Writing for Publication: Before the Sale:
- Top 10 “Do”s and “Don’t”s of Writing a Query Letter via NaNoWriMo Blog: Literary agent and editor Elizabeth Kracht shares her definitive list of things you should and shouldn’t do when querying.
- 4 Easy Steps to a Great Synopsis via Books & Such Literary Management: Four steps to mastering this challenging part of a book package.
Writing for Publication: Book Marketing and Social Media
- Is Expecting People to Help You Market Your Books Lazy? A Discussion via BadRedhead Media: Building relationships to market your books over the cold sell.
- PubCrawl Podcast: Author Life – Public vs. Private via Pub(lishing) Crawl: The latest podcast discussing the boundaries between your public self and your private self and how that can affect your publishing career.
- 7 Insider Tips You Need to Learn from Self-Pub Pros by guest @sarahannjuckes via BadRedHead Media: Marketing tips for both indie and traditionally published authors.
- 11 Tips for Successfully Working With a Cover Designer via Publishers Weekly: Joel Friedlander shares best practices for working with a cover designer.
- How to Get the Most Marketing and Publicity Bang for Your Buck via Writer’s Digest: Interview with publicist Caitlin Hamilton Summie on book marketing.
- Should You Start a Video Blog? via Writers in the Storm: With You Tube and the rise of Facebook Live, video marketing is all the rage.
- Introducing Julie C. Dao! va Pub(lishing) Crawl: Interview with PubCrawl’s newest contributor and debut YA author, Julie C. Dao.
- Tiny Does Not Exist: Natalie C. Anderson talks CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES via YA Interrobang: Interview with debut author Natalie C. Anderson.
- Developing a Writing Process: Nic Stone and I Only Eat Raspberries via Adventures in YA Publishing: The “I Only Eat Raspberries” writing approach and how Nic Stone used it to create her debut novel, Dear Martin, out in October 2017.
- Bad Romance Author Heather Demetrios on Why Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Matters via The B&N Teen Blog: In this month’s YA Open Mic, and in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Heather Demetrios talks about how to recognize abusive relationships (and great ones), and how to break the patterns that can keep you or your loved ones trapped.
- Backlist Bonanza: A Q&A with Priya Sridhar on CAROUSEL via YA Interrobang: Interview with Priya Sridhar on her 2014 novella, Carousel.
- Lilliam Rivera, author of THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ, on her writing muscle via Adventures in YA Publishing: Lilliam Rivera tells us more about her debut novel.
- Susin Nielsen, author of OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST, on writing with joy in your heart via Adventures in YA Publishing: Susin Nielsen discusses inspiration and the difficulties of writing a second novel.
- Kim Savage, author of BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS, on why books breaking your heart are desirable via Adventures in YA Publishing: Kim Savage discusses her inspiration and writing difficult scenes.
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- New Literary Agent Alert: Amanda Ayers Barnett of Donaghy Literary via Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents: YA fiction accepted in the submission guidelines.
- Ask the Agent: Does a novel have to be historically accurate? via MacGregor Literary: The importance of being historically accurate and when you can bend the rules.
- AGENT SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH LINDA CAMACHO AND QUERY CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY via Literary Rambles: Interview with Linda Camacho of Prospect Agency.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- FREE 1st 5 Pages Workshop opens on Sat 3/4 w Mentors Lit Agent Wendi Gu and Author Catrina Burgess via Adventures in YA Publishing: Mark your calendar for March 4th!
- How to Escape the Slush Pile: A self-editing checklist for short story writers via Electric Lit: Common problems with stories in the slush pile.
- 7 Tips to Help You Self-Edit Your Novel via NaNoWriMo Blog: A checklist to help you clean up that messy first draft.
- 4 Tips for Writing Realistic Sibling Relationships via Go Teen Writers: Ideas to keep sibling relationships realistic in your writing.
- 9 Story Openings to Avoid, Part 6 via Nelson Literary Agency: Rule number 6 out of the nine deadly story openings. Links to the previous rules are within the post.
- How to Use IBM's WATSON Artificial Intelligence to Improve Your Writing -- FOR FREE via Adventures in YA Publishing: Putting your work to the technology test.
- 4 Short Lessons on the Subject of Short Stories via Writer’s Digest: Four favorite lessons on the benefits of writing short stories.
- Three Ways to HOOK a Reader & Never Let GO via Kristen Lamb: Getting a reader’s attention immediately and resisting the urge to include backstory.
- Writing Tips from Children’s Author Catherine Johnson via Curtis Brown Creative: YA author Catherine Johnson shares her writing words of wisdom.
- Turning the Virtual Page: Virtual Reality and Traditional Publishing via Publishing Trends: Figuring out where book publishing fits into the VR revolution.
- Pacing: Fast or Slow, Make the Adjustments Your Story Needs via WOW! Women on Writing Blog: Scene pacing and how to speed it up or slow it down.
- How to Write a Fight Scene Readers Will Love via The Write Practice: Guest blogger and author Stephanie O’Brien shares writing tips for fight scenes.
- Promising Form and Content Pt 3: The How To of Great Openings via Adventures in YA Publishing: Looking at the openings paragraphs of published novels to examine how they grab a reader's attention.
- Motivation For Writers via Babbles from Scott Eagan: Tips for writing through blocks.
- Bad Review Blues – Some Perspective from the Trenches via Writers in the Storm: How to survive a tough review.
- Yes, You Can Make a Living Writing Fiction! 10 Tips from Elizabeth S. Craig via Anne R. Allen’s Blog: Guest columnist Elizabeth S. Craig shares her insights on living off your fiction writing.
- 9-1-1 Writing Inspiration via WOW! Women on Writing: Out-of-the-box inspiration for writing emergencies.
- Post-Project Depression and Recovery via Writer Unboxed: Self-care following the completion of a project.
- Don’t Stop Writing via The Write Practice: An inspirational post if you’re about to quit writing…(please don’t).
- Writing Success: There Are No Shortcuts via Writers in the Storm: Debut author Jamie Raintree discusses her long road to publication.
- How to Overcome Rejection by 200 Literary Agents (& Still Land a Book Deal) via Writer’s Digest: YA author Loretta Ellsworth discusses building persistence in the face of rejection.
- Taming the Octopus: How to Self-Publish Without Getting Squeezed via NaNoWriMo Blog: Self-publishing wisdom from author Ruth Kaufman.
Publishing News & Trends:
- Penguin Teen announces March tour with Ahdieh, Livingston, Hamilton and Anderson via YA Interrobang: Penguin Teen announces a tour to feature authors Renee Ahdieh, Lesley Livingston, Alwyn Hamilton and Natalie C. Anderson.
- What new YA covers hit the web this week? (February 19) via YA Interrobang: Regular feature of cover reveals.
- Katherine Langford joins SIMON VS. movie via YA Interrobang: The Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda movie has casted its Leah!
- Overcoming Bias: Authors and Editors Discuss Sensitivity Readers via Publishers Weekly: Publishing experts gathered for a diversity panel titled “A Second Opinion: Utilizing Sensitivity Readers” on February 16.
- What Fiction Trends Say About Us via Writer Unboxed: A round-up of authors share the trends in writing craft they see and what is driving these trends.
- This Week In YA: Marissa Meyer, Three Dark Crowns, and More! via Epic Reads: A new book by Marissa Meyer and books optioned for movies.
- Procrastination Pro-Tips: New Lauren Graham Show, Kilted Yoga, Book Fests, And More! via Forever Young Adult: Book fest news, movie and TV news, and miscellaneous cool stuff.
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 Book Awards and Congratulations:
- OUTRUN THE MOON wins Asian/Pacific American Literature Award via YA Interrobang: Congratulations to author Stacey Lee!
YA New Book Deals and Releases:
- New Releases 2/20-2/26 plus 3 Giveaways via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our round-up of new YA releases.
- What new YA books release this week? (February 21) via YA Interrobang: A regular feature of new YA book releases.
- New Kids’ and YA Books: Week of February 27, 2017 via Publishers Weekly: New works for kids and teens hitting the shelves this week.
- Book Deals: Week of February 27, 2017 via Publishers Weekly: YA author Tamara Ireland Stone signed a two-book deal for her first middle-grade novel, titled Click’d.
- The Shortlist: Y.A. Crossover via The New York Times: New YA crossover books!
Just for Fun:
- How To Read More and Internet Less When You Have No Self-Control via Book Riot: Tricks to limit your time online.
- 6 Inexpensive Essentials for Reading (and Writing) in the Bath via Book Riot: Hacks to help your soaking time become more productive.
- Watch an Exclusive Clip from Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, a Week Before It Hits Theaters via The B&N Teen Blog: Before I Fall hits theaters on March 3, but you can watch an exclusive clip right now.
If I missed anything, please leave a comment!