Writing for Publication—Queries and Submissions:
- Getting Your Fabulous Characters into Your Synopsis via Writers in the Storm: Tips on building a successful synopsis.
- Crafting a 35-Word Pitch for Your Novel via Operation Awesome: Some contests ask for a short pitch of your book, and here’s how to do it.
- 30+ Free Instagram Tools to Help You Grow Your Following via Social: Tools to help you stand out from the crowd and grow your ‘gram.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- The definitive guide to SEO for authors via Nathan Bransford: Using SEO to build an audience who will pre-order your book.
- 6 Common Sense Steps to Secure a WordPress Website via Jane Friedman: Making your Wordpress site more secure.
- Podcasts are Trending. Here’s How to Start Now via Bad Redhead Media: Tips for authors looking to start their own podcast.
- Interview: Lana Popovic, author of ‘Wicked Like a Wildfire’ via Happily Ever After: Interview with Lana Popovic on her new release.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Colleen Houck (Reunited), Plus Giveaway!! via YA Books Central: Interview with Colleen Houck, author of Reunited.
- The BookLife Prize: Checking in with Jane Alvey Harris via Publishers Weekly: Interview with Jane Alvey Harris, finalist of the 2016 BookLife Prize for her YA novel, Riven.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- When Your Agent Lets You Go via Books & Such Literary Management: How to rebound when your agent withdraws representation.
- New Agent Alert: Julie Dinneen of D4EO Literary via Writer’s Digest: Focus on Julie Dinneen and what she’s looking for in YA submissions.
- August Featured Agent – Larissa Helena Part Two Interview via Kathy Temean: The second installment of an interview series with Larissa Helena.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- 1st 5 Pages Workshop Opens 9/2- And Mentor News! via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our Free 1st 5 Pages Workshop will open for submissions on Saturday, September 2 at noon EST!
- SCBWI Emerging Voices via Kathy Temean: Details about the On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award.
- How to End a Story via The Write Practice: 4 classic possibilities for how to end a story.
- Conflict: Why It Isn’t Just about Fighting — Guest: Janice Hardy via Jami Gold: How to tell whether you’ve included the right kind of conflict in your story.
- As the World Falls Down by Colleen Houck: Inspirations on World Building via Adventures in YA Publishing: YA author Colleen Houck shares what inspires her worldbuilding.
- On Waiting As Writers via Pub(lishing) Crawl: Things for writers to do while you wait (im)patiently.
- Five Ways to Kill Your Inner Critic via WOW! Women on Writing: Getting rid of an inner critic.
- Troubleshooting for Writers: 7 Questions to Ask When You Lose Desire to Finish Your Book via Jane Friedman: Some of the most common roadblocks and how you might solve them.
- It's all good via WOW! Women on Writing: Success is all about what it means to you.
- Emotional Etiquette for the Writer Seeking an Agent via Jane Friedman: Allowing yourself to feel the pain of rejection, but not letting it get you down for too long.
YA Book to Screen Adaptation News:
- Netflix Picks Up Supernatural Teen Series via Deadline: While not a YA book adaptation, the untitled series is described as a teenage love story with supernatural twists.
- Lionsgate Chief Says ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Twilight’ Have ‘More Stories to Tell’ via Variety: Lionsgate isn’t ready to roll the credits on its “Hunger Games” and “Twilight” franchises.
- Your Book, the Movie: Interview With a Hollywood Producer via Writer Unboxed: An inside look into how a book becomes a movie.
- YA Adaptation 'The Hate U Give' Adds 'Detroit' Star Algee Smith (Exclusive) via The Hollywood Reporter: Casting news for Starr's childhood friend, Khalil.
Publishing News & Trends:
- YA Movies Get Real: Black Lives Matter, Activism Explored in New Projects via The Hollywood Reporter: Producers are optioning a number of gritty, socially conscious coming-of-age stories.
New YA E-Book Deals:
- Amazon Teen & Young Adult Book Deals
- Book Riot Deals of the Day
- Epic Reads Book Deals
- Fierce Reads Book Deals
New YA Book Giveaways:
- Adventures in YA Publishing Giveaways
- Epic Reads Giveaways
- Goodreads Giveaways
- RivetedLit Giveaways
- YA Books Central Giveaways
YA Book Deals and Releases:
- New Releases this week 08/14-08/20 plus 2 Giveaways via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our weekly look at exciting new releases, plus giveaways!
- What's New in YA ~ August 15th, 2017 via YA Books Central: Check out more new releases!
- What new YA books release this week? (August 15) via YA Interrobang: New releases in the U.S. and abroad.
Just for Fun:
- The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue Story Name Generator! via Epic Reads: Find out what Monty and Percy would title the story of your life.