We run the names, book blurbs, covers, purchase and goodreads links for upcoming YA releases from major publishers as part of our YA Books In Stores Next Week Monday round-ups. We invite authors to provide an answer to one interview question to accompany that post. If you would like to answer the question, it will move the book up toward the top of the post. If you would like to include a giveaway as part of that post, your book will appear in the top category with a larger cover--and it will remain there for two weeks—once as part of the giveaway and once as part of the winner announcements. These do not need to occur during your release week, but that is the ideal time for them. Again, we already include goodreads and amazon links directly to the book. Unfortunately, we cannot include any other links since these posts are automatically compiled from our database!
WOW Wednesday Posts are our regular author to writer feature on, you guessed it, Wednesdays. The posts are 750 – 1100 words on the most important piece of advice an you, the author, has received or gleaned on the road to pub that made the difference in turning you from a writer to an author, or something that you want to pass on to other writers that you think will truly make a difference. We are currently scheduling into March for WOW Wednesday posts.
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Inspired Openings on Thursdays feature 350-600 words on the important advice that you, the author, has received or learned about where and how to start a book that readers won't put down, along with up to 200 words about what inspired you or helped you to revise the opening for the book that got you published or your current book. We'd also like you to include up to three openings from books you think had killer opening lines or paragraphs--two to three sentences or so. We are scheduling into March for Inspired Openings posts.
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Friday Craft Posts can be on some aspect of writing, editing, promotion, publicity or anything else related to writer's journey or craft--even just an inspirational piece that you would like to share with our readers. These should be 800-2000 words and speak to writers who are serious about writing. We would prefer detailed information. The posts do not need to be targeted toward YA writers. We are scheduling into April for Craft posts.
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Wish I'd Written is our new feature post that will run on Saturdays. WIW will feature YA authors telling us which two or three recently published books they wish they had written themselves, and providing a 140 to 300 word explanation for each, sharing what makes the book so special. It should be a great way for us all to discover new books we might not have chosen for ourselves! Total post length must be between 500 and 750 words. We are currently scheduling in November for Wish I'd Written posts.
If you would like to participate in a Craft of Writing, WOW Wednesday, Inspired Openings, or Wish I'd Written post, please contact us at ayaplit [at] gmail [dot] com so we can get you on the schedule. Once scheduled, you can send the posts any time so long as we have it at least two days before the post date.
PLEASE READ for All Guest Posts
For all Craft of Writing, WOW Wednesday, Inspired Openings, and Wish I'd Written posts, please include a short bio, links to your blog, twitter, facebook, and website, along with links to an author photo and bookcover.
If you would like to do a giveaway, that's fantastic. Just let us know when you send the post, and we can send you the name of the winner.
There is absolutely no obligation to do a giveaway! We understand author copies are limited, so we want to make it clear that we are not asking for copies, only offering.
First Five Pages Workshop Mentorships
We offer a First Five Pages Workshop that opens for entries at noon on the first Saturday of every month. Each month, we will review one original entry, plus two revisions only for the first five entries accepted. We love to have guest authors or editors as mentors for these workshops, and have been fortunate to have fabulous established authors like the fabulous Sarah Ockler, Leah Cypess, and Nancy Holder along with newer authors like rising star Kat Zhang, and the talented and energetic author and blogging queen, Elana Johnson. Guest authors should be prepared to mentor through all three versions of the submissions, but we absolutely understand that scheduling conflicts and deadlines can interfere. Workshop participants are alerted to this in advance, so if an author has to drop out after the first or second round, it is not a problem.
Along with guest authors, we are also open to craft experts, and we've been fortunate to have both Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, authors of the Emotion Thesaurus. If you are a blogger, agent, editor, book reviewer, or craft book author and would like to mentor, please get in touch! We are currently scheduling in 2014 for workshop mentors.
We feature guest mentors prominently, along with their books, accomplishments, and any writing/editing/critiqueing/mentorship services they offer.
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Note: We've recently moved the First Five Pages Workshop to its own site here:
We're including a permanent link to the workshop along with the guest mentor's cover or photo in the top right of the Adventures in YA Publishing blog as well.
If you are interested in mentoring, please look on our Contests and Workshops page for additional information, including the next available month, and then contact us at AdventuresInYAPub [at] icloud dot com for scheduling.
Agent Contests and Workshops
We run a contest every three months. We will be alternating our original Pitch+250 contest with a shorter, less intensive contest. If you are interested in being a judge, please check our Contests and Workshops page for additional information.
Eligible Authors and Publishers
It is with deep regret that we have to put a disclaimer here because we are flooded with requests from authors who would like to offer giveaways or participate in guest posts. Unfortunately, the work involved in arranging and setting up interviews, giveaways, and guest posts means that we must set an arbitrary limit to establish which books and authors we can include on the blog.
The world of publishing is changing fast. In addition to the big and mid-sized publishers, many authors are doing hybrid or indie pub, and many new presses are providing additional opportunities for both writers and readers. This is great, and we are impressed and enchanted with the quality of the books put out by Entangled Teen, Month9Books, Spencer Hill and so many other small, and indie presses who will soon be (or are fast becoming) major forces in publishing. Similarly, we are thrilled with all the various digital first or digital only imprints of the major publishers who are bringing us great new options in content. Self-published authors like Jennifer Armentrout and Amanda Hocking, to name only a couple, have proven that quality content is quality content, and some of the originally self-published books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and gone on to become traditionally published books. Other indie books sell only a handful of copies. All of which is a long explanation for a short statement. Deciding which book, author, or publisher is more valid than another is a no-win task.
We are all volunteers here at AYAP, and we all have other jobs and obligations, so our decision about guest posts and giveaways is this: for now, until we have more help, we can only include the very biggest of each week's releases, from books and authors published traditionally by the "big" publishers. This leaves out a lot of great books, but again, this is not in any way a judgment on value. We wish we could include every book, author, and publisher. We hope you will understand!
Thanks so much, everyone!
Martina and Jan