The event meant a lot to me, because I came to this country unable to speak English. My parents learned English at night while working and trying to raise a family, and they did it for the same reason that moved me in the essays the students shared at LCNV--because they wanted freedom, opportunity, and the hope for a better life for their children.
When you hear that someone who was a nurse, or a teacher for 22 years, and they give that up to start all over again, you realize the value of what we have here. It makes me count the many blessings I have, and want to dig in even harder with my writing. And it makes me want to pay it forward, because I've been so very, very lucky.
I never imagined getting to work on the Heirs of Watson Island series with Simon Pulse, and I never imagined how big this blog would get.
Paying it Forward
For five years now, Adventures blog has been a place where I've been able to share not only my thoughts about writing and insight about what I'm learning, but also insight and advice from many other authors. Because I believe you can't be a writer without being a reader, we've shared new book releases each week, author interviews, and giveaways. We've launched the First Five Pages Workshop, and spun off a new writing contest site to help writers get agented and get their work polished for submission, and I've also been fortunate to work on a separate venture called YASeriesInsiders.com with a cast of amazing authors. As Adventures has grown, I've been lucky to find some amazing new contributors to bring in, and we now have an INCREDIBLE team.
Welcome New Arrivals
When we went hunting for one intern a few weeks ago, we received so many submissions that we ended up creating positions for a lot of people. As a result, AYAP has a brand new set of social media channels!
- Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ayaplit/
- Tumblr: http://adventuresinyapublishing.tumblr.com
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ayaplit/
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ayaplit
More Intern and Contributor Opportunities
In addition to adding new people here at Adventures, we've also added contributors for Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest at http://www.YASeriesInsiders.com, as well as a new Contributor and Interview Coordinator. And we're still interested in adding people. We're going to be tying in the content a bit more with Adventures, so that means even more great interviews and giveaways, but also lots of fun ways to express our love of books from the reader side of the equation.
If you'd like to be considered, please send your resume to yaseriesinsiders (at) gmail dot com.
This Week's Giveaway
The Wrath and the Dawn
by Renée Ahdieh
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
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