Writing for Publication—Before the Sale:
- Agent stats on personalization, credentials, comp titles, and more! via Nathan Bransford: Data reveals what agents want as far as title comps and personalization in query letters.
- Writing 101: To Query or Not to Query via Adventures in YA Publishing: In the third installment of our Writing 101 series, Laura discusses traditional publishing versus self-publishing.
- Should You Join A Professional Organization? via Go Teen Writers: The benefits of joining a professional writing organization and if the investment is worth it.
- PubCrawl Podcast: Half Pint Happy Hour #2 via Pub(lishing) Crawl: Podcast about query letter tips, writing craft, and more.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- Social Media for Authors—Beware of Experts via Kristen Lamb: Being an educated consumer in a social media world.
- 5 Tips for Using Swag to Bond With Readers and Increase Book Sales via Digital Book World: Tips to get started on “stuff we all get” (swag) giveaways.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Erin Beaty, Plus Giveaway!! via YA Books Central: Introducing Erin Beaty, YABC's Author of the Week.
- Imperfections and Multitasking: Cecelia Ahern talks PERFECT via YA Interrobang: Cecelia Ahern discusses the final book in her Flawed series.
- Q & A with Renée Ahdieh via Publishers Weekly: An interview with Renée Ahdieh about her forthcoming novel Flame in the Mist (which will be a duology).
- A Dangerous Trip Into The 'Spill Zone:' Questions For Scott Westerfeld via NPR: YA author Scott Westerfeld discusses his new graphic novel, Spill Zone.
- Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Cold Summer (Gwen Cole) via YA Books Central: Interview with debut author Gwen Cole, on her YA novel, Cold Summer.
- Meet Christina June in this Debut Author Spotlight via Operation Awesome: Interview with YA author Christina June.
- Author Chat with Jenny Han, Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: Jenny Han, author of Always and Forever, Lara Jean, discusses her new novel.
- 12 Authors Discuss Lifelong Friendships, Sexuality, and More via The B&N Teen Blog: In this month’s YA Open Mic, 12 authors share their personal stories on friendships and bisexuality.
- Fading Memories: Leslie Hauser talks family and loss via YA Interrobang: Chasing Eveline author Leslie Hauser discusses the influences that helped create her characters.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- Laurie Boyle Crompton, author of LOVE AND VANDALISM, on learning from her "practice novels"
- Kerstin Gier, author of JUST DREAMING, on great ideas not being the most important step
- Laura Silverman, author of GIRL OUT OF WATER, on one ritual that hasn't changed in her writing process
- Stewart Lewis, author of STEALING CANDY, on family not always being blood
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- New Literary Agent Alert: Gabrielle Piraino of DeFiore and Company via Writer’s Digest: A new agent seeking YA manuscripts.
- FIRST FIVE FRENZY with Hillary Jacobson of ICM Partners via chasingthecrazies: Five questions for literary agent Hillary Jacobson.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- May Pass Or Pages Details via Operation Awesome: The May contest is for writers with YA contemporary novels; see the link for full details and dates.
- The Right Contest for You and Your Manuscript via Sub It Club: Deciding what your writing goals are and identifying the best contest to enter.
- The Dos and Don’ts to Dialogue Tags via Lauren Sapala: Ways to misuse dialogue tags and how to correct them.
- Go Teen Writers LIVE Episode Four via Go Teen Writers: Video with the Go Teen Writers team answering questions on character and plot.
- Quick Writing Advice from Twitter via Michelle4Laughs: Michelle expands on her writing advice tweets, including tips on first chapters, foreshadowing, and more.
- Eight Easy Ways for Your Characters to Show Love via Writers in the Storm: Building emotional depth for characters.
- On the Road: An Easy Way to Create Conflict in Your Novel via Romance University: Examples of how characters might disagree to create conflict.
- Want to Be an Author? Finish Something via Nephele Tempest: Sticking to your work in progress instead of stopping to follow a shiny new idea.
- What Being a Writer Has Taught Me So Far…Or How to Become a Circus Performer, by Lori Ann Palma via Eastern Penn Points: I share the writing lessons I’ve learned over the years and how I overcame them.
- 5 NaNo Lessons I’ve Applied to the Rest of My Life via NaNoWriMo Blog: Participant Anna Fagundes Martino shares some of the most important lessons that writing a novel in a month has taught her:
- WoW: Up-and-Comers on their best publishing moments via Adventures in YA Publishing: 13 up-and-coming writers share some of their best experiences.
Publishing News & Trends:
- Becky Albertalli announces LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT via YA Interrobang: Book news from YA author Becky Albertalli.
- What new YA covers hit the web this week? (April 30) via YA Interrobang: Cover reveals for upcoming YA titles.
- YA Onscreen: Can WONDER WOMAN Hit Big At The Box Office? via Forever Young Adult: News on YA movies and TV shows.
- A WRINKLE IN TIME movie bumped forward, will release March 9 via YA Interrobang: You won’t have to wait as long for this book to movie adaptation.
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:
- May 2017 Releases via Pub(lishing) Crawl: A list of book releases by date throughout May.
- New Releases this week 5/01-5/07 plus Giveaway for GIRL OUT OF WATER via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our weekly look at new releases, plus giveaways.
- What authors received YA book deals this month? via YA Interrobang: Book deals for debut and established YA authors.
- What's New in YA ~ May 2nd, 2017 via YA Books Central: YABC’s picks for new releases to watch.
- What new YA books release this week? (May 2) via YA Interrobang: New book releases hitting shelves this week.
Just for Fun:
- Build a Cliché YA Plot and We’ll Reveal a Deep Truth about You via Epic Reads: Take the quiz to embark on a customized, cliché adventure of your own! What will your choices reveal about you?
- May The Force Be With YA: YA Star Wars Novel Round-Up via Book Riot: May 4th is annual Star Wars Day, so I had to include a Star Wars novel round-up!
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