We run the names, book blurbs, covers, purchase and goodreads links for upcoming YA releases as part of our YA Books In Stores Next Week Friday 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!
Inspired Openings on Mondays 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 August for Inspired Openings posts.
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Tuesday 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 September for Craft posts.
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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 October for WOW Wednesday posts.
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Thursday Character Bucket List posts offer authors a chance to showcase their characters in a completely different way. 250 word minimum, no rules except that you tell us what does a character in the book want to do before he or she dies? Why? Use the opportunity to include a background on the character and his/her arc and story. We are currently scheduling into August for Character Bucket List posts.
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If you would like to participate in a Craft of Writing, WOW Wednesday, Character Bucket List, or Inspired Opening series, please contact us at AdventuresInYAPub [at] icloud dot com so we can get you in 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 posts, WOW Wednesday posts, Character Bucket Lists, and Inspired Openings, please include a two to three sentence 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 me know when you send the post, and I can send you the name of the winner.
There is absolutely no obligation to do a giveaway! I understand author copies are limited, so I want to make it clear that I am not asking for copies, only offering. On the other hand, guest posts take a long time to build, and it is only fair to the authors who do want to include a promotional copy that we differentiate that in some way. WOW Wednesday posts, Craft posts, and Inspired Openings with giveaways will include the full book blurb and purchase links. Posts without giveaways will include a cover or author photo and links back to your author site. All Character Bucket Lists will include include full book blurb and purchase links.
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. Starting in October, we will review one original entry, plus two revisions only for the first five entries accepted. (We used to run the whole month.) 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 November 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 welcome these but don't have a regular schedule. If you'd like to do one, please let us know. We'd love to have you!
Thanks so much, everyone!
Martina and Jan