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When you're a writer, there's nothing more difficult --- or rewarding --- than finishing the first draft of a novel. You may think that a book's journey is over here, but then comes the editing and revising stage. While authors improve their skills with each and every draft, writing a book never really gets easier, especially as you become more and more imaginitive. In this post, author Erica Cameron tells us about the toughest book she ever wrote, which happens to be her most recent, SEA OF STRANGERS.
Sometimes inspiration can hit you in the most unexpected places. For Martin Niewood, author of FORGOTTEN VIOLETS, inspiration struck in a paralyzing nightmare. This nightmare was just the beginning of his process in creating an entire world that he calls the Domain. As an indie author, Martin has learned a lot about what publishing. Through his experience, he has learned five valuable lessons that he wants to share with our readers!
December 1, 2017

AudioFile Best Books of the Year 2017

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The end of the year is nearly here and it's time for readers and booklovers everywhere to start deciding how they'll remember 2017. Did you read a bunch of different books from different genres and authors, or stick to a shorter, pre-decided list? Did you find a new favorite you weren't expecting? Readers and publications are all figuring out their "Best Of" lists and AudioFile, a magazine that reviews audiobooks, profiles narrators and is always the first to know about hot new listens, has compiled their list of the best YA audiobooks from this year!
Some authors write a book, get an agent, sell and achieve bestseller status quickly --- and in that order. They’re the ones you tend to hear a lot about. I was not one of those authors. I wrote my first, dreadful novel one rainy summer about six years ago. My husband and I had accepted buyouts from the newspaper we both met and worked at and moved from New Jersey to Maine. It wasn’t exactly a whim. It was more of a desire for a life reset. A call to adventure. If it was a story, it would be an inciting incident.
Each year during the month of November, aspiring and experienced authors worldwide participate in NaNoWriMo --- that's National Novel Writing Month for you newbies. Participants write a little each day and work towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th. It may sound hectic and vaguely terrifying, but the NaNo community is always there to help --- there are forums and Twitter threads dedicated to participants and many develop lifelong bonds without ever leaving their homes. This year, we will be speaking to four writers who are participating in NaNoWriMo. We will check in with them each week to see how their novels are coming along and what obstacles or excitements they find along the way! - Check out week's one post HERE
Each year during the month of November, aspiring and experienced authors worldwide participate in NaNoWriMo --- that's National Novel Writing Month for you newbies. Participants write a little each day and work towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th. It may sound hectic and vaguely terrifying, but the NaNo community is always there to help --- there are forums and Twitter threads dedicated to participants and many develop lifelong bonds without ever leaving their homes. This year, we will be speaking to four writers who are participating in NaNoWriMo. We will check in with them each week to see how their novels are coming along and what obstacles or excitements they find along the way!
October 26, 2017

Read a Q&A with Nic Stone, Author of DEAR MARTIN

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In DEAR MARTIN, Nic Stone's unforgettable debut novel, readers follow high school senior Justyce McAllister on an emotional journey that will leave him questioning everything he knows. Justyce is set for the Ivy League next year --- but that doesn't matter to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released, but the incident leaves Justyce contemplative and on edge. He can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. Struggling to cope, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure. In this Q&A with Nic Stone, Random House Children's Books gets to the heart of DEAR MARTIN and what Nic hopes readers will take away from this incredible book.  
Held in historic Morristown, New Jersey, the Morristown Festival of Books draws readers --- and authors --- of all different areas, interests and genres. Now four years old, the Festival has grown to include major authors and is one of Morristown’s biggest events all year. After finding out that Teenreads.com’s very own Rebecca Munro was moderating a YA panel, I knew I had to go. Actually (and, probably, shamefully) this was my first teen book event, so it was even more exciting.
Every labor day weekend I have the wonderful opportunity to attend the largest independent book festival in the nation! Every year I get to meet and hear from a bunch of fabulous YA authors! The AJC Decatur Book Festival takes place in Decatur, Georgia, and showcases authors from almost any genre as well as art, music and so much more. This year was one of the most memorable festivals I have ever attended!
Teenreads kicked off October in one of the best ways imaginable: heading to New York Comic Con, a celebration of all things bookish, nerdy and just plain awesome. Between editorial coordinator Rebecca Munro, intern Dana, reviewers Katherine and Matthew, and reader Brian, we had a full team covering the panels, showroom floor and the whole atmosphere of the weekend. Read below for a quick overview of everyone's NYCC experience and come back soon for more in-depth coverage of the panels we all attended.