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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

I know all you highwayers are giving out (or raking in) candy, dressing up the kiddos, or perhaps partying at an Irish bar in Germany. Just ...
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Third person: don't be scared

I think it’s safe to say that first person is pretty dominant in YA. Which is fine—first person is great. But I’ve heard people say some ...
Book Review: Beautiful by Amy Reed

Book Review: Beautiful by Amy Reed

It begins with a girl. Her eyes are too dark, overly shadowed with black liner. Her lips are too big, the lipstick forging a fake line bey...
Road Trip Wednesday #4 Naming Your Characters

Road Trip Wednesday #4 Naming Your Characters

Welcome to our fourth Road Trip Wednesday! Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival", where YA Highway's contributors post a...
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Grammar Groupie Says: Be Professional

Grammar Groupie understands the desire to be on intimate terms with the stars. Actors, musicians, agents . . . we love ‘em. But just because...
Anagram fun...or, Saturday night boredom

Anagram fun...or, Saturday night boredom

I like anagrams. Maybe a little too much. This isn't a real contest, but just for grins, lets see if you can figure out which yaHighway ...
Road Trip Wednesday #3: Your WIPs as Haiku

Road Trip Wednesday #3: Your WIPs as Haiku

Welcome to our third Road Trip Wednesday! Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival", where YA Highway's contributors post a ...
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Fake Towns, Fake Cities, Fake Universes

I love settings. I love inventing settings, usually based on places I've been, thinly disguised. In my debut Like Mandarin , the town of...
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Quotables

Dorothy Sayers said, “A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.” There is a tiny bit of truth to that, and not ...
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On being kind to horses

I have a confession to make. A deeply nerdy confession. I’m obsessed with sentences. I spend a great deal of my life thinking about sen...
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You don't have to be lonely

Writers have this reputation for being angst-ridden loners who sit in our dark attics and try to ignore the real world in favor of complet...
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Road Trip Wednesday #2: Rough Drafts!

Welcome to our second Road Trip Wednesday ! Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival", where YA Highway's contributors post a ...
Interview with Melina Marchetta, Printz-Winning Author of Jellicoe Road

Interview with Melina Marchetta, Printz-Winning Author of Jellicoe Road

I was beyond honored to interview the brilliant Melina Marchetta , whose Printz-winning young adult novel, Jellicoe Road , I've recommen...
The Seven Deadly Sins of Querying

The Seven Deadly Sins of Querying

YA Highway contributor Kody Keplinger joins us from Teens Writing for Teens , a spectacular blog crafted by talented teenage writers. For m...
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The Hot and The Overdone: Suzie Townsend Reveals All

YA writers and readers! You don't want to miss this. FinePrint agent Suzie Townsend posts on FinePrint client Susan Adrian's blog ...
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Road Trip Wednesday #1: Ideas!

Welcome to our first Road Trip Wednesday ! Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival": starting today, YA Highway's contributo...
YA Books Coming to the Big Screen

YA Books Coming to the Big Screen

Young Adult novels have been steadily gaining in popularity (and of course, we couldn't be more thrilled). Lately, several well known t...
Beta reading and why you should do it

Beta reading and why you should do it

I think everyone knows the benefits of having beta readers, but what about being a beta reader? Let me tell you, being a beta reader is a...