Blog Wednesday: YAtopia
Last week I chose to highlight YA Highway, and it was a hit. I got more views on that post than ever. People who follow my blog love YA, and really showed enthusiasm for a larger scale forum where published and unpublished YA authors get together to offer resources, advice, entertainment and inspiration.
Thus YAtopia. I found out about this blog by a commenter on the YA Highway post: Jolene Perry over at Been Writing? She told me to check it out and I did. And here's what I loved about it:
The contributors are made up of 8 writers that come in all shapes, sizes, nationalities, and genders. Yes, I said "genders." They have a dude. A YA author dude named DJ who has a really cool sounding book out called Hunted. I gotta check that out.
They are "legit." They don't just mess around with fluffy posts all the time. They have something to offer. For example, last week one writer named Chanelle Gray linked to her blog about a Pitch Contest with her agent Victoria Marini. And the day before, they had another Pitch Contest going with Vickie Motter. AND the week before they had a Full Manuscript Review contest with Bree Ogden. To me, this kind of stuff is why I blog: opportunities. I dig that.
They just flat give stuff away. All the time. Signed ARC's. New books. And tons of advice, lessons, and laughs. They are a cool group of peeps. I like them. I hope to meet some of them someday. You know, hob-nobbing with other cool writers at some fabulous event meant for the cool kids. I see authors do that all the time: post pictures of themselves with other writers of note.
So check it one time.