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Ready...Set...FLASH!

Ready...Set...FLASH!

Um...ew. Close your coat. It's not that kind of flash. The lovely writers of Flashy Fiction are hosting a fun contest all through O...
Literary Fiction...  and Magic Powers

Literary Fiction... and Magic Powers

On the writing boards we frequent, questions about YA literary fiction come up often. What's the definition? What's the difference b...
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THE SHIFTER Winner

Thanks to random number generator, the winner of Janice Hardy's THE SHIFTER is . . . ABBY! Congrats!! Abby, shoot us a line at yahigh...
Interview with Lisa Mantchev, Author of EYES LIKE STARS

Interview with Lisa Mantchev, Author of EYES LIKE STARS

YA Highway contributor Kristin Briana Otts had the opportunity to interview Lisa Mantchev , whose AMAZING YA fantasy, EYES LIKE STARS , cam...
Handwriting vs. typing

Handwriting vs. typing

I know what some of you are thinking. You’re thinking: Why would I ever handwrite when I have this fabulous computer with its lovely keyb...
Janice Hardy's THE SHIFTER

Janice Hardy's THE SHIFTER

You've been waiting for it. Now we're happy to present Janice Hardy, author of THE SHIFTER (THE PAIN MERCHANTS in the UK). About ...
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Coming Attractions: THE SHIFTER

What would you do for a world without pain? THE SHIFTER hits shelves in October 2009, but it's already at YA Highway. And it can be your...
911 Writers Block

911 Writers Block

I just stumbled across this website, and I have to share. I can't decide if I love this because it's hilarious, or because of its a...
Writer's Top Ten Tips For Success

Writer's Top Ten Tips For Success

It's time to finish out the wonder of Unlabor Day Week with a bang! Presenting: The Top Ten Writing Tips For The Most...
The Five Stages of Rejection

The Five Stages of Rejection

STEP 1: Denial Something's wrong. My email must be malfunctioning. Maybe it's replacing punctuation with wingdings . And that l...
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Manners Don't End Just Because You Hit Send

The KISS MY ICE query is off! It's a race to see which agents (there WILL be more than one) will snatch up this winner first. Even so,...
How to Write a Query That Will Make an Agent Weep

How to Write a Query That Will Make an Agent Weep

credit Let's get serious for a second here. Agents read a lot of queries. Like, a ton. After awhile, they've got to start lookin...
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How not to choose beta readers...

To kick off our unlabor week: beta readers. Enjoy our week of satire! Dear Diary, Today both Mom and Aunt Caroline finished beta rea...
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Coming Soon . . . Unlabor Week!

Put that jigsaw down! Tuck your overdue paperwork under the couch! Call in with writer's block! It’s Labor Day week and that means we wi...
The Consequence of TMI

The Consequence of TMI

credit Flipping through my Google reader a few minutes ago, I came across this post by super-agent Janet Reid and promptly choked on my...
Leaving Them Wanting More. . .Or Just Leaving Them Angry?

Leaving Them Wanting More. . .Or Just Leaving Them Angry?

Series books have become quite popular in the YA world. From dark and gritty urban fantasies to the tales of preened upper society high sch...
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Mmmm....Brains....

In honor of Zombie Appreciation Week, Janice Hardy is having another great contest with an ARC of her new fantasy novel The Shifter as the ...
What do you do after you exhale?

What do you do after you exhale?

When the draft is polished. When the edits are done. When the book is now in the capable hands of my agent and all I can do is wait. Now wh...