Writing for Publication—Queries and Submissions:
- The Elements of a Revise and Resubmit Request from an Agent via Writer’s Digest: The process for revising and then resubmitting your work to an agent.
- How Time Zone Differences Affect Your Book Marketing via Jane Friedman: Knowing time differences in the countries where you sell books is key to social media engagement.
- Using Amazon Ads to Sell a YA Novel: A Detailed Analysis via Jane Friedman: One author’s use of Amazon ads, including money spent and profits earned.
- Best Book Review Blogs of 2017: Curated with love by Reedsy via Reedsy: A directory of book blogs to check out if you’re on the hunt for reviewers...or just a great book blog.
- This is The Reason Book Marketing is Exhausting You and How to Fix That via Bad Redhead Media: Tips to make book marketing a less stressful experience.
- How to Keep Your Email List Legal via Create If Writing: Staying in compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act as you collect subscribers.
- Book Trailers: What They Are, What They Were, And What’s Next via The Creative Penn: Adam Cushman talks about what has changed with book trailers and why they might be worth considering.
- Author Chat with Lana Popovic (Wicked Like a Wildfire), Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: Interview with Lana Popovic, author of Wicked Like a Wildfire.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Alexandra Duncan (Blight), Plus Giveaway!! via YA Books Central: Interview with Alexandra Duncan, author of Blight.
- An Interview with Jessica Brody, Author of IN SOME OTHER LIFE via Fierce Reads: Fierce Reads asks Jessica Brody questions about In Some Other Life, and life as an author.
- Author Chat with Katy Upperman (Kissing Max Holden), Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: Interview with Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden.
- 16 Authors Discuss Names, Therapy, and More in August’s YA Open Mic via The B&N Teen Blog: In this month’s Open Mic, 16 authors discuss everything from therapy to the significance of names.
- Interview: Lauren Miller, author of ‘All Things New’ via Happily Ever After: Lauren Miller chats about her new novel, All Things New.
- Here’s How This YA Author Turned Her Pain Into Art via Epic Reads: Meredith Miller, author of Little Wrecks, on how she used her own personal pain to make art. (Please note that this post includes sensitive material that may be difficult for some readers).
- Ep 115: Lauren Strasnick via First Draft with Sarah Enni: Podcast interview with Lauren Strasnick, author of 16 Ways to Break a Heart.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- Aden Polydoros, author of PROJECT PANDORA, on not quitting after writing the first fifty pages
- Patty Blount, author of THE WAY IT HURTS, on hitting a wall while writing
- MacKenzie Cadenhead, author of SLEEPER, on the most important step of writing being to actually write
- Chelsea Bobulski, author of THE WOOD, on persistence being the key to writing a novel
- Rebecca Phillips, author of THESE THINGS I'VE DONE, on giving herself a "you can do this" pep talk
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- Agent Jennifer Kim – Dijkstra Agency via Kathy Temean: Spotlight on what Jennifer Kim is seeking in YA submissions.
- TBA Monthly Wishlist - August 2017 via Bent on Books: The Bent Agency releases its monthly MSWL.
- Agent Spotlight: Stephanie Hansen, Metamorphosis Literary Agency via Writer’s Digest: Update on Stephanie Hansen, owner of Metamorphosis Literary Agency.
- 16 Agents Share 34 Tips for Success: From Studying the Market to Proper Querying via Writer’s Digest: A list of tips from literary agents.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- August 2017 Contest Roundup via Sub It Club: A list of upcoming writing contests.
- How To Master Sensory Language In Your Writing via Epic Reads: In another Editor’s Pick article, Alexandra Cooper, Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, breaks down sensory language and how YA author Jessi Kirby masters this technique in her latest novel, The Secret History of Us.
- Having Trouble With Plot? Look at Your Characters. via Jane Friedman: Looking to your characters to find the seeds of plot.
- Great Tools for Establishing Setting in Your Story by Author Aden Polydoros via Adventures in YA Publishing: Aden Polydoros shares tips on how to research settings.
- The Perils of Perfection via Writer Unboxed: “Striving for your best work is vastly different from holding yourself to impossibly perfect standards.”
YA Book to Screen Adaptation News:
- A Sweet Valley High Movie is Coming (from the Writer of Legally Blonde!) via Book Riot: The Wakefield twins are headed for the big screen.
- Starr’s Family Has Been Cast for The Hate U Give Movie! via Epic Reads: The Carter family has been cast.
Publishing News & Trends:
- 5 Reasons Audiobook Sales Are Booming And How You Can Be Part Of This Growth via Digital Book World: Audiobooks are booming, but why and how is this happening?
- Up lit: the new book trend with kindness at its core via The Guardian: Uplifting stories about human connection and love are beginning to trend.
- Join Us in Select B&N Stores September 23 for B-Fest, Our Second Annual Teen Book Festival via The B&N Teen Blog: A nationwide event devoted to celebrating all the best young adult literature has to offer.
- Bernie Sanders aims to inspire revolution among young adult readers via The Guardian: Senator Bernie Sanders has a new book out later this month, titled The Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution.
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 7/31-8/06 plus 6 Giveaways via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our weekly highlighted new releases, plus six (!!!) giveaways.
- What's New In YA ~ August 1st, 2017 via YA Books Central: Round-up of releases #2.
- What new YA books release this week? (August 1) via YA Interrobang: …and our last, but not least, set of new releases.
Just for Fun:
- Nail Decals and Wraps for Comic Lovers via Book Riot: Bam! Accent your nails with a superhero or villain!