Writing for Publication—Before the Sale:
- Writing 101: How to Spot a Shmagent via Adventures in YA Publishing: This post is part of the Writing 101: From Concept to Query (and Beyond!) series. This week’s post looks at ways to spot a shady agent.
- A Hot Steaming Sack Of Business Advice For Writers via Terribleminds: An honest look at publishing and advice for authors getting into the business.
- Queries That Make You Go Hmmm… via Sub It Club: A list of query rules with explanations on why you shouldn’t break them.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- Public Speaking Tips for Writers: 7 Keys for a Great Speech via The Write Practice: If you’re going to be an author, you must be able to speak publically.
- Non-Smarmy Marketing with Nathalie Lussier via Create If Writing: Podcast sharing tips on non-smarmy marketing tactics.
- 5 THINGS TO INCLUDE ON YOUR AUTHOR WEBSITE IF YOU’RE NOT YET PUBLISHED via Romance Writers Chat: If you aren’t published yet, what do you include on an author website?
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Sara B Larson (Dark Breaks The Dawn), Plus Giveaway!! via YA Books Central: Interview with Sara B. Larson, YABC’s YA Author of the Week.
- Q & A with Jodi Lynn Anderson via Publishers Weekly: YA and MG author Jodi Lynn Anderson talks about her latest YA novel and her writing process.
- Must-read YA: 'Violet Grenade' by Victoria Scott (plus interview!) via Happily Ever After: Interview with Victoria Scott on her novel, Violet Grenade.
- Must-read YA: 'The Names They Gave Us' by Emery Lord (plus interview!) via Happily Ever After: Interview with Emery Lord on her latest YA novel.
- Debut Author Sarah Prager on LGBTQ History for Teens via School Library Journal: Interview with Sarah Prager on her debut work of nonfiction, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World.
- Welcome Debut Novelist, Caroline Leech + Giveaway (YA Historical Fiction) via Clara Gillow Clark: Interview with Caroline Leech about her debut novel, Wait for Me.
- Once and for All Author Sarah Dessen Talks Voice, the New Book, and Barbecue via The B&N Teen Blog: An interview with Sarah Dessen about her latest novel.
- Author Chat with Heather Maclean, Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: A chat with Heather Maclean, author of Toward a Secret Sky.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- Crystal Cestari, author of THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC, on the intimidating blank screen
- Lisa Freeman, author of RIPTIDE SUMMER, on surviving riptides (both literally and metaphorically)
- Karole Cozzo, author of THE TRUTH ABOUT HAPPILY EVER AFTER, on Miller originally not being in the story
- Zan Romanoff, GRACE AND THE FEVER, on there being no shame in having fallen in love
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- AGENT VALERIE NOBLE and ERIN BEATY GUEST POST W/ QUERY CRITIQUE and THE TRAITOR'S KISS GIVEAWAY via Literary Rambles: Debut author Erin Beaty and her agent Valerie Noble guest post to celebrate the release of The Traitor’s Kiss.
- Introducing Sean McCarthy! via Sub It Club: Interview with literary agent, Sean McCarthy of McCarthy Lit.
- Interview: Agent Sarah LaPolla on how authors can stand out, negotiating offers, and the state of publishing via Nathan Bransford: Nathan interviews Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary.
- Agent Looking for Clients via Kathy Temean: A focus on Blair Wilson of Park Literary.
- May’s Featured Agent – Jennie Dunham Interview Part Two via Kathy Temean: The second part to an interview with Jennie Dunham of Dunham Literary.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- The Contest Fix: How Writing Contests Can Help Your Career via Digital Book World: Why and how you should submit to writing contests.
- We Need Diverse Books™ Announces the Opening of Applications for the 2017 WNDB Internship Grants via WNDB: Applications are due by May 31, 2017.
- Editor’s Pick: How To Write Dynamic Secondary Characters via Epic Reads: Rosemary Brosnan, Vice-President and Editorial Director of HarperCollins Children’s Books/HarperTeen shares her knowledge on writing secondary characters with an example.
- Testing Tension: The Dot Test via WOW! Women on Writing: Using the dot test to map out where your manuscript sizzles or fizzles.
- 6 Tips for Creating Believable Characters That Win Over Readers via Writer’s Digest: Unless your characters are believable, very few readers will remain awake.
- How to Revolutionize Your Character Motivation via The Write Practice: Teasing out the highs and lows that create character motivation.
- Writing a Killer First Page via M.L. Keller: A list of “do’s” for your first page.
- On the Value of Studying Writing with Coaches by Martina Boone via Adventures in YA Publishing: An essay titled, “Accepting that You Can't Ever Get Your Story Perfect.”
- The Fundamental Secret to Finding Time to Write via The Write Practice: Instead of finding time to write, take the time.
- Writing Duo Finds Success with Sci-Fi Space Opera via Publishers Weekly: In July 2016, part one of Zenith, the first installment of the Androma Saga by authors Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg, reached the #1 spot on the young adult e-book list in its first week of publication.
- Amazon Charts, Amazon’s new bestseller list, ranks titles by ‘most read’ and more via TechCrunch: Amazon announces Amazon Charts, a new kind of bestseller list that will give users, for the first time ever, a top 20 list of “most read” books on Amazon.
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:
- CROOKED KINGDOM, SUN IS ALSO A STAR finalists for Teen Choice Book Awards via YA Interrobang: The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced the finalists for the 2017 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. Click the link for all the YA titles nominated this year
YA New Book Deals and Releases:
- What new YA books release this week? (May 16) via YA Interrobang: A list of new YA releases this week.
- What's New In YA ~ May 16th, 2017 via YA Books Central: Another great list of new YA books hitting shelves this week.
Just for Fun:
- DIY: Make Your Own Ramona Blue Tote Bag! via Epic Reads: Get crafty by making this Ramona Blue-inspired tote bag.
- 25+ Bookish Candles to Create The Perfect Reading Mood via Book Riot: If you read by candlelight, check out these bookish candles.
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