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5 Sporty YA Books That Will Leave You Cheering
If you’re anything like me, you spent your childhood inhaling a whole slew of sports movies. Little Big League (that’s the one where the kid owns the Twins). Rookie of the Year (that’s the one where the kid’s arm makes an awesome ratchet noise when he pitches). The Little Giants (that’s the football one). There ...
Surviving Adam Meade,
The Game Can't Love You Back,
How to Breathe Underwater,
3 YA Female Character Tropes That Can See Themselves Out ASAP
Let’s face it—even though we’re living in the golden age of young adult fiction (I just decided this is true, you’re welcome), there are certain plotlines we see over and over. The star-crossed lovers. The hero destined to save the world. The big misunderstanding. For me, part of the fun of YA is seeing how authors ...
5 Things Book Lovers Want for Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day. The day that we all celebrate who we love, whether it’s a romantic partner, a best friend, or ourselves. Maybe you’re trying to come up with the perfect something for that special person in your life, and maybe that special person in your life, like you, loves books.Here are five romantic gestures that book ...
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Writing and Paragraph Length
There are many aspects of writing that you hear discussed again and again. Voice. Character. Plot. Dialogue. But let’s talk about one part of craft that you may not have thought about recently (or ever?): Paragraph length. Ok. Did you fall asleep? I hope you’re still with me. I know this topic may sound dry, but I promise ...
The First Three Things Editors Notice
It’s no secret that editors spend a lot of time reading. On the subway. At our desks. Over dinner. In the shower (I haven’t done this yet, but if I could figure out a way to do it without ruining my book or manuscript, I would totally do it). Since we read so much every day, our editor ...