Writing for Publication: Before the Sale:
- What are Endorsements and Do They Belong in Queries? via Sub It Club: The do’s and don’ts of adding an endorsement to your query letter.
- How much of my story should I give away in a query letter? via Ask the Agent: Agent Jennifer Laughran answers your most pressing query letter questions.
- Sending Multiple Projects to Multiple Agents via Kidlit: Freelance Editor and former agent Mary Kole answers questions on querying multiple projects.
- Why I Pass After Only A Query Letter via Babbles from Scott Eagan: Scott explains reasons why he rejects a project based on the query alone.
- Ditch the Pitch via Books & Such Literary Management: Wendy Lawton provides tips on how to get an agent without the dreaded conference pitch.
- PubCrawl Podcast: Publishing 101 REDUX – Querying & Representation via Pub(lishing) Crawl: A podcast on all things agents and submissions.
- PubCrawl Podcast: Publishing 101 REDUX – Being on Submission via Pub(lishing) Crawl: Part two of the podcast series.
- Tackling the Dreaded Synopsis - Part One via Operation Awesome: Increasingly, authors must write a synopsis of their novel; this post provides insight on how to get started.
- 7 Things Authors Must Do Differently in 2017 via Writers in the Storm: Advice on how authors can set themselves up for successful book marketing.
- 4 Steps to Create a Blog or Podcast That You and Your Readers Will Love via Digital Book World: Blogging and podcast tips to build a following.
- 7 Top Book Marketing Tips via Digital Book World: Exciting takeaways from the DBW conference.
- How to Pick Categories for your Amazon Book via Karen Woodward: The importance of categories and keywords when listing your book on Amazon.
- Promotion on a Shoestring Budget: 5 Tips for Publicizing Your Book via Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents: Tips for self-promotion.
- Interview with Jeff Zentner, Morris Finalist! via Becky Albertalli Tumblr: Author Becky Albertalli interviews The Serpent King author, Jeff Zentner.
- 2017 Morris Award Finalists: An Interview with Sonia Patel via YALSA: Interview with 2017 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist, Sonia Patel, on her novel, Rani Patel in Full Effect.
- 2017 Morris Award Finalists: An Interview with Jeff Zentner via YALSA: Interview with 2017 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist, Jeff Zentner, on his novel, The Serpent King.
- An Interview With 2017 Morris Award Finalist, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock via YALSA: Interview with 2017 William C. Morris Award Finalist, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, on her novel, The Smell Of Other People’s Houses.
- History Is All You Left Me Author Adam Silvera Talks Second Books and More with Nicola Yoon via B&N Teen Blog: YA authors Nicola Yoon and Adam Silvera chat about each other’s books.
- These Young Adult Novels Come With Back Stories: The Authors’ Own via New York Times Books: Interview with authors Allison Glock and T Cooper.
- With #MuslimShelfSpace, Muslim Authors Get the Spotlight via NBCNews: Interview with author Sajidah K. Ali on #ownvoices.
- BREEANA SHIELDS INTERVIEW AND POISON’S KISS GIVEAWAY via Literary Rambles: Debut author Breeana Shields discusses her novel, Poison’s Kiss.
- April Daniels Tackles Trans Teen Trouble in Superheroine Story Dreadnought via The B&N Teen Blog: April Daniels discusses her debut novel, Dreadnought, book one in the Nemesis series.
- Cassandra Clare Shares the Troubles and Triumphs of Seeing the Shadowhunters World Onscreen via The B&N Teen Blog: Cassandra Clare discusses how The Mortal Instruments became a movie, then a TV show.
- Q & A with Marissa Meyer via Publishers Weekly: The Lunar Chronicles author discusses her new graphic novel, Wires and Nerve.
- Ellen Hopkins, author of THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN, on honesty being the key via Adventures in YA Publishing.
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- #MSWL for 2017 from the #BookEnds team! via BookEnds Literary Blog: See what BookEnds Agents are looking for in 2017!
- Greatest Hits: Becoming a Career Author via WriteOnCon: Agent Catherine Drayton provides tips on becoming a career author.
- Curtis Brown Creative talks to… children's and YA agent Stephanie Thwaites via Curtis Brown Creatives: Youtube video interview.
- What to Do (And Not Do) After Attending a Writer’s Conference via Writers Digest: Agent Irene Goodman provides a list of rules to follow post-conference.
- NLA Welcomes Danielle Burby and NLA Welcomes Joanna MacKenzie via Nelson Literary Agency: Two new agents at Nelson!
- Announcing Pitch Madness 2017…Candyland Edition! via Brenda Drake: The submission window opens February 24th.
- The Athena Contest for Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction via YARWA: Contest for YA and NA published authors.
- Upcoming Contest--Mark Your Calendars! via Adventure in YA Publishing: Our Red Light/Green Light contest kicks off on March 9th!
- Cicada Magazine Call for Submissions via Cricket Media: Cicada, a YA lit/comics magazine is looking for your short form YA fiction, poetry, comics, and essays.
- How to Choose a Book Idea: Using the Hedgehog Concept via The Creative Penn: A guest post by Jeff Elkins discusses how to know if your book idea is worth pursuing.
- Real Life Diagnostics: Are the Stakes Clear in This Opening? Via Fiction University: Janice Hardy reviews a YA contemporary novel opening and provides her thoughts.
- How To Research Your Novel … And When To Stop via The Creative Penn: Ways to research, organizing data, and when to start writing.
- Publishers Don’t Want Good Books via John M. Cusick: The difference between a good book and a great one.
- Is Your Novel “Good Enough”? via Writers in the Storm: Author Kathryn Craft talks about putting your novel feedback to work.
- How to Keep Readers Happy When Your Character’s Unlikeable via Writer Unboxed: Author Holly Brown discusses likeability and character.
- The Single Largest Problem of Most First Time Novels via Kristen Lamb: A breakdown of issues writers face when writing their first manuscript.
- Greatest Hits: Differences Between YA and MG (For The Writer Who Does Both) via WriteOnCon: Author Claire Legrand provides a list of differences between YA and MG writing.
- Story Genius on Backstory via Writers in the Storm: Surprising truths about backstory.
- 128 V̶e̶r̶y̶ ̶G̶o̶o̶d̶ Excellent Alternatives to the Word “Very” via Writer’s Digest: An infographic guide to replacing the word “very” in your writing.
- The Basics of Show Don’t Tell via Pub(lishing) Crawl: Examples on how to show in your writing, not tell.
- Guest Post: K.L. Going–Is Your Novel Opening As Strong As It Can Be? via Highlights Foundation: Tips to make your novel beginning a compelling read.
- Giving Up and Giving In via Writer Unboxed: When to give up and when not to.
- Stuck on a Writing Goal? Use the Past to See the Way Forward via Writer Unboxed: Looking at what you’ve accomplished in the past to help set goals for the future.
- How Busy Full-Time Working Writers can Find Time to Write via Fiction University: Guest blogger Drae Box gives advice on finding time to write.
- Behind the Book: Tricks and the Value of “Difficult” YA via RivetedLit: Guest author Ellen Hopkins discusses her new book, Tricks, and how difficult YA brings light and hope to readers.
- These Lyrical Lines Will Make Your Heart Sing via Epic Reads: Words to make your heart sing.
- The Power of Mindset via Sub It Club: Changing your perfectionist mindset.
- Accomplish Your 2017 Writing Goals With this Perfect Solution! via WOW! Women on Writing: Tips for accomplishing your goals.
- Never Tell Me the Odds—Getting Your Head Right for Success via Kristen Lamb: How to set yourself up for success by controlling what goes on in your head.
- Rules for a Successful Writing Life from Maya Angelou via Writers in the Storm: Quotes from Maya Angelou and how they feed the writer’s soul.
- Enjoy The Small Victories via Babbles from Scott Eagan: Writing is a long journey, which is why we must celebrate whenever possible.
- Balancing Your Writing Life via Kidlit: Finding time to do everything in life, plus write.
- How to Keep a Productive Writing Routine During These Dark Times via Adventures in YA Publishing: Guest author Lance Rubin provides tips on how to create amidst turmoil.
Publishing News & Trends:
- Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian To Become Film via YA Interrobang: The beloved novel by Alexi Sherman will get the big screen treatment.
- Netflix options THE KISSING BOOTH film via YA Interrobang: Beth Reekles’ The Kissing Booth will be adapted into a feature film.
- GLA News via Writer’s Digest: The Guide to Literary Agents section of Writer’s Digest will continue with a new editor.
- What new YA covers hit the web this week? (January 23) via YA Interrobang: A round-up of cover reveals!
- THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR movie rights optioned by MGM, Warner Bros via YA Interrobang: Nicola Yoon’s novel may see the big screen in the future.
- 'New York Times' Cuts a Range of Bestseller Lists via Publisher’s Weekly: The New York Times is revamping its coverage of publishing, starting with its bestseller lists.
- Netflix Just Released A Teaser Trailer For Its Adaptation Of "13 Reasons Why" via BuzzFeed Books
- This Week In YA News: Riverdale, King’s Cage, And More! via Epic Reads: A rundown of YA news, including what’s on TV, in the movies, and on the shelves.
- Procrastination Pro-Tips: YA Book Awards, THE 100 Pop! Figures, A Bookstore/Hotel/Bar, And More! via Forever Young Adult: A wrap-up of YA news over the week.
New YA E-Book Deals:
New YA Book Giveaways:
YA Book Awards and Congratulations:
- The 2017 SCBWI Spark Award Winners via The Official SCBWI Blog: Congrats to all the winners!
- The 2016 Book Shimmy Awards Winners! via Epic Reads: Epic Reads releases its *Book Shimmy* Awards, an annual community-based award show dedicated to honoring young adult novels.
- SCORPION RULES wins Monica Hughes Award via YA Interrobang: Erin Bow’s The Scorpion Rules won the 2016 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Congratulations, Erin!
- NYT Bestseller’s List – YA Hardcover via NYT Books: Congratulations to A.G. Howard for topping the YA Hardcover NYT Bestseller’s List with the novel, Roseblood! Susan Dennard took the second spot with Windwitch!
- Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller List – Children’s Frontlist Fiction via Publisher’s Weekly: More congratulations to Susan Dennard for joining the PW list!
- 2017 Youth Media Award Winners via I Love Libraries: The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Michael L. Printz Award. Congratulations to the winners!
- Four Debuts on the NYT Children’s Best Sellers Lists via NYT Books: Congratulations to all the YA authors!
YA New Book Deals and Releases:
Just for Fun:
If I missed anything, please leave a comment!
- Emily Suvada’s YA Debut, This Mortal Coil, was sold to Sarah McCabe of Simon Pulse via Publisher’s Weekly: Congratulations, Emily!
- What authors received YA book deals in December? via YA Interrobang: All YA book deals made in December 2017.
- What new YA books release this week? (January 24) via YA Interrobang: A breakdown of YA books released during the week of January 24.
- Your 2017 YA Pre-Order Guide via The B&N Teen Blog: An exciting list of all the YA books you’ll want to pre-order for the first half of 2017.
- New and Upcoming Book Releases – January 2017 via Reading Books Like a Boss: A comprehensive list and synopsis of all YA (and adult) fiction released this month.
Just for Fun:
- John Green gets very helpful about common mispronunciations viaThe Official SCBWI Blog:
- Get An Inside Look At Veronica Roth’s Writing Space via Epic Reads: Take a peek into where the writing magic happens!
- EVERYTHING EVERYTHING movie release date moves to May via YA Interrobang: Nicola Yoon’s YA novel hits the big screen in May!
- 5 Bookish Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Room via The B&N Teen Blog: Suggestions for book nerd style!
- Dive In To This Sea Of Bookstagrams via Epic Reads: Fall in love with books through these Instagram accounts.
- 3 On A YA Theme: Spy Stories via Book Riot: Look no further for YA spy story recommendations.
- 6 YA Novels Perfect for Fans of Jane Austen via The B&N Teen Blog: Austen-inspired novels across YA genres.
If I missed anything, please leave a comment!