Hello, readers! It's Kate today, and I'm here with our newest feature: book news! I'll be covering awesome happenings in the book world, and including some links to fantastic book stuff.
But first, don't forget our Twitter chat is TONIGHT (Friday the 14th) on the #YAStands hashtag. We sometimes do query crits, games, giveaways, etc., and you're always sure to have a great time talking about books our awesome group of aspiring, agented, and published authors. Show up at 9:00 pm central time/10:00 EST and come tell us what you're reading. We love questions, too, so if you're looking for a book recommendation, let us know! Last time we all discussed great examples of multiple POV YA, male POV YA, YA featuring close 3rd person POV, YA tragedies, great beach reads in YA, and all sorts of things. If you're looking for your next great book, come ask the group!
Speaking of, you definitely have to check out this link for Literary Dopplegangers; click the book cover and it will show you what to read if you liked that book. Loved The Fault in Our Stars or The Night Circus? This will show you a similar title to read next.
If you haven't read The Fault in Our Stars, by the way, it's one of my top reads from last year. With over a million copies in print, lauded USA Today and Entertainment Weekly as one of the best books of the year, and named TIME's best fiction book of 2012, the story is a hilarious, insightful, tragic look at love and youth. You're missing out if you haven't seen the author's (John Green) explanation of why this book is so successful.
Author talks and book signings can definitely be a part of making a book successful, but few of us know how to handle them. If you're doing a reading or just preparing in advance, check out author Randy Susan Meyers' 10 Tips for Writers Reading in Public.
Another great inside look at the author life is this conversation between Sarah Dessen and her editor, Regina Hayes. It's definitely worth reading if you love Sarah Dessen's work, wonder about the author-editor relationship, or want to get a peak into the industry.
What link list wouldn't be complete without something from Chuck Wendig? Read his 25 Things to Know About Sexism and Misogyny in Writing and Publishing. Follow his advice, send it out on social media, make your friends read it, wrap it up as an early Christmas gift... You get the point.
Don't forget to come to our Twitter chat tonight! Last time we trended for an hour and a half, and it was a blast. Hope to see you there!