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Writing for Publication—Queries and Submissions:
- PubCrawl Podcast: Query Critique III via Pub(lishing) Crawl: A podcast with query samples and feedback.
- Is My Manuscript OwnVoices? via Sub It Club: How to determine if your manuscript fits the #ownvoices definition.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- We Made These 10 Social Media Mistakes so You Don’t Have To via Social: Ten social media mistakes and how to correct them.
- Building an Author Website: The First Step to Publishing via The Write Practice: A step-by-step guide to building a simple author website.
- Why Your Email List Matters More Than Pageviews via Create If Writing: Making your email list a priority over web site traffic.
- Do You Have a Platform? via The Book Designer: Sarah Bolme explains how to focus your efforts on building a platform.
- Author Chat with Tonya Kuper, Plus Excerpt & Giveaway! via YA Books Central: Interview with Tonya Kuper, author of Enigma.
- Screenwriting Techniques to Strengthen Your Novel: Q&A with Nina R. Sadowsky via Jane Friedman: Interview with Nina R. Sadowsky on how she uses screenwriting to complete her novels.
- Author Chat with Hannah Jayne (The Revenge), Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: Interview with Hannah Jayne, author of The Revenge.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Emily Bain Murphy (The Disappearances), Plus Giveaway!! via YA Books Central: Interview with Emily Bain Murphy, author of The Disappearances.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- Ali Novak, author of PAPER HEARTS, on feeling paralyzed while writing
- Emily Bain Murphy, author of THE DISAPPEARANCES, on fighting to find the beauty in life
- Tonya Kuper, author of ENIGMA, on running your own race
- Rowan Maness, author of BOMBSHELL, on how lies can reveal our true selves
- Mark Alpert, author of THE SILENCE, on the lack of silence while writing
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- Agent Looking for Clients: Alyssa Eisner Henkin – Trident Media Group via Kathy Temean: Spotlight on Alyssa Eisner Henkin and what she’s looking for in submissions.
- Query Questions with Gabrielle Piraino via Michelle4Laughs: Interview with Gabrielle Piraino of DeFiore Literary.
- Agent Update: Brittany Booker Carter of The Booker Albert Literary Agency via Writer’s Digest: Brittany Booker Carter of The Booker Albert Literary Agency discusses what she’s seeking in submissions.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- July 2017 Contest Roundup via Sub It Club: Upcoming contests for writers to enter.
- Learn What Irony (Really) Is and How To Use It via Reedsy: An article on defining different types of irony, and how to successfully use it in your writing.
- Birth of a Book: The Idea Stage: Testing the Idea via Fiction University: You’ve got the idea for a novel, now it’s time to test it out by going through a few steps.
- Writing Totally On Fleek YA via Kristen Lamb: Guest post by Cait Reynolds about writing YA and avoiding the clichés, traps, and pitfalls that can sink a novel.
- 5 Tips For Writing Superbad Villains via The Creative Penn: Giving your villains the depth they need to be convincingly bad.
- Correctly Using Beats in Dialogue via ML Keller: Using beats to show actions occurring between lines of dialogue.
- What’s Really Keeping You from Writing? via The Write Practice: Identifying what may be keeping you from writing.
- Advice to My Unpublished Self via Writer’s Digest: Hazel Gaynor gives her unpublished self a few words of encouragement.
Publishing News & Trends:
- MGM acquired rights to the Every Day movie. via YA Interrobang: Update on the Every Day movie adaptation.
- What new YA covers hit the web this week? (July 3) via YA Interrobang: The latest cover reveals for this week.
- Top 2017 Amazon Teen/YA Choices via Kathy Temean: The top 20 YA novels sold by Amazon for 2017, so far.
- The Rise in Print Continues via Publishers Weekly: Sales of print units are 3% higher than in the first half of last year.
- SCBWI Summer Conference Blog: Posts on the authors and panels at the SCBWI Summer Conference happening this week in Los Angeles.
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:
- 2017 New Zealand Book Awards announced their YA finalists. via YA Interrobang: The 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults announced their shortlist.
YA New Book Deals and Releases:
- New Releases this week 07/03-07/09 plus 4 Giveaways via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our weekly featured new releases and giveaways!
- 170 YA Books Hitting Shelves This Summer via Book Riot: This comprehensive guide covers YA books hitting shelves between July and the end of September 2017.
- What's New In YA ~ July 4th, 2017 via YA Books Central: Check out these new YA releases.
- What new YA books release this week? (July 4) via YA Interrobang: A list of this week’s new YA books.