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?
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!)