Tuesday, August 25, 2015

47 Four MILLION Page Views at Adventures in YA Publishing Giveaway

It's snuck up on us. Four million. That's a heck of a number, right? It seems like just yesterday when Marissa Graff and I heard an agent say that writers had to blog and said to each other, "What do we blog about?"

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.


Your Turn

Please tell us what features you love best at Adventures and how long you've been coming to this blog! Leave a comment below!

Giveaway Time

Happy reading and writing, everyone! Thank YOU for supporting AYAP all these years!

Hugs and more hugs,

Martina

47 comments:

  1. I love your reviews and all the contests you host!

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    1. So happy to hear that! : ) Thank you!!

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  2. I've been coming for at least a year; I like to get a sense of what's new.

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    1. That's great whether you're a writer or a reader--it's one of my favorite features too! :)

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  3. I came here looking for solace when I realised I'd been bitten by the YA bug. I love getting updates in my inbox every day, hearing about agents and authors, and of course the contests. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful resource!

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad that you find it helpful -- and I love the way you phrase that about the YA bug. It's pretty much exactly the way it is, isn't it? : )

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  4. I'm still honored and amazed that you asked me to be a part of this blog. It's been so much fun, and I've learned a ton from interviewing so many AMAZING YA authors.

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    1. You're now a cornerstone here, Jocelyn! I can't even imagine what we would do without you! Thank you for being brilliant, and kind, and rock steady, and doing such a great job getting the authors wrangled!

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  5. I have been reading your blog for two or three years. I love to read the round up of new books and I really like the author guest posts. Thanks, everyone, for all the work you do here. (insert Applause here)

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    1. Sending you hugs, Rosi! Thanks so much for that!

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  6. Congratulations! I enjoy the author guest posts. Pretty much always learn something from your blog.

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    1. So happy to hear that! Thank you, Carol! (I feel the same way about your blog!)

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  7. I've been with you for about a year--time escapes me now--and I love the information about new releases as well as the interviews.

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    1. That's great! Thanks for sticking with us, Danielle!

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  8. Congratulations on all of your successes! Good for you! I found your page this summer, and I check back every day.

    -Rosie
    @rkgutmann
    literaryhedonist.com

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    1. That's great to hear, Rosie! Hope you'll continue checking!

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  9. I love the reviews and the new release notices-it puts books on my radar that would never make it to my local BAM store. I look forward to finding email notices from AYP in my inbox!

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    1. THAT's fantastic! That's exactly what we're hoping for with the new releases. Discoverability is so hard for all but the biggest books, and there are so many great books released each week. We love being able to showcase the ones that a lot of other blogs overlook.

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  10. like the new releases; for a while

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    1. I'm pretty sure it's been years : ) Thanks for sticking with us!

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  11. A hearty and warm round of applause for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of this blog! Congrats, congrats!!!

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    1. If anyone knows about that hard work, it's you, Carol! Thanks so much for being such a great friend and support all these years!

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  12. Nicole WetheringtonAugust 26, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    I love the giveaways!!!!

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  13. I am brand new here. I love that you have the scrolling giveaways at the top left. Makes it easier to find and pick giveaways to enter. thank you for the chance!

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    1. Oh, good! We've been hoping that makes it easier to see everything! : )

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  14. What a wonderful site and the giveaways are such a great incentive to read!

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    1. Welcome! We hope you'll hang around with us for a long, long time!

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  15. Thanks for all you do for the writing community! I always smile when I see an AYAP update email in my inbox :) Thank you for the giveaways!

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  16. Your blog is what polished my story and got it published! I'm having so much fun presenting and creating a series. Book 2 is in my publishers hands!
    Thanks to everyone that mentors first five pages!

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    1. Oh, Sheri! I'm so, so thrilled to hear that!!! We'd love to feature you as a success story! Please email us! XOXO and HUGE congrats!

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  17. I have been following this blog for almost a year. I really just love to read about everything they do on this website. Especially the new books!

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    1. That's great, Leah! Thank you and I'm glad you love the new releases. We do too!

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  18. I came here first for the giveaways, but I like seeing behind the scenes ie the writing advice and the stories of the difficulties of a beginning writer.

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    1. That's great! I felt the same way about the behind-the-scenes stuff. We focus so much on getting published that we forget that there's a whole world to navigate after you're published

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  19. I love everything from the giveaways to the advice on writing. I have been following this website and visiting regularly for several months now.

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    1. That's great Sam! Hope you'll keep coming back!

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  20. I love all of the helpful writing tips on the page! And I just started reading it recently

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  21. Wow congratulations on this milestone! ;) I've been reading this blog for almost a year now, I like to be updated on everything YA and because of you my TBR is ever growing! ;)

    Carolina M on rafflecopter

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    1. Thanks! Glad to hear that and it's FANTASTIC to hear we're adding to your TBR!

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  22. This book sounds really good. Thanks for bringing it to my attention and providing the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

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  25. The workshops and the author interviews are my favorite!

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  26. Congrats! I think I've been following you for almost 2 years. I love all the contests especially the new releases post! :)

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