedicated to emerging YA fiction, and as an accompaniment to its first chapter contest, #C1Blitz.



Have you crafted your killer first chapter?

Enter C1Blitz – YA writing comp

The YA fiction community is gathering at Freshly Squeezed Reads. Join writers, teen readers and industry in the new online competition, Chapter One Blitz (see the C1Blitz page for details), with winners to be featured in a book of first chapters.

C1Blitz exposes the work of emerging writers to teens and industry professionals, provides valuable feedback on these works, and kickstarts writers to build a profile as they explore their publishing options.