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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Before I get to today's guest blog, I've got some links to share:

Interesting article on children's/YA publishing and the economy

John Green continues to discuss advances and royalties

Old but lovely essay by Ann Patchett on writing--"It should be noted that there are two blissful things about writing novels: making them up and seeing them finished. The days I spend in either of these two states are so sweet, they easily make the rest of the process bearable." I'm also quite fond of this: "Sometimes if there's a book you really want to read, you have to write it yourself."

Interesting article about how today's young adult novels are actually a new genre

Great tips on choosing a freelance editor

And now for this week's guest blog!

Today's guest blogger is Korianne, one of the Teen Author Carnival organizers, and who can normally be found blogging at Korianne Speaks

I asked: If you could get publishers to do one thing, what would that be?

Korianne said: Hire me? I need an internship or something when I move to NYC! But seriously, I would probably say do more to involve teens. Publishers like reviewers to review books, but I haven't seen them really getting teens involved. Maybe sponsoring a teen podcast or something would be great. I am no longer a "teen" but I live in the world of YA and I have confidence that readers are ready for whatever publishers throw at them.

I asked: What do you wish authors would do more of online?

Korianne said: Silly things! The blog posts, videos or tweets that are authors doing funny things are the ones I love the most! I love book promotion as much as the next reader, but authors who take the time to tell us about their everyday lives hold a special place in my heart. Tell me about yourself! You may think your life is boring, but I AM INTERESTED!

I asked: What is your favorite book of all time?

Korianne said: Okay, I am not a big fan of the "favorite" questions, but this is one I can answer honestly and happily. It's Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian, no contest. I know it's still new on the scene, but I don't give the "favorite" title lightly. It booted Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen from 7 years in the "favorite" position. I still hold Keeping The Moon and lots of other books dearly, but Same Difference got to me. It talks about wanting to be someone you are not in order to please other people & how being yourself is one of the most important things you can do. I think that's something that every person should know, but teens more than anything need to know that being themselves is the best thing they can do for themselves. I am 20 and the message still hit home with me.

I asked: Best young adult novel you've read recently?

Korianne said: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. When I borrowed it from a friend I knew nothing about it, and I do mean nothing. I thought the cover was awesome, that's about it. I expected it to be fluffy & cute, which is sometimes all I really need for it to be a good book. However this wasn't just a cutesy book. The main character of Anna falls in love, just like any typical teen romance. Not typical... her love is taken from her at such a young age. I know how tough losing a good friend and love interest can be as I lost a close friend at a young age and Ockler really hit the nail on the head with the crazy emotions you feel when something like this happens.

I asked: Best young adult novel that doesn't get nearly enough love?

Korianne said: Now this is a tough one! I live in the book blog world, so just about every book I have ever read has been reviewed multiple times on the blogs I follow. Honestly, if I go through my bookshelves there is probably not a book on them that I haven't read at least one review for. {Note: This is how you know you are addicted to reading blogs} However one book I haven't seen clogging the review boards is Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. It's not officially "Young Adult" but the topics and ages of the characters have me tending to categorize it that way. Combine that with the fact that it was released in 2005 before I started blogging might explain why I haven't seen it reviewed very often. And while it still might be a bit mature for some teen/tween readers I think it's must read.

I asked: What's one question you wish people would ask authors?

Korianne said: I love hearing about the inspirations of their books and how they got there start writing because I am a writer myself. However the questions that always stand out for me in interviews are the quirky or unique ones. The point of an interview for both the author and the interviewer is to have fun! So ask: Zombies or Unicorns? Do you like Karaoke? Do you have any stupid human tricks? and any random tidbits you would never know otherwise. Getting to know authors on a personal level is one of the things I love best about blogging. I feel privileged to call an author a friend and I am lucky that I get to chat with some of my favorite writers daily on twitter and throughout the blog world. I live in my online dream world and I couldn't be happier!

Thank you, Korianne! I'm really enjoying reading what all these amazing bloggers have to say about authors, publishing, and novels--and I hope you are too!

And of course, I'm going to give away copies of the books Korianne suggested I give away, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian. For your chance to win these books, just leave a comment by midnight EST this Friday, July 10th, telling me what young adult novel YOU feel doesn't get enough love.


Blogger Summer said...

I would say Marilyn Reynolds, she writes the True to Life Hamilton High Series and I think she should get more love. Her books are not necessarily literary but I feel they are very realistically written and they really spoke to me as a teen about the kind of lives that other teenagers live. My favorite titles from that series are Detour for Emmy and Too Soon for Jeff, both dealing with teen pregnancy. The other titles deal with a variety of heavy hitting subjects like that.

July 08, 2009 1:13 PM  
OpenID luckygirl1112 said...

Okay I have two that I think don't get nearly enough love. One's The Quest Of Dai: The Eroe by Vivian Marie Aubin du Paris and Courage In Patience by Beth Fehlbaum. Courage in Patience talks about real aspects of abuse and it's the only book that's every made me cry all the way through because these are real issues kids everywhere are going through. And the Quest of Dai is just an awesome book.

July 08, 2009 1:52 PM  
Blogger Share You Sweet Tread said...

I personally think that your book dont get that much credit Their amazing yet some bookstore are not as stacked with theme I also Think that L.J Smith Vampire Diares why well she wrote her book way before the Twilight Ser and everybody thinkg that she copyed SM Idead

July 08, 2009 2:16 PM  
Blogger So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I would say that Meg Rosoff's books don't get enough love as they should. I adore them; they're never the same and nearly always fabulous, but not many people agree with me!


July 08, 2009 3:50 PM  
Blogger Paradox said...

The Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman doesn't get enough love. It is a completely awesome series about people who cross over between our world and another, which is similar to Renaissance Italy. I LOVE these books, but I've met few who have read them, or even heard of them. :(

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July 08, 2009 4:10 PM  
OpenID critter6579 said...

I would say that Simone Elkeles doesn't get enough love.


July 08, 2009 4:27 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

C. Lee McKenzie would be my pick. Her debut YA novel, Sliding on the Edge didn't really get that much exposure. I absolutely loved that book!

July 08, 2009 5:19 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I personally think the Amelia Atwater-Rhodes books and "Story Time" by Edward Bloor don't get enough love. So far in school or library, I have never met a single person who has read any of her books. Also, the Midnighters Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld doesn't get much attention because they're eclipsed by the Uglies series.

July 08, 2009 5:23 PM  
Blogger ellie_enchanted said...

One of my favorite books ever is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith. I find it so sad that it, and so many other great books, don't get a lot of recognition.

July 08, 2009 6:47 PM  
Blogger Megg said...

Hmm... I think a lot of books I read don't get enought love. Two of my best reads diffently would go on the need-more-love list.

First is:
The Pretty One
by Cheryl Klam
I thought this book was a very good read! Its pretty much about two sisters- one ugly, one pretty. Then, ugly one gets in accident (pretty much pretty sisters fault) and needs all type of plastic surgery to become pretty again. The thing is, Ive read about 5 bookd with similar plot types and this one was the fastest read and most relastic yet no love?

Second one:

Eva Underground
by Dandi Daley Mackall
A book about Communist Poland in the 1970's. Before reading this book, I knew little about this so the book taught me a lot. Also, the love story was very sweet.

There a bunch others to, which I'm being reminded of when I just checked my Goodreads account to get author names, but I'll stop now before I tell you about to many books :)

July 08, 2009 7:34 PM  
Blogger Janssen said...

Hunger Games. Um, wait, never mind :)

I think Little Brother didn't get nearly the hype it deserved. I LOVED that book.

July 08, 2009 10:51 PM  
Blogger pepsivanilla said...

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

This book is just so great, but I think maybe I've seen it on a book blog once. The authors' other books are definitely worth checking out too (Dream Factory, and Jars of Glass).


July 09, 2009 12:55 AM  
Blogger Llehn said...

I would go with Cindy Pon's Silver Phoenix. I think more people could love the book because it is awesome!


July 09, 2009 1:10 AM  
Blogger robby said...

i already have Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian, i just haven't read it yet. now i'm even more excited.

there are quite a few books i feel are overlooked all the time. All the books by either Rachel Cohn or Julie Anne Peters. Rachel Cohn's books are funny and she was the Norah half of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. And Julie Anne Peters writes LGBT books for teenagers, and she's just brilliant.


July 09, 2009 9:09 AM  
Blogger Korianne said...


Thanks again for letting me guest blog! It was so much fun!


July 09, 2009 11:08 AM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

I think that the STUDY series by Maria V Snyder doesn't get enough love. POISON STUDY, MAGIC STUDY, and FIRE STUDY are three amazing stories which tell the story of Yelena, who comes out of a horrible past, living in the north of this world as she discovers she has magic, forbidden in the north. She then falls in love with Valek, the man who is ordered by the Commander to murder everyone who has magic. It's truly amazing, but if I say the book title, no one has ever heard of it. The series is filled with romance, adventure, action, and Yelena isn't the damsel in distress. She fights for herself, shows others who is boss. I loved it.

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July 09, 2009 1:18 PM  
Blogger Eliz S. said...

Oh, there's so many hidden gems out there just waiting to be read! hmmm... It's hard to narrow it down but some books that I think deserve more attention are Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey, Just One Wish by Janette Rallison, and Girl v. Boy by Yvonne Collins. I can't think of anymore to add at the moment... lol

July 09, 2009 5:37 PM  

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