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Move over, Susan Boyle!

Move over, Susan Boyle!

Borrowing from kt literary's fabulous blog .... Maybe she isn't making Simon's jaw drop, but Scotland native Louise Brown is...
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Sanity Level Check

Nathan Bransford asks a question many writers find themselves wondering from time to time: Am I Crazy? Some of the comments people responde...
Book Covers and Bad Judgment

Book Covers and Bad Judgment

This isn't exactly old news, but it's been spiraling through the interworld for at least a week. I'm talking about the cover of ...
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Taking criticism

Usually when people hear the word criticism, they don’t think of it as a positive thing. I mean, no one wishes they were imperfect at anyth...
Networking for Dummies

Networking for Dummies

YA Highway contributor Kristin Briana Otts joins us from Teens Writing for Teens , a seriously stellar group blog penned by teen writers of...
Guest Blog: ChinLin Pan, Ultimate YA Reading Group

Guest Blog: ChinLin Pan, Ultimate YA Reading Group

If you're a Facebook addict like me, you've probably noticed there's a group for everything. (And I mean everything. Tangled Hea...
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On Writing Badly

Writers have grand dreams. First, there’s the dream of staring at something and realising that it is finished, that somewhere in between goi...
Interview with Bethany Griffin

Interview with Bethany Griffin

YA Highway is thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Bethany Griffin, author of the Young Adult contemporary novel, Handcuffs . Thank...
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Write That Next Book

Write that next book. It's one of those writing mantras which has been quoted a million times, but never gets any easier to swallow. B...
Look Who's Blogging Now

Look Who's Blogging Now

So many of us (especially those new to the field) spend the majority of our free time working away at our masterpieces. And that's goo...
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Can a writer mom really find balance?

I’m a mom. I’m also a full-time employee, a wife, a writer. It’s not the plot gaps or the POV switches that make me question my ability...
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Writing Quote of the Week: Courtney Summers

" when I was a teen I didn't want to read about how good we could become, I wanted to read about how "bad" we could be &a...
How Thomas the Tank Engine Can  Teach Basic Writing Skills

How Thomas the Tank Engine Can Teach Basic Writing Skills

For those of you unfamiliar with Thomas the Tank Engine, it's a show that has been on for many, many years, helping little ones underst...
Character Chaos

Character Chaos

New YA Highway contributor Kody Mekell Keplinger also joins us from Teens Writing for Teens , a spectacular blog crafted by talented teena...
World Trek: An Interview With Lesley and Andrea Fisher

World Trek: An Interview With Lesley and Andrea Fisher

From the back cover of World Trek: A Family Odyssey... Russell and Carla Fisher were intent on expanding the horizons of their daughter...
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Brick Walls and Dirty Socks

So I mentioned the other day how I was at that mid-novel point where I am waning and am having a really hard time getting over this hump. Th...
Skate Parks and Other Obscure Metaphors

Skate Parks and Other Obscure Metaphors

New YA Highway contributor Kristin Briana Otts joins us from Teens Writing for Teens , a seriously stellar group blog penned by teen writer...
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News! LIKE MANDARIN Sold to Delacorte

July 7th, 2009 -- It's official! From Publishers Marketplace: Kirsten Hubbard's LIKE MANDARIN , about a girl who gets in over he...
Before Stepping Up To the Query-Go-Round....

Before Stepping Up To the Query-Go-Round....

One necessary step before submitting to agents and joining in on the lovely query-ride, is making sure your work is as blemish free as it c...
Why Writers Do Research: Or, Why Harry Didn't Take Voldie Out With A Lightsaber

Why Writers Do Research: Or, Why Harry Didn't Take Voldie Out With A Lightsaber

"Oh, please. I'm writing a fantasy, not sci-fi. And if it's fiction, can't I just make it up anyway?" *headdesk* ...
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Homophones, or, See Those People Over There? They're Their Worst Nightmare

Nothing drives the Grammar Groupie more crazy than improper apostrophe usage. Coming in a close second place, however is misuse of homopho...
Interview with Claudia Gray

Interview with Claudia Gray

I had the good fortune to interview Claudia Gray , author of Evernight and Stargazer . I am a huge fan of this series, and if you've y...