Writing for Publication—Before the Sale:
- What to ask an agent after you get an offer via Janet Reid, Literary Agent: Questions to ask when deciding between agents.
- Eight reasons that even a good book is rejected by publishers via Scroll.in: A literary agent lays out the factors that go into the acceptance – or rejection – of a manuscript.
- The key to a good query letter: Summarizing through specificity via Nathan Bransford, Author: Tips (with examples) on how to update the generalities in your query with specifics.
- 10 Ways to Make Your Submission Stand Out in the Slush Pile via Writer’s Digest: Literary agent intern Meg LaTorre-Snyder shares her tips for your query letter.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- Why the Standard Author Platform Doesn’t Work via Operation Awesome: Using customization to make an author platform that’s yours.
- How to Customize Your Facebook News Feed to Maximize Your Productivity via Social: Not exactly a book marketing article, but we could all use help being more productive!
- Innovations In Book Marketing: Bill Konigsberg's Free Short Story That Bridges His Novel and Its Sequel via The Official SCBWI Blog: Bill Konigsberg discusses the short story that connects his two novels.
- Q&A Round-Up With Emma Chastain via Riveted: Chat with debut author of Confessions of a High School Disaster.
- Author Chat with Claire LaZebnik (Things I Should Have Known), Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: Interview with Claire LaZebnik, author of Things I Should Have Known.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Beth Rodgers (Sweet Fifteen), Plus Giveaway!! via YA Books Central: Interview with YA Author of the Week, Beth Rodgers.
- An Interview with Laini Taylor, Author of Strange the Dreamer via The B&N Teen Blog: Interview with Daughter of Smoke and Bone author on her new duology.
- Actor, Director And Writer Andrew McCarthy Takes On Young Adult Fiction via NPR: Andrew McCarthy discusses his new young adult novel, Just Fly Away.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- Ira Bloom, author of HEARTS & OTHER BODY PARTS, on cutting off a limb: We talk with Ira Bloom about his debut novel, Hearts & Other Body Parts.
- Elizabeth Eulberg, author of JUST ANOTHER GIRL, on only putting our best selves forward: We connect with Elizabeth Eulberg to hear more about her latest novel, Just Another Girl.
- Bill Konigsberg, author of HONESTLY BEN, on writing in a bank vault: Bill Konigsberg shares more about his latest novel Honestly Ben, a companion to Openly Straight.
- Rosalyn Eves, author of BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, on blending fantasy and folklore: We sit down with Rosalyn Eves to learn more about her debut novel, Blood Rose Rebellion.
- Donna Cooner, author of WORTHY, on facing public scrutiny: We sit down with Donna Cooner to discuss her latest novel, Worthy.
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- New Literary Agent Alert: Kortney Price of Holloway Literary via Writer’s Digest: See what type of YA Kortney Price is seeking.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- #KidPit via Heidi Norrod: The next scheduled #KidPit is April 5 to pitch your completed MG and/or YA novel.
- Writing Contests: How to Write to Win via Fiction University: Great tips on how to evaluate writing contests and enter your best work.
- April 2017 Contest Roundup via Sub It Club: Contests for writers that open in the upcoming months.
- How to balance writing to market and writing what you want via Nathan Bransford, Author: Is it really possible to write what you want without thinking about the market?
- How to Edit Your Story Like a New York Publisher via The Write Practice: Advice for editing your story.
- Worlds Within Worlds: A Structural World-Building Exercise via National Novel Writing Month: An exercise to develop your fictional world-building skills.
- How to Craft the Perfect Antihero via Writer’s Digest: A post on making your protagonist likeable, yet flawed.
- How Free Writing Helps You Find Your True Creative Voice via The Write Practice: Finding your true voice through daily free writing.
- How to Become a Successful Writer and Work Full-Time at a Day Job via The Creative Penn: How author Ron Vitale moved into full-time writing.
- Finding the Right Writing Inspiration for Your Life via Writer’s Digest: Author Jennifer Probst shares the places she goes for writing inspiration.
- When You Don't Want To Write via WOW! Women on Writing: What to do when you don’t want to write.
- The Bulletproof Writer: How To Deal With Rejection via The Creative Penn: Tips from Michael Alvear on how to handle rejection in a more positive way.
- Preparing Your Mind for Writing: How to Make the Shift via Writer’s Digest: How to get into the right mindset to put words on the page.
- On Nurturing Creativity and Preserving Writing Time by Ira Bloom, author of Hearts & Other Body Parts via Adventures in YA Publishing: Author Ira Bloom shares a writer’s pep talk.
Publishing News & Trends:
- YA IS MORE THAN JUST A GENRE, IT’S A RESOURCE via MTV: MTV News speaks with authors Jennifer Niven and Nicola Yoon about the responsibility of being a YA author in a world that mirrors the dystopian ones they write about.
- NEW Buffy the Vampire Slayer Book Series! via Riveted: Simon & Schuster’s teen division, Simon Pulse, will publish a new spinoff series of the cult classic television show.
- Carolyn Mackler Expands on a YA Favorite via Publishers Weekly: The author discusses a sequel to her 2003 novel, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.
- April 2017 YA Book Adaptation Updates via Epic Reads: Movie and TV release dates and more.
New YA Book Giveaways:
- Adventures in YA Publishing Giveaways
- Epic Reads Giveaways
- Goodreads Giveaways
- RivetedLit Giveaways
- YA Books Central Giveaways
YA New Book Deals and Releases:
- What's New In YA ~ March 28th, 2017 via YA Books Central: A focus on new YA book releases.
- What new YA books release this week? (March 28) via YA Interrobang: A weekly feature of YA releases hitting bookshelves.
- New Releases this week 03/27-04/02 plus 4 Giveaways via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our featured list of new YA releases this week!
- What new YA covers hit the web this week? (March 26) via YA Interrobang: A selection of new YA covers for upcoming books.
- What authors received YA book deals in March? Via YA Interrobang: A list of authors who received book deals in March.
Just for Fun:
- The 51 Prettiest Sentences In Young Adult Books via BuzzFeed Books: Writing inspiration from your favorite YA novels.
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