Enjoy this week’s links:
Writing for Publication—Queries and Submissions:
- Query Critique 7/11/17: Make sure your query is fully baked via Nathan Bransford: A YA contemporary query and Nathan’s critique.
- QUITE THE QUERY: K. Kazul Wolf and SUMMER THUNDER via Amy Trueblood: Example of a successful upper YA fantasy query.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- Social Media for Children’s and Adult Books: Who Posts Where? via Publishing Trends: Where authors are posting, and finding the right social media platform.
- What Belongs on an Author Website Homepage? 4 Key Elements via Jane Friedman: Tips on what to include on your author website.
- 10 Reasons to Start an Author Blog: And Why It’s Easier than You Think via Anne R. Allen: Establishing your platform with an author blog.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Lana Popovic (Wicked Like a Wildfire), Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: Interview with Lana Popovic, author of Wicked Like a Wildfire.
- One of Us Is Lying Author Karen McManus on the Song (and Weird Commute) That Inspired the Book via The B&N Teen Blog: Karen McManus discusses the flash of dark inspiration that turned into her first novel.
- Author Chat with Chandler Baker (This is Not the End), Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: Interview with Chandler Baker, author of This is Not the End.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- Moïra Fowley-Doyle, author of SPELLBOOK OF THE LOST AND FOUND, on the first draft being in rags and tatters
- Colleen Houck, author of REUNITED, on letting go of characters you love
- Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw, authors of SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS, on online writing contests
- Mary Taranta, author of SHIMMER AND BURN, on cringing over the first chapter
- Chandler Baker, author of THIS IS NOT THE END, on writing while on maternity leave
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- Agent Jim McCarthy – Dystel & Goderich Literary Management via Kathy Temean: Spotlight on Jim McCarthy.
- August Featured Agent – Larrisa Helena – Pippin Properties – Part 1 Interview via Kathy Temean: The first installment in a series of interviews with Larrisa Helena.
- Why Point of View is So Important for Novel Writers via Writer’s Digest: A description of the three most common POV's, plus the advantages and disadvantages of each.
- Improving Your Writing Without Raising Your Word Count via Fiction University: How to improve weak writing while keeping your word count in check.
- Real Life Diagnostics: Is This YA Fantasy Scene too Confusing? via Fiction University: A look at a YA fantasy work in progress and a diagnosis of its strong and weak points.
- Writing Tips: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Injuring Your Fictional Characters via The Creative Penn: How much can we injure our characters and still write in the realm of reality?
- Some thoughts about pitchwars via ML Keller: Your value as a writer isn’t determined by winning contests.
YA Book to Screen Adaptation News:
- "13 Reasons Why" Is Adding A Bunch Of New Characters For Season 2 via BuzzFeed Books: News on Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why.
- Universal optioned rights to a Cruel Prince movie via YA Interrobang: The first book in Holly Black’s new YA fantasy series hasn’t released yet, but the film rights have been optioned.
- Jenny Han Shares Her Set Diary From To All The Boys I've Loved Before via EW.com: Go behind the scenes of the best-selling novel’s big-screen adaptation.
- Starz Is Developing the Divergent Television Series Ascendant via Vulture: Starz is reportedly picking up where the Divergent films left off.
- Regina Hall Joins YA Adaptation 'The Hate U Give' (Exclusive) via Hollywood Reporter: Starr’s mother has been cast.
Publishing News & Trends:
- The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter via Vulture: One journalist’s look at YA Twitter and its effects on authors.
- Now in hi res, the cover of my new book Turtles All The Way... via John Green: Cover reveal for John Green’s upcoming YA novel, Turtles All the Way Down.
New YA E-Book Deals:
- Epic Reads Book Deals
- Amazon Teen & Young Adult Book Deals
- Fierce Reads Book Deals
- Book Riot Deals of the Day
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:
- THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE won a NEIBA Award. via YA Interrobang: Congratulations to author Mackenzi Lee!
YA New Book Deals and Releases:
- New Releases this week 08/07-08/13 plus 2 Giveaways via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our weekly highlighted new releases and giveaways!
- What's New In YA ~ August 8th, 2017 via YA Books Central: More books released this week.
- What new YA books release this week? (August 8) via YA Interrobang: Books released this week in the U.S. and abroad.
Just for Fun:
- The Best Book Covers from Now Until 2018 via Book Riot: Judge a book by its cover by scrolling through these upcoming releases.