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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Today's guest blogger is Devyn, another of the Teen Author Carnival organizers and the founder of Five Awesome YA Fans (also on YouTube). He also runs a book charity called BookTransfusion --and their annual book drive is starting soon!

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

Devyn said: I think that it is very vital for publishing houses to realize the trend of online blogging. Teens these days are no longer enticed by colorful posters in bookstores or women the age of our grandmother telling us about the new "hip book".

Teens would rather hear about a book from someone their age. They do so by reading online book blogs. Most publishers support the book blogging community however most do not care to take part. Its one thing sending out an ARC but another to actually work with the blogger.

So in the end what I am saying is the publishing world is changing. Bloggers can help make or break a book and publishers really need to understand this if they want to stay ahead in the game. Not to mention online blogs provide and outlet for young and inspiring authors--an author that one day could make your publishing house known worldwide.

I said: What do you wish authors would do more of online? I know you've talked about this on your site, so going off that, what do you think is the best social media site for authors to use to connect with fans?

Devyn said: I think it is VERY important for an author to get to know their fans. One myspace comment (better yet "tweet" for you trendy folks!) can mean the world to a fan. An extra bonus is getting to know them by their picture--imagine meeting your greatest inspiration and them saying "Hey *INSERT NAME HERE*!" like you have been best friends forever.

And as for Social Media--I love it. It is possibly the greatest tool that an author can have--instant FREE access to your fans. Instant communication. It is an amazing deal like no other. Seriously, If you are an author reading this and you do not "have time" to run a social media account--Make time, it is the greatest marketing tool of all time!

As for media sites I currently suggest Twitter (www.twitter.com) -- Its the simplest social networking site as you can update it from your CELLPHONE! Imagine updating your information--with one easy text message!

Myspace was a trend--but you will see that it is slowly dying as it is trying to be more like FaceBook and not creating original ideas.

FaceBook is a good tool... But in my views it is dying as well. Teens are leaning twoards the satisfaction of a 140 character reply--also known as Twitter!

I keep seeing mention of Tumblr- (http://www.tumblr.com)-I personally know nothing about this site. However I am seeing more and more people using it. If you are an experienced web user why not give it a shot.

In a nutshell if you are not using social networking sites, USE THEM--If you already are KUDOS TO YOU!

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

Devyn said: I love books. I don't think I could pick just one!

I must admit that I have an amazing copy of Ironside by Holly Black. I won't go into detail--but it is possibly one of the most amazing copies out there. :p

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

Devyn said: Uhh, Are you sure you don't want to ask another media question? I hate playing favorites!

I've just read Vintage and Becoming Chloe. They are both amazingly good!

Vintage Review: http://fdreview.blogspot.com/2009/04/steve-berman-vintage.html

Becoming Chloe Review: http://fdreview.blogspot.com/2009/05/becoming-chloe-catherine-ryan-hyde.html

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

Devyn said:
Tips on having a gay (ex) boyfriend - Carrie Jones
Lessons From A Dead Girl - Jo Knowles

Seriously, I don't care who you are these are two amazing books dealing with real issues and everyone should read them!

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

Devyn said: Did you always want to become and author or did you at one point in life have another career choice in mind?

Devyn, thanks so much for your time, and for sharing your thoughts--not to mention all the work you're doing for the YA community!

Devyn's also listed a lot of books, but one of them (Vintage) is out of print, so this week I'll be giving away a copy of: Ironside by Holly Black, Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Tips on Having A Gay (Ex) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones, and Lessons From A Deal Girl by Jo Knowles

For your chance to win, just leave a comment by midnight EST this Friday, July 3rd, at midnight and tell me what social media platform you use most often: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter--or something else? (I have to admit, while MySpace use seems to be far less popular than it was, I'm not sure I'd count it as dead yet, and I'm not seeing a lot of people under 21 on twitter...but hey, I'll know better when I hear from YOU!)


Blogger barbrafl said...

I use twitter more than I use any other networking site. I have to admit that I do not have my own page on myspace/facebook, and don't plan upon it. I see all that as a waste of time, personally. I don't post details on twitter, but use the site to follow other people/writers/actors when I like to know what's going on in their lives.

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

July 01, 2009 12:06 PM  
Blogger Diana Dang said...

Fun interview!

Would blogger be considered as one? Well, I use Facebook but Twitter might be catchig up to it!

July 01, 2009 1:16 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

I primarily use Facebook as a way to keep in touch with out of state friends and photo sharing. I just created a Twitter account last week, but I haven't done much with it and am not sure what my 'voice' should be. I don't use either of these to connect with authors. Rather, I prefer reading their blogs (like this one!), if available.

July 01, 2009 1:33 PM  
OpenID mroctober said...

Actually, Vintage isn't out of print. A new edition was released last year by Lethe Press.

July 01, 2009 1:54 PM  
Blogger ellie_enchanted said...

I use Facebook. I don't have Twitter, because, honestly, I don't anyone is interested in reading constant updates about my doings. So, yeah...


July 01, 2009 2:09 PM  
OpenID speckldharted22 said...

I personally use twitter the most of any online websites. I love seeing what others have to say about their lives and how much my life is like others. I do post what I do on there, because why not tell the world what you're doing at that exact moment?


July 01, 2009 5:37 PM  
Blogger Share You Sweet Tread said...

I like twitter too me it like blogging with a maxime of 120 word I like seeing what people that I might never meet do and it keep me up to date with authers that I dont have the oppurunity to meet :)

July 01, 2009 5:44 PM  
Blogger purplg8r said...

Great interview!

For a while, I was strictly Myspace...then my friends convinced me to sign up for Facebook and I am now addicted to that and hardly ever use Myspace anymore...and I haven't gotten into Twitter yet

July 01, 2009 7:00 PM  
Blogger shelburns said...

Devyn is amazing! Great interview. I have to admit that Twitter is my social media of choice. I love being able to talk to so many people at once.

I agree with Devyn. More publishers should work with bloggers - we really do make a difference.

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

July 01, 2009 7:04 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Currently, I'm most actively using Twitter. I'm online a large portion of the day doing schoolwork, and I pop in there occasionally. It's a lot of fun, and I've gotten into a couple interesting conversations.

I've just started trying to use myspace. I'm mainly just playing around with it.

I also use Goodreads. That's a really fun way to see what's going on in other people's book lives. There are SO many blogger's on there!

This was a really intriguing interview!

July 01, 2009 8:11 PM  
OpenID blowingrain said...

I use Tumblr! It's like a blog, but so much better. The dashboard may be a little clogged up with posts, but you can just go to your page where you follow everyone and see if they've posted. And there are a bunch of pretty pictures people post. Like cupcakes, jewelry, quotes that are so true, food, pretty people, and more. And I get to read all of the FML stories along with what my friends post me. It's really fun to use, and follow the most interesting people, who come from other places around the globe.

July 01, 2009 8:14 PM  
Blogger Paradox said...

I'm not a member of Myspace or Facebook. I do use Twitter, but not very often. Mostly I use Blogger, forums, and Nings to connect online.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

July 01, 2009 8:50 PM  
Blogger Brenna said...

Twitter. Definitely.

July 01, 2009 11:20 PM  
Blogger Lilibeth Ramos said...

You're kidding, right? I use Twitter all the time, most used media platform. And I'm thirteen-years-old. I am right now tweeting Dakota Cassidy, and have been tweeting other book bloggers and authors since I made my account. I don't you see people under 21 on Twitter you're not really looking, and I don't mean that harshly. It's just that a lot of authors do not realize the age of the person they're talking to unless they ask. I think it's due to the way we speak to authors that's more maturely than you could have imagined for kids and teens in my age group.

July 01, 2009 11:29 PM  
Blogger Ashley Michelle said...

I'm a little obsessed with Twitter, I'm not going to lie. But I also use Facebook and Myspace pretty equally for different things.

I use Twitter to follow fellow unpublished writers, stalk published writers whom I particularly admire, and keep up-to-date with the goings-on of several of the agents whose blogs I follow.

I use Facebook to stalk my friends, family, and (again) published authors and a few music artists.

Myspace... Well. I'm really only on that these days because it was the first one I had and some of my friends from there STILL don't have Twitter/Facebook/anything else, so it's my only means of contact with them (they're from various high school summer camps). I also like to enter the contests sometimes, so I guess it's not all bad.


July 01, 2009 11:54 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Right now I use mostly Twitter and Facebook. I would have said just Twitter a few weeks ago, but I've been using Facebook more often now, and was away from Twitter for a few days earlier in the week. *shrugs*

chris374358 AT gmail DOT com

July 02, 2009 4:26 AM  
Blogger Jennie said...

I use twitter, but I use it at work and read and tweet and when I'm bored. From what I've seen most young adult novelists feeds seemed to be followed by other writers, wannabe writers or librarians.

July 02, 2009 7:15 AM  
Blogger Jennie said...

And because I forgot my email address: jenniester@gmail.com

July 02, 2009 7:16 AM  
Blogger Llehn said...

I'm a blogger user.


July 02, 2009 8:42 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

The one I use the most is Blogger, though I'm not sure if that counts. Other than that Facebook is the front runner out of Myspace and Twitter ( Sorry, to the people who love twitter, but I don't really see a point in it).

July 02, 2009 9:03 AM  
Blogger WhatBriReads said...

I use myspace most, mainly for keeping in contact with out of state/country friends. Though I definitely don't use it as much as I used to. I don't like all of the changes that they've done.


July 02, 2009 9:26 AM  
Blogger robby said...

i have a myspace, but it's definately going out of style.
facebook is alright, but it's confusing and my computer always freezes.
twitter is wonderful.
and then there's my blog.
i've never really thought much about using tumblr.
blogspot works for now. :)


July 02, 2009 10:35 AM  
Blogger Summer said...

I used Facebook because that's where my peeps are. I check it several times a day. Nobody really seems to be making the switch to Twitter. I also have a Twitter for this blog and a Twitter for my personal life but I usually use that one just to tweet replies to Anoop Desai and I'm glad my friends are around to see how embarrassing I am. I feel a little lame about twitter because I don't have an iPhone or anything so I can only check it when I'm on the computer. I feel like Twitter must be way more fun when you can tweet all the time!

July 02, 2009 1:32 PM  
Blogger teenybits said...

Definitely twitter.

July 02, 2009 1:48 PM  
Blogger Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Fun interview! I use to be on Myspace all the time, but now a days I just use Facebook. I'm kind of back and forth on Twitter.


July 02, 2009 10:39 PM  
OpenID luckygirl1112 said...

I use bookdivas.com, myspace,blogger, and wordpress. I'm not much for Twitter but I do have one. I really love Bookdivas and blogger though.


July 03, 2009 12:19 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I definately use Facebook the most because almost all my friends have a Facebook and nobody I know well has Twitter. And your right Myspace is a lot less popular but its not dead yet.


July 03, 2009 10:10 AM  
OpenID kmessner said...

Great discussion. I use LiveJournal, Facebook, and Twitter but find myself leaning the most toward Twitter these days. (I'm @KateMessner there!)

~Kate (kmessner at katemessner dot com)

July 03, 2009 4:59 PM  
Blogger jama said...

Facebook and Live Journal.

Great interview!! :)

July 03, 2009 5:19 PM  
Blogger BeeLeigh said...

Facebook, definitely. It's become the main way to share photos, invite people to events, and share mor of yourself. I started following Twitter during the Iran election protests and even created an account, but I'm wordy. I need more than 140 characters! And I feel too old for MySpace at 24. :P I'm Brittany, a former student of Jo's. beeleigh312@yahoo.com

July 03, 2009 7:00 PM  
Blogger aaernst said...

I'm on facebook the most, but I'm starting to twitter. I also use typepad for my blog "random acts of writing",

July 03, 2009 7:30 PM  
OpenID harmonybookreviews said...

I definitely use Twitter the most. It's so easy to update and you don't have to fill out a bunch of useless info.

I also like Facebook WAY more than Myspace. Much less spammy.


July 03, 2009 7:44 PM  
Blogger penryn said...

I use facebook the most, with twitter a distant second, and myspace an even distanter third.

July 03, 2009 7:57 PM  
Blogger mollypolly said...

I have never used twitter but I need to get with the program I guess! I use Facebook all the time - it's a great way to communicate with my library patrons - but I think twitter might be better for my teens at the library and get them excited about new YA books.

July 03, 2009 8:08 PM  
Blogger RichLayers said...

I go in and out on twitter... sometimes I really like it and sometimes I'd rather just avoid it. I am on facebook a LOT and have integrated my livejournal posts to upload on there as notes and my twitter posts to import as status updates... so facebook wins for me.

July 03, 2009 10:54 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I use Facebook the most, but also Twitter fairly often.

July 03, 2009 10:59 PM  

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