It's been a long journey since then. This blog has gained some incredible new team members, and we've lost a few who've gone on to attend to other things in their lives. We've seen followers and contest participants become New York Times bestsellers, get six-figure book deals, get quietly satisfying or vindicating book deals, or go on to publish indy with great success. At Adventures, we feel like we get to participate a little bit in each of those victories--because they ARE victories.
This business is both wonderful and daunting. Heartwarming and heartbreaking. I don't know anything that's like it. We pour our souls into a book for months or years, and then, more often than not, we throw all those emotions, characters, and entire worlds in a dark drawer of our hearts and computer hard drives. Actors don't pour years into a play or even a film without getting paid. Musicians very rarely work on the same song for years.
But actors and musicians don't work in isolation. They get guidance, coaching, mentoring, feedback, and support. And that's what we try to do here at Adventures. That's the vision. To bring in all the different aspects of building a long-term successful career writing YA fiction, including:
- Giveaways, covers, and descriptions of all the books that teens are loving as they release -- i.e., market research. : )
- Interviews with the authors of those books about what they love in those books.
- Advice from those authors about their journey to publication and the most valuable advice that they've received in their careers.
- Actionable tips from those authors about specific aspects of what made the difference in moving them from aspiring author to publication.
- Detailed and meaty craft-related writing advice.
- Ask the Pub Pro features where you can get real, detailed information to your specific questions.
- Information and wish-lists from agents and editors about what they're looking for.
- Contests to help tune your ear (and prose) to what's working and exciting to readers and publishing professionals
- The 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop to hone your opening and/or critiquing skills over three drafts with three professional mentors and an agent, including a brand-new pitch feature.
Whew. That's a lot.
And it doesn't happen all by itself.
So would y'all please, PLEASE, give a big hand to the people who work the magic behind the curtain?!
You all (hopefully) already know Lisa Gail Green, Susan Sipal, Erin Cashman, Jocelyn Rish, and Shelly Zevlever, who have expanded the team in the past couple of years. Recently, we've added new members Kristin Sandoval, Sam Taylor, Lindsey Hodder, Sandra Held, and Anisaa Denise. Several of these amazing people do double duty with our sister site, YASeriesInsiders.com, which is a group site run by a combination of authors, bloggers, and readers who celebrate the love of reading through young adult series books and an intersection of different fandoms.
Please stop by our About Us page to learn more about all these amazing people. It's also been sad to say farewell to the people who haven't been able to maintain the time commitment for AYAP with everything else they've got going on.
Running a blog like this is a professional endeavor. It truly is. It's a way to affirm not just our love of young adult books and beautiful writing, but also our respect for the time of the professionals involved and our commitment to the business of publishing. We learn a lot by doing this, and we make great friends and contacts along the way. It's a support system, a joy, and a responsibility.
That said, we have opening for more contributors. If you're interested, please reach out to us at ayaplit (at) gmail dot com.
Please tell us what features you love best at Adventures and how long you've been coming to this blog! Leave a comment below!
Happy reading and writing, everyone! Thank YOU for supporting AYAP all these years!
Hugs and more hugs,
Hugs and more hugs,