In your YA Sunday Morning News this week, I have a ton of YA book to movie updates, and some truly great articles on writing craft.
Writing for Publication—Before the Sale:
- What is it like to be an author? via Go Teen Writers: A great round-up of all the things published authors must balance as their career begins.
- What an Editor at a Publishing House Looks For: 6 Myths & Truths via Writer Unboxed: Insight from an editor on what really happens behind the scenes at a publishing house.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- Generate More Book Sales With a Keyword-Powered Blurb via Digital Book World: Draw more online shoppers with a keyword-filled blurb.
- When is the Best Time to Start an Author Platform? via Kristen Lamb: The answer to the platform question most writers want to know.
- The Personalities of Social Media via Writers in the Storm: The various social media platforms and how to use them.
- The Ultimate Guide to Instagram Analytics: Metrics, Insights, Tools, and Tips via Social: If you’re using Instagram for your platform, read this guide to understanding analytics.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Nicole Castroman (Blacksouls), Plus Giveaway!! via YA Books Central: Interview with Author of the Week, Nicole Castroman, author of Blackhearts.
- All’s Fair in Love and War: Q&A with Laurie Devore on HOW TO BREAK A BOY via YA Interrobang: Interview with YA author Laurie Devore.
- Rebecca Serle talks with us about TV series based on ‘Famous in Love’ via Happily Ever After: HEA chats with Rebecca Serle about Famous in Love, the TV series adaptation of her contemporary romance.
- This Muslim Author Is Tired Of Your Islamaphobic Bullsh*t via Epic Reads: In this #RealTalk blog post, Sheba Karim discusses why she wrote her YA novel, That Thing We Call A Heart.
- 12 Authors Discuss Life with Anxiety, First Loves, and More in April’s YA Open Mic via The B&N Teen Blog: YA Open Mic is a monthly series in which YA authors share personal stories on topics of their choice.
- Author Chat with Joanne O'Sullivan, Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: Interview with Joanne O'Sullivan, author of Between Two Skies.
- Enter the Bard: Rin Chupeco talks THE BONE WITCH via YA Interrobang: Rin Chupeco discusses writing a villainous protagonist.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- WoW Wednesday: Cyndy Etler on Karma and how to keep trying
- Ann Brashares, author of THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER, on building a book in layers
- Hanna Nowinski, author of MEG & LINUS, on the first draft not being meant to be pretty
- Kelley Armstrong, author of MISSING, on refusing her editor's suggestion
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- New Literary Agent Alert: Joanna MacKenzie of the Nelson Literary Agency via Writer’s Digest: See what agent Joanna MacKenzie is seeking in YA.
- AGENT SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH TRACY MARCHINI and QUERY CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY via Literary Rambles: Interview with Tracy Marchini of BookEnds Literary Agency.
- FIRST FIVE FRENZY with Amy Elizabeth Bishop of Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret via Chasingthecrazies: Five questions for literary agent Amy Elizabeth Bishop.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- Query Kombat 2017 Announcement via Michelle4Laughs: The official Query Kombat announcement with details, dates, and how to enter.
- Creating a Dynamic Character for your Novel or Short Story via Reedsy: This comprehensive character blueprint provides insight into how to write dynamic characters…and includes a super fun infographic!
- Stuck on a Scene? Try This Trick via Fiction University: When your novel is stalled and you don’t know why, try these tricks.
- What Makes a Great Twist? via Book Riot: Four parts to making your book twisty and turny.
- Creating the Perfect Villian-Author Toolbox via ML Keller: Avoid a dull villain with these tips.
- Writing 101: Can You Feel a Draft? via Adventures in YA Publishing: The first in a series of posts, Laura Weymouth digs into first drafts and plotting vs. pantsing.
- 5 Tips for Surviving Criticism of Your Writing via The Write Practice: Survival tips for when you receive feedback on your writing.
- The 7 Differences Between Professionals and Amateurs via Medium: Jeff Goins shares what makes a professional writer over an amateur.
- Rejection … the Writer’s Reality via Sub It Club: Tips to survive rejection, as well as an invitation to play Rejection Bingo.
- Jason Reynolds: From Kid Poet to Award-Winning Author via Publishers Weekly: Quotes and takeaways from Jason Reynolds’ keynote speech at the Children’s Institute meeting earlier this month.
- 7 Things To Do When You Want to Give Up (Instead of Giving Up) via Writer’s Digest: Don’t give up before you try these seven tips.
Publishing News & Trends:
- A 'Buffy' YA Book Series Is Coming Soon To Fill The Slayer-Shaped Hole In Your Life via Bustle: The latest news on the book series, titled, Slayer.
- Read An Excerpt From The "Mean Girls" YA Novel via Cosmopolitan: Details on the Mean Girls movie to book adaptation.
- YouTube Star Kian Lawley & Anne Winters To Topline ‘Zac And Mia’ YA Series On Go90 via Deadline: The latest casting for the Zac and Mia series, based on the novel by A.J. Betts.
- Dermot Mulroney, Richard Harmon Join Bella Thorne in 'Break My Heart 1,000 Times' via The Hollywood Reporter: Details on an adaptation of Daniel Waters' supernatural YA thriller.
- FOX 2000 ACQUIRES WEST AFRICAN FANTASY NOVEL ‘CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE’ IN BLOCKBUSTER DEAL via Shadow and Act: Fox 2000 has acquired Tomi Adeyemi’s yet to be published debut YA novel, which is the first in what will be a trilogy.
- What new YA covers hit the web this week? (April 18) via YA Interrobang: The latest YA covers to swoon over.
- What new YA covers hit the web in March 2017? via YA Interrobang: ICYMI, all the March 2017 cover reveals.
- Meet Cute YA anthology features Nicola Yoon, Sara Shepard, and more via Entertainment Weekly: See the cover and read an excerpt from the forthcoming collection.
- Procrastination Pro-Tips: SLOPPY FIRSTS On Stage, Harry Potter Christmas, Unicorn Fraps And More! via Forever Young Adult: A round-up of YA things across the Internet.
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 New Book Deals and Releases:
- New Releases this week 04/17-04/23 plus Giveaway of MISSING via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our weekly look at new releases.
- What's New in YA ~ April 18th, 2017 via YA Books Central: More featured YA releases hitting bookshelves.
- 20 Awesome Products For Pun Lovers via Book Riot: If you love a good pun, these products are for you.
- These YA Authors Are Ready To LOL About Their Worst Book Reviews via Epic Reads: Your favorite YA authors are about to get real about the weirdest and worst stuff ever said about their writing.