We've reached the half-way point in June and the pipeline of new YA book releases is going strong! I have interviews below with these debut and seasoned authors, as well as YA adaptation news, and our regular scheduled programming of links on writing craft and publishing trends.
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Writing for Publication—Queries and Submissions:
- How to Immediately Improve Your Query Letter’s Effectiveness via Jane Friedman: Tips on how much detail to include, query length, and more.
- Also see the Pitch Wars Query and First Pages Workshops link under the Writing and Pitch Contests section below for more helpful critiques.
Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:
- Authors, Grow Your Fan Base By Leading A Book Club via Digital Book World: Authors who create their own online book clubs can expand their reader base and make their books more discoverable.
- Hey Author, Don’t Ask Questions, Just Start a Newsletter via Nathan Bransford: An overview of newsletters and how to set one up.
- Sherman Alexie and the Tricky Art of Memoir via NYT Books: Sherman Alexie shares how his difficult childhood inspired his upcoming memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.
- Sandhya Menon Q&A via Riveted: Sandhya Menon and her editor, Jennifer Ung, interview each other.
- Author Of The Week: Chat with Elle Cosimano (The Suffering Tree), Plus Giveaway!! via YA Books Central: YABC interviews their YA Author of the Week, Elle Cosimano.
- Q & A with Mackenzi Lee via Publishers Weekly: Interview with Mackenzi Lee, author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.
- Want Author Cindy Pon Talks Sci-Fi Worldbuilding and Odd Futures with Rhoda Belleza via The B&N Teen Blog: Cindy Pon, author of Want, talks with Rhoda Belleza, author of Empress of a Thousand Skies, about worldbuilding, weird science, and how the future is now.
- Must-read YA: 'I'm Not in the Band' by Amber Garza (and interview!) via Happily Ever After: Interview with Amber Garza about her novel, I’m Not In the Band.
- Interview: Jodi Lynn Anderson, author of ‘Midnight at the Electric’ via Happily Ever After: Interview with Jodi Lynn Anderson on her latest novel.
- 10 Authors Discuss Adoption, Indigenous Superheroes, and More in June's YA Open Mic via The B&N Teen Blog: YA Open Mic is a monthly series in which YA authors share personal stories on topics of their choice; this month’s authors include Sarah Dessen, Ambelin Kwaymullina, S.K. Ali, and more.
- 20 Of Your Most Burning Questions Answered By Cassandra Clare via BuzzFeed Books: Members of the BuzzFeed community ask Cassandra Clare their most burning questions.
- Author Chat with Adele Griffin (Be True To Me), Plus Giveaway! via YA Books Central: A chat with Adele Griffin, author of Be True To Me.
Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:
- Cora Carmack, author of ROAR, on writing things that scare her
- Julie Eshbaugh, author of OBSIDIAN AND STARS, on trusting your instincts
- Keely Hutton, author of SOLDIER BOY, on Dory’s mantra of JUST KEEP SWIMMING
- Kimberly McCreight, author of THE SCATTERING, on an extremely long and exceedingly bumpy road to publication
- Elle Cosimano, author of THE SUFFERING TREE, on there being a time to be brave and take risks
- Catherine Egan, author of JULIA DEFIANT, on unlocking the next book
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- Agent Update: Becky LeJeune of the Bond Literary Agency via Writer’s Digest: Update on what Becky LeJeune is seeking and submission details.
- AGENT SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH BIBI LEWIS and QUERY CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY via Literary Rambles: Interview with Bibi Lewis, associate literary agent at The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshops via Brenda Drake: A quick reminder that Pitch Wars opens on August 2, and if you’re polishing your manuscript and query, check out this archive of critiques to help you along.
- How To Create a Sense of Time and Place in YA Fiction via Epic Reads: HarperTeen’s editorial director Jen Klonsky breaks down Jodi Lynn Anderson’s vivid and detailed storytelling in her new YA fiction novel, Midnight At The Electric.
- Two Easy-to-use Tools the will Dramatically Improve Your Dialogue via Operation Awesome: Quick article on replacing dialogue tags with action.
- Filter Words and Phrases to Avoid in Writing Fiction via Anne R. Allen: Removing filter words from your writing and replacing them with stronger narrative.
- 75 Questions to Help You Get to Know Your Characters via The Writers Alley: Get to know your characters before you put them into action by answering this comprehensive list of questions.
- How to Begin a Story: 3 Quick Ways to Improve Beginnings and Endings via The Write Practice: Great tips to help you begin or end a story.
- 5 Things All Writers Should Know When Writing a Second Novel via Writer’s Digest: Tips to help writers with starting their second novel.
- Celebrating Milestones via Sub It Club: Enjoying the smaller moments along your writing journey.
- The Secret Every Frustrated Writer Needs to Know via The Write Practice: Fighting your way through the creative gap.
Publishing News & Trends:
- Danielle Macdonald Joins The Dumplin Movie Cast! via Epic Reads: The Dumplin’ adaptation has cast its Willowdean.
- What new YA covers hit the web in May 2017? via YA Interrobang: ICYMI, all the YA cover reveals from May.
- Story of a Girl: Watch the trailer for Kyra Sedgwick's directing debut via EW: The real story here is that Story of a Girl is an adaptation of Sara Zarr’s novel, which will air on Lifetime.
- Keiynan Lonsdale Joins the Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda Movie Cast via Epic Reads: The latest addition to the Simon movie cast.
- Powerhouse YA Authors on World-Building and Agency | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017 via School Library Journal: Recap of the Day of Dialog with YA authors discussing world-building, family dynamics, and how actions drive plot.
- MGM Acquires ‘Every Day;’ Michael Sucsy Directs, Angourie Rice Stars In YA Adaptation via Deadline: MGM has acquired the rights to produce Every Day, the feature adaptation to David Levithan’s bestselling YA novel
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 wins the Teen Choice Book Awards. via YA Interrobang: Congratulations to Leigh Bardugo!
YA New Book Deals and Releases:
- New Releases this week 06/12-06/18 plus 4 Giveaways! via Adventures in YA Publishing: Our weekly list of new releases and giveaways!
- What's New In YA ~ June 13th, 2017 via YA Books Central: YABC’s weekly look at new YA releases.
- What new YA books release this week? (June 13) via YA Interrobang: Rounding out the trifecta, another list of new YA books hitting shelves this week.
Just for Fun:
- YA Series That Need Their Own Netflix Shows via Harlequin TEEN: Is your favorite series on the list?
- Smells Like Trouble: Candles Inspired By Badass YA Heroines via Book Riot: Love YA? Love candles? This list has you covered.