Writing for Publication—Before the Sale:
- Submitting to Literary Agents Who Have Already Rejected Your Work via Kidlit: Former agent Mary Kole shares her thoughts on submitting a revised manuscript to an agent who already rejected your work.
- 5 Tips for Surviving a Writing Workshop via Book Riot: Writing workshops can be tough, but these rules will help you through it.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- Is Your Social Media Helping Your Marketing? via Babbles from Scott Eagan: Using social media to promote your writing instead of your personal interests.
- Amazon Keywords: The Secret to Doubling Your Sales and Pulling in New Readers! via Writers in the Storm: How to use Amazon keywords as part of your marketing strategy.
- Repeat After Me: “Goodreads Is My Friend” via Writer Unboxed: Sonja Yoerg shares how authors can use Goodreads wisely.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Lexa Hillyer (Spindle Fire), Plus Giveaway!! via YA Books Central: Interview with the YA Author of the Week, Lexa Hillyer.
- The Importance Of Time For Selling Books And Building An Author Career With Bryan Cohen via The Creative Penn: Audio interview (with transcript) with YA author Bryan Cohen.
- This YA Author Is Shutting Down Slut-Shaming Trolls Everywhere via Epic Reads: This month on #RealTalk, Carrie Mesrobian sets fire to the unfair stereotypes and the societal constraints placed on teenage girls.
- An Interview with Laini Taylor, Author of Strange the Dreamer via Book Riot: A talk with Laini Taylor about Strange the Dreamer, dreams, fantasy, fairy tales, and how to sustain hope.
- Must-read YA romance: 'Geekerella' by Ashley Poston (plus interview!) via Happily Ever After/USA Today: Interview with YA author Ashley Poston.
- Must-read YA: 'Defy the Stars' by Claudia Gray (and interview!) via Happily Ever After/USA Today: Interview with YA author Claudia Gray.
- Must-read YA romance: 'Letters to the Lost' by Brigid Kemmerer (plus interview!) via Happily Ever After/USA Today: Interview with Brigid Kemmerer.
- Author Chat with Sarah Fine, Plus First Chapter Reveal & Giveaway! via YA Books Central: Interview with YA author Sarah Fine, plus an excerpt from her novel.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- Jonathan Maberry, author of MARS ONE, on having the courage and optimism to step into a better future: Writing advice from Jonathan Maberry.
- WoW: CARAVAL's Stephanie Garber on Writing the book you want to read: We're thrilled to have NYT Bestselling Author Stephanie Garber to talk about the difference between the book you want to write and writing the book you want to read.
- Brigid Kemmerer, author of LETTERS TO THE LOST, on conflicts without a supernatural element: Brigid Kemmerer talks about her latest novel, Letters To The Lost.
- Cyndy Etler, author of the memoir THE DEAD INSIDE, on proving she can do the impossible: We talk with Cyndy Etler about her debut memoir, The Dead Inside.
- Kelley York and Rowan Altwood, authors of OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS, on having something human to explore: We are pleased to be joined by wife-duo Kelley York and Rowan Altwood to learn more about their new novel, Other Breakable Things.
- L.E. Sterling, author of TRUE NORTH, on writing a novel being like knitting a scarf: L.E. Sterling discusses her latest novel, True North.
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- New Literary Agent Alert: Kaitlyn Johnson of Corvisiero Literary Agency via Writer’s Digest: See what Kaitlyn is seeking in YA.
- Agent Looking for Clients – Quressa Robinson via Kathy Temean: Quressa Robinson is an Associate Agent with D4EO Literary agency actively building her client list, including YA authors.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- #DVpit Returns April 2017 via Children’s Book Council: The rules and date for the next #DVpit event.
- 4 Tips for Changing Genres Within Young Adult via Writer’s Digest: YA author Brigid Kemmerer shares her tips for switching from one YA genre to another.
- Stuck on Your Plot? Change Your Story Question via Fiction University: Asking yourself about your story question and if your plot resolves it.
- CampNaNo Writers! Awesome Authors’ Fast Drafting Tips to Get You Through! via Pub(lishing) Crawl: Tips to crank out a first draft in record speed.
- A Quick Five to Get Your Characters-And You!-Through Adversity via Writers in the Storm: Five suggestions for getting your characters through tough times.
- Casting the Spell via Writer Unboxed: Using a compelling narrative voice to draw readers into your story.
- How are Your Writing Goals? via WOW! Women on Writing: Checking up on your writing goals and how to get back on track.
- Be the Happiest Writer in the World via WOW! Women on Writing: Celebrating the small victories in your writing career.
- Do two unpublished books make you a failed author? No, you're a quitter via The Guardian Books: Dealing with rejection to keep writing.
- Christina Farley Guest Post and The Princess and the Page Giveaway and IWSG Post via Literary Rambles: YA and MG author Christina Farley shares her advice on being a versatile writer.
- Reflections on Rejections: How I Learned to Query by Working as a Lit Agency Reader via Writer’s Digest: YA author Shannon M. Parker shares her publishing journey, and provides and inside look at how agents review queries.
- How I Kept Writing After My Muse Died by Kim Savage via Adventures in YA Publishing: YA author Kim Savage shares how grief shaped her writing.
Publishing News & Trends:
- Teen Readers Share the Last Book They Loved: Intrepid Girls, Geek Meccas, and Modern-Day Classics via The B&N Teen Blog: Straight from the mouths of teen readers—find out what books they loved and why.
- What new YA covers hit the web this week? (April 2) via YA Interrobang: New YA cover reveals for this week.
- Bologna 2017: First Impressions as the Fair Gets Underway via Publishers Weekly: News out of day 1 at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
- BookExpo announces Editors’ Buzz line-up for upcoming young adult titles via YA Interrobang: A list of YA novels expected to be breakthrough releases in 2017.
- First Wave of BookCon Panels Announced via Publishers Weekly: BookCon announces the authors on its YA panel this June.
- #Own Voices: SLJ in Conversation About Publishing Diverse Books via School Library Journal: A free webinar on April 18 with publishing industry insiders discussing #own voices and diversity in YA literature.
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:
- Audio Publishers Association announces 2017 Audie Awards finalists via YA Interrobang: The Audio Publishers Association has announced their 2017 Audie Awards finalists, including six young adult novels!
YA New Book Deals and Releases:
- New Releases this week 4/03-4/09 plus 6 Giveaways via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our weekly look at new YA books and six (yes, six!) giveaway opportunities.
- What's New In YA ~ April 4th, 2017 via YA Books Central: A look at new releases this week.
- What new YA books release this week? (April 4) via YA Interrobang: A list of this week’s new YA books.
- 175+ YA Books For Your April – June 2017 TBR List via Book Riot: A mega list of spring YA releases for your TBR pile…if your bookshelf can handle them all.
Just for Fun:
- Prom Infographics: Inspired By This Season's YA Book Covers! via YA Books Central: Wear a dress inspired by your favorite YA book cover.
- Are These Quotes from 90s Boy Band Songs or YA Books? via Epic Reads: You decide: 90s song lyric, or YA book?
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