Writing for Publication—Before the Sale:
- Query Critique Tuesday: Character, crispness, clarity via Nathan Bransford, Author: A look at a YA fantasy query letter with critiques.
- Do’s and Don’ts of Querying via BookEnds Literary Agency: Tips from a literary agent.
- U is for Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Query Letters #AtoZChallenge via Operation Awesome: Query letter tips and worksheet to help write yours.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- When to Start Marketing if You’re Unpublished via Go Teen Writers: The short answer: now.
- Optimal Timing, Videos, and More: 10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Instagram Reach via Social: Methods to grow your Instagram followers.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Amy Plum (Dreamfall), Plus Giveaway!! via YA Books Central: Introducing Amy Plum, YABC's Author of the Week.
- Sanctuary in Libraries: A Q&A with Lilliam Rivera on THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ via YA Interrobang: Interview with Lilliam Rivera on her debut novel.
- Between Two Skies (shelftalker) via Publishers Weekly: An interview with YA debut author Joanne O’Sullivan on her novel, Between Two Skies.
- THE OUTSIDERS — and YA Lit — at 50: An Interview With SE Hinton via Book Riot: April 24, 2017 marks the 50th birthday of Hinton’s timeless classic and the 50th birthday of literature for adolescents.
- Q & A with Jenny Han via Publishers Weekly: Interview with Jenny Han about writing and her latest (middle grade) novel, Shug.
- It’s Time To Change The Way We Talk About Queer Lives via Epic Reads: In this Real Talk blog post, author Rory Harrison shares what inspired her to write Looking for Group, and her thoughts on how queer lives are so much more than any one facet of that experience.
- Windfall Author Jennifer E. Smith on What She’d Do If She Won the Lottery via The B&N Teen Blog: Jennifer E. Smith shares ten things she’d do if she won the lottery.
- Jenny Han and Jennifer E. Smith On Contemporary YA, Writing, and Winning the Lotto via School Library Journal: The two contemporary YA authors and friends discuss their writing process, the state of YA romance, and what they would do if they won the lottery.
- Author Chat with Marlene Perez (Forward Into Darkness)! via YA Books Central: YABC chats with Marlene Perez, author of Forward Into Darkness.
- Ep 105: Courtney Summers via First Draft with Sarah Enni: Podcast with Courtney Summers.
- Author Guest Post with Jennifer Gold, Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: Jennifer Gold discusses her two new novels out this year.
- Author Spotlight: Erin Beaty via KidLit411: Interview with YA debut author Erin Beaty.
- Interview with YA Fiction Author Christina June via School Library Journal: Christina June discusses her novel It Started with Goodbye, a modern take on Cinderella.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- WoW: A NEMESIS Character Soundtrack: Brendan Reichs, author of the New York Times bestseller Nemesis, on developing a writing or character soundtrack to spice up your writing process.
- Melanie J. Fishbane, author of MAUD: A NOVEL INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF L.M. MONTGOMERY, on getting into Maud's skin
- Kim Culbertson, author of THE WONDER OF US, on reading expanding our understanding of others
- Rory Harrison, author of LOOKING FOR GROUP, on leaving it all on the floor
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- AGENT SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH LAURA SPIELLER and QUERY CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY via Literary Rambles: Laura Spieller answers questions about agenting and her #MSWL.
- First Five Frenzy with Hannah Fergesen of KT Literary via chasingthecrazies: Five questions on querying and submitting with Hannah Fergesen,
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- Free 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop Opens in 1 Week! via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our May workshop will open for submissions on Saturday, May 6th at noon, EST.
- When Good Characters Behave Despicably (and They Should) via Writer Unboxed: How to pull off unlikeable characters without alienating readers.
- Go Teen Writers LIVE: Episode Three via Go Teen Writers: A live video with the Go Teen Writers team to discuss how to hook readers and create a story that stands out from the crowd.
- Who Hates Ya Baby? Creating Bad Guys Who Aren't the Antagonist via Fiction University: Creating annoying people to hinder your protagonist.
- Writing Exercise #9: The Macro Show via Go Teen Writers: Knowing when it's appropriate to show (most of the time) and when it's perfectly fine to tell.
- Writing 101: Revising (Why You Need to Find Your People) via Adventures in YA Publishing: The second post in a series on writing—this week, Laura discusses successful revising.
- Your Story Has HIT a WALL—What Now? via Kristen Lamb: Tricks to help your story get unstuck.
- Are You Writing Out of Fear or Love? via Writers in the Storm: The fear of not doing enough and how to overcome it.
- Camp Pep: You, the Brave Adventurer via NaNoWriMo Blog: A pep talk to get you writing.
Publishing News & Trends:
- YA Onscreen via Forever Young Adult: Links to the latest YA adaptation news, including casting, show renewals, and more.
- Tahereh Mafi is Writing Three More Books in the SHATTER ME Series! via Book Riot: A new trio of books from Tahereh Mafi.
- This Week In YA News: Shatter Me, Sarah J. Maas, And More! via Epic Reads: A round-up of YA news, including movies, books, and YALLWEST coverage.
New YA E-Book Deals:
New YA Book Giveaways:
- Adventures in YA Publishing Giveaways
- Epic Reads Giveaways
- Goodreads Giveaways
- RivetedLit Giveaways
- YA Books Central Giveaways
YA Book Awards and Congratulations:
- ABA announces 2017 Indies Choice Awards finalists via YA Interrobang: The American Booksellers Association announced five YA titles as nominations for the 2017 Indies Choice Awards.
- DAVID LEVITHAN AWARDED CHICAGO TRIBUNE YOUNG ADULT LITERARY PRIZE via YA Books Central: The Chicago Tribune announced David Levithan as the recipient of its 2017 Young Adult Literary Prize.
YA New Book Deals and Releases:
- New Releases this week 4/24-2/30 plus 3 Giveaways via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our weekly featured releases and giveaways!
- Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these What's New In YA ~ April 25th, 2017 via YA Books Central: Weekly round-up of new YA releases.
- What new YA books release this week? (April 25) via YA Interrobang: A big list of YA books releasing this week.
- Download FREE Coloring Pages for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue via Epic Reads: This book just got a lot more fun with the help of the most adorable coloring pages you will ever see!
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