CURRENT GIVEAWAY CONTESTS
Here are my current Giveaway Contests
Blood Rose Rebellion through March 25th
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop through March 28th
Agent Kate McKean Query Critique and BRACED giveaway through April 1st
Kristy Hunter Query Critique Giveaway through April 8th
THE SOMEDAY BIRDS through April 8th
Upcoming Agent Spotlights and Query Critique Giveaways
Tracy Marchini on 4/17/2017
Loren Oberweger on 5/10/2017
Alyssa Jennette on 5/24/2017
Bibi Lewis on 6/12/2017
Kelly Van Sant on 6/21/2017
ANDREA PYROS GUEST POST AND MY YEAR OF EPIC ROCK GIVEAWAY
So here’s Andrea.
5 Things I Learned From Working at Teen Magazines
1. If something doesn’t feel quite right, it’s probably not working (aka trust your gut)
Ever work on a story or piece and there’s one area that isn’t quite flowing, but you think, “Oh, it’s fine, I’ll just send it on through? Maybe no one else will notice.”
Don’t do that.
If it’s not working for you, it won’t work for your readers, either. If you’re lucky, someone will catch it in the editing process and tell you to fix it, but if you’re not, it will get published and you’ll always look at that spot and beat yourself up for not changing it when you had the chance.
2. Everyone benefits from being edited
Do not fight over every comma, period or inside joke you’ve put in to your story. If someone is questioning what you wrote, think hard about his or her feedback. Are you being resistant to changing it because you feel strongly that it’s really, really, really good, or do you just hate to get any criticism? Take a deep breath. Your piece may be much stronger if you make that revision. And understand that all writers need a good editor—it’s not a mark of failure!
3. Cool it on the slang
When you read books from the good ole’ days, do they stand up or does the hip, happening lingo (I kid!) throw you off? Try to avoid too much trendy, of-the-moment slang. It will quickly date your piece and distract your readers from the real emotion and drama in your story. Check out S.E. Hinton or Judy Blume, two talented writers whose books are decades old but seem as fresh and smart as ever because those authors kept their language crisp, direct and clear.
4. Kids want to see themselves reflected in the pages (aka no kidding)
One of my bosses was an early adopter of putting real girls in our magazine—he felt that their quotes and
5. Avoid preachiness
No one likes to be told what to do or what’s “wrong” and what’s “right.” I don’t like it, you don’t like it, and your readers think it’s annoying, too. I wrote weekly advice columns on body talk and relationships at YM.com for years, and I tried very hard to hear what my readers were asking and how they were feeling about a situation, which in turn informed how I’d respond. Sure, it’s absolutely reasonable to show the consequences of an action in your story. But refrain from “I told you so” (the worst!) or “If I were you…” (second worst). You’ll just turn people off.
Thanks for all the great advice, Andrea. You can find Andrea at www.andreapyros and on Twitter @AndreaPyros
Here’s a blurb of MY YEAR OF EPIC ROCK:
How to survive the seventh grade? Make some Noise!
A funny relatable tale about friendship, first crushes and…anaphylactic shock?
It’s the first day of seventh grade, and Nina already can’t wait for the year to be over. When her best friend ditches her to hang out with the popular new girl, Nina is forced to socialize with “her own kind”- banished to the peanut-free table with the other allergy outcasts.
Nina thinks she’s finally found her feet when she forms a band with the other allergic kids called the EpiPens. But then a whole new set of middle school minefields head her way- like how to win her BFF back and what would happen if she finally kisses her crush for the first time after he’s just eaten a PB&J sandwich.
This rollicking middle-grade debut from journalist Andrea Pyros rings with authenticity, and is a must read story for any tween who has ever struggled to find her place in middle school. Nina’s journey from shy follower to seventh grade rock star will encourage young readers to stand up for themselves, find their true friends, and make some noise!
About the Author: Andrea Pyros has worked as a magazine editor, celebrity interviewer, and cookie wrangler. A native of New York City, Andrea now lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and their two children, one of whom has food allergies and the other of whom refuses to eat eggs even though he can. You can visit her at www.andreapyros.com.
Andrea’s publisher Sourcebooks has generously offered a copy of MY YEAR OF EPIC ROCK for a giveaway. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment through October 18th. I’ll announce the winner on October 20th. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, please leave it in the comments.
If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. You must be 13 or older to enter. This is for US and Canada only.
Here’s what’s coming up:
On Monday I have a guest post by long time follower C. Lee McKenzie and a giveaway of her YA contemporary DOUBLE NEGATIVE.
Next Wednesday I'm giving away a number of recently released Harper Collins middle grade books that I know many of you would enjoy.
The following Monday after that I have a guest post by another long time follower and debut author Kim Van Sickler and a giveaway of her YA contemporary SNACHED IN GULLYBROOK.
Tuesday that week I’m participating in the Spooktacular Book Giveaway Blog Hop. I’ll have lots of great choices for you or an Amazon Gift Card if you don’t like what I picked.
And the Monday after that, I’ve got a huge celebration giveaway because we’ve reached over 4000 GFC followers.
And don’t forget Casey’s Thursday Agent Spotlights.
Hope to see you on Monday!
Posted by Natalie Aguirre on Wednesday, October 01, 2014