Writing for Publication—Before the Sale:
- What to ask on agent reference calls via Janet Reid: If you’ve been offered representation from an agent, be prepared to check references.
- Query critique Tuesday: Streamline to 250-350 words via Nathan Bransford: A query critique with emphasis on reducing word count.
- Writing 101: The Dreaded Query Letter via Adventures in YA Publishing: The latest post in the “Writing 101: From Concept to Query (and Beyond!)” series.
- How to Spot Toxic Feedback: 7 Signs That the Writing Advice You’re Getting May Do More Harm Than Good via Jane Friedman: Considerations when you receive feedback from your critique group.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- Author Platform Building: How to Create a Valuable Email List For Your Book via Writer’s Digest: The steps to setting up an email list and why its valuable to connect with readers.
- How to Launch Your Blog With Your Book in Mind via Writer’s Digest: Writing a blog to pull in potential readers.
- Between Two Lockers With Jenny Han via Forever Young Adult: Q&A with YA author Jenny Han.
- 13 Authors Share Insights from Their Debut Year via The B&N Teen Blog: Authors of 2017 debut novels share their thoughts on the whirlwind of publishing.
- Jennifer Yu on Mental Health, Writing, and Her Debut “Four Weeks, Five People” via School Library Journal: Debut author Jennifer Yu chats with SLJ about her inspiration, her writing process, and what she’s working on next.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Victoria Scott (Violet Grenade), Plus Giveaway!! via YA Books Central: Interview with the YA Author of the Week, Victoria Scott.
- Queer Teens and Happy Love Stories: Hanna Nowinski talks MEG & LINUS via YA Interrobang: Hanna Nowinski answers questions about her YA romance novel, Meg & Linus.
- Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Illuminae (Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman) via YA Books Central: Interview with Illuminae authors Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.
- Laurie Halse Anderson Reflects on the “Seeds of America” Trilogy via School Library Journal: Laurie Halse Anderson talks with SLJ about Seeds of America and the final novel in the series.
- Meet Jilly Gagnon in this Debut Author Spotlight via Operation Awesome: Interview with #Famous author Jilly Gagnon.
- Author Chat with Christina June, Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: A chat with Christina June, author of It Started With Goodbye.
- Teenage Bravery: A Q&A with Rachel Bateman on SOMEONE ELSE’S SUMMER + a giveaway via YA Interrobang: Interview with Rachel Bateman on her newest novel, Someone Else’s Summer.
- Spotlight On Marieke Nijkamp via Publishers Weekly: A look at the work of Dutch YA author Marieke Nijkamp.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- Wendy Spinale, author of UMBERLAND, on having to kill off one of her favorite characters
- Veronica Chambers, author of THE GO-BETWEEN, on the beauty of friendship
- Brian Katcher, DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM, on being in Deacon's shoes himself
- JJ Flowers, author of JUAN PABLO AND THE BUTTERFLIES, on Juan Pablo showing up and needing her help
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- New Literary Agent Alert: Blair Wilson of Park Literary & Media via Writer’s Digest: A new agent seeking YA manuscripts.
- AGENT SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH LORIN OBERWEGER AND QUERY CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY via Literary Rambles: Interview with Lorin Oberweger, literary agent at Adams Literary.
- Interview With Literary Agent Tamar Rydzinski via Pub(lishing) Crawl: Interview with Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.
- Agent Looking For Clients: Gabrielle Piraino via Kathy Temean: Gabrielle Piraino at DeFiore and Company is actively seeking projects.
- Free Fall Friday – Jennie Dunham Interview Part One via Kathy Temean: The first part of an interview with Dunham Literary owner, Jennie Dunham.
- WoW: Building a world (that comes alive) in 7 easy steps via Adventures in YA Publishing: L.E. Sterling shares her tips for world-building.
- What to Do if You Think You Have the Wrong Protagonist via Fiction University: Questions to ask yourself if you think your novel features the wrong protagonist.
- 3 Tips From a First Pages Reading Session via WOW! Women on Writing: Three key takeaways to remember in your first pages.
- Give Your Scenes a Purpose with Scene Goals- author toolbox via M.L. Keller: Tips for using scene goals to keep your reader interested and your plot moving.
- How to Bravely Push Through Your Writing Insecurities via Go Teen Writers: Tactics to overcome your writing insecurities.
- LAURIE FOREST GUEST POST AND THE BLACK WITCH GIVEAWAY via Literary Rambles: Debut YA author Laurie Forest shares the importance of reading in the genre you write about.
- Why We Compare Ourselves to Other Writers—and How We Can Stop via Lauren Sapala: How to stop playing the comparison game and be true to your writing self.
- Getting Your Mojo Back via WOW! Women on Writing: Inspiration for motivating yourself to write again.
Publishing News & Trends:
- Exclusive: The first details on season 2 of 13 Reasons Why have... via Entertainment Weekly: A season 2 of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why adaptation is in the works.
- 26 YA Authors On Diverse Representation In Publishing via BuzzFeed Books: At this year’s YALLWEST, 26 YA authors share their thoughts in diversity in publishing.
- BookExpo 2017: Children's Galleys to Grab via Publishers Weekly: An early look at the unmissable books that children's and young adult publishers will showcase at BookExpo.
- BookExpo 2017: More of the Same but Better at BookCon via Publishers Weekly: BookCon returns to New York’s Javits Center with two full days of books, books, and books.
- What new YA covers hit the web in April 2017? via YA Interrobang: A round-up of cover reveals from last month.
- There’s finally a Chrome extension for book lovers to discover their next great read via TheNextWeb: Get book recommendations right on your browser.
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 5/08-5/14 plus Giveaway of DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our weekly list of new releases!
- What's New in YA ~ May 9th, 2017 via YA Books Central: YABC shares their most anticipated new releases from this week.
- What new YA books release this week? (May 9) via YA Interrobang: More YA books hitting the shelves this week.
Just for Fun:
- The Secret Lives of YA Mean Girls via Harlequin TEEN: Mean girls are people too, and some of our favorite YA mean girls prove there is more going on than meets the eye.
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