Many of you have probably already heard about or visited this site, but for those of you who haven't, you should. Especially if you like to write or read Young Adult books. Arguably, the hottest, most exciting age group by the way!
This is why I like I like it:
I like how the site is run by a group of contributors (writers--some published, some not YET) that who have a lot to say about YA literature and publishing. It is almost like an encyclopedia of knowledge--links, information, agents, conferences, writing craft, etc. Whatever stage of the writing game you're at, you can find the help you need. You just finished your first draft ever, what now? You're done with revisions, but now you need to get a social platform going--how? And after some querying rejection, need some inspiration? YA Highway has it.
I like how I can put a link to the highway on my blog and with one click of the mouse I can focus in on some good stuff. There is a TON of reading out there in the blogosphere, and sifting through it to find the real helpful stuff can be hard, not to mention time zapping. You know what I mean: you intend to check one or two blogs for five minutes, then an hour later you come up for air and wonder if you will ever get that time back. YOU WONT.
I like how the contributors are both published and yet to be published. This way we get to see their success as they go. I don't know about you, but I absolutely love to hear people announce their book deals or agent signings online. I get so stoked for them, and dream of the day it will happen to me. This is the case with contributor Kristin Halbrook. She has recently announced her two book deal, starting with her debut Will and Zoe to Harper's Childrens, through agent Suzie Townsend. I love Suzie Townsend by the way and am always glad to hear when her clients do well.
I like how it is a forum for writers and readers to share with each other. There's a lot of ways to find out what is hot in YA right now. You can go to a conference and ask agents. You can go to a bookstore and peruse the best selling racks. You can hire a personal assistant to research the matter and debrief you. Or you can go to a site like this and quickly find out what YA is buzzing about.
So Be in the "In Crowd" and join the YA Highway!