Writing for Publication—Queries and Submissions:
- Book Writing Software: Top 10 Pieces of Software for Writers via The Write Practice: Ten software programs to help you get your writing done.
- Pre-Queries And How To Avoid Them via Pub(lishing) Crawl: One opinion on writers who send pre-queries.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- Do Authors HAVE to Be on Social Media? via Nadine Brandes: Answering the social media conundrum.
- How to Create Pre-Launch Buzz for Your Book Right Now via BadRedhead Media: Steps to take wherever you are in your writing journey.
- Meet Leslie Hauser in this Debut Author Spotlight via Operation Awesome: A chat with Leslie Hauser about her debut novel, Chasing Eveline.
- Q & A with Ellen Oh via Publisher’s Weekly: Interview with YA and MG author, Ellen Oh.
- Author Chat with Colleen Oakes (Wendy Darling Vol. 3)! via YA Books Central: Interview with Wendy Darling Saga author, Colleen Oakes.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Kara Thomas (Little Monsters)! via YA Books Central: Interview with Kara Thomas, author of Little Monsters.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- Cory Putman Oakes, author of WITCHTOWN, on following a raw vegan diet to get details correct
- Lisa Maxwell, THE LAST MAGICIAN, on being inspired by the movie Newsies
- Katie Kennedy, author of WHAT GOES UP, on writing books that she wanted to see
- J.M. Lee, author of SONG OF THE DARK CRYSTAL, on thinking about your pitch
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- Money Talk: Where Does Your Commission Go? Via Nelson Literary Agency: A discussion on agent commissions.
- Agent Update: Jordy Albert of The Booker Albert Literary Agency via Writer’s Digest: Information on what Jordy Albert is seeking in YA submissions.
- Agent Looking for Clients – Wishlist via Kathy Temean: A spotlight on agent Eric Smith of P.S. Literary and his wishlist.
- Query Questions with Sarah Landis via Michelle4Laughs: Sarah Landis of Sterling Lord Literistic answers query questions.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- Pitch Wars 2017 Mentor Blog Hop! via Brenda Drake: If you’re planning on entering Pitch Wars, you’ll need to select a mentor by viewing their wishlist before the August 2 start date.
- Meet the Pitch Wars 2017 Agents! (Part 1) and Meet the Pitch Wars 2017 Agents! (Part 2) via Brenda Drake: All the agents participating in Pitch Wars.
- WoW: Writing Guilt with Rebecca Phillips via Adventures in YA Publishing: Creating characters who are dealing with guilt.
- What is the Narrative Arc? • A Guide to Storytelling Through Story Structure via Reedsy: Defining what a narrative arc is and how to set one up in your work.
- Broken, but Still Good: 3 Ways to Create Character Flaws via Fiction University: Choosing the right flaws for your characters.
- The Semi-No-Fail Way to Fast Drafting for People Who Hate Drafting By Candace Ganger via Adventures in YA Publishing: Author Candace Ganger shares two great methods of conquering that first draft.
- Real Talk: Patience in Publishing via Pub(lishing) Crawl: A reminder that publishing requires copious amounts of patience.
- Stupid Advice I Have Taken about Writing via Writer Unboxed: Defining your own definition of what it means to be a writer.
Publishing News & Trends:
- The Top YA Books On Amazon In 2016: A State-By-State Breakdown via Book Riot: The most popular books sold in each of the 50 United States on Amazon.
- 3 new Harry Potter books coming this fall via EW.com: Future books for the franchise.
- Iron Giant, Back to the Future DeLorean featured in first Ready Player One footage via EW.com: The first image out of the film adaptation for Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
- In a world of peak attention, how can books survive? via The Bookseller: In today’s “attention economy,” it’s imperative that the publishing industry adapts.
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 7/17-7/23 via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our featured list of new releases and giveaways!
- What new YA books release this week? (July 18) via YA Interrobang: More of this week’s YA releases!
- What's New In YA ~ July 18th, 2017 via YA Books Central: More books for your shelves.
Just for Fun:
- Postcards From Your Favorite YA Characters via Epic Reads: Summer vacation for your favorite YA characters means postcards! See to whom and what they wrote.