- A Tucson school district shut down the Mexican American Studies program and banned the books used in the program. Debbie Reese at AICL did a stellar job of providing coverage.
- The Today Show decided to run coverage of Snooki's new book instead of interviewing the new Caldecott and Newbery award-winners.
- The "Hierarchy of Book Publishing" got a lot of laughs (and a few other reactions, too).
- Alexander Nazaryan at the NY Daily News said the books written by the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Walter Dean Myers, are "insipid" and "painfully mundane, with simple moral lessons built into predictable situations." We gathered a few responses here.
- The internet went on strike in protest over the proposed SOPA legislation.
- January was full of author/reviewer angst. We rounded up some links here and here.
free book covers, offers by our girl Sarah Enni, plus friends Erin Bowman and Tracey Neithercott.
- If only all deals were so easy to get: Stephen Colbert signed a children's book deal after making a joke during his interview with Maurice Sendak.
- Charm and Strange by Highwayer Stephanie Kuehn sold to St. Martin's!
by Margot Wood
- Publishing was buzzing (pun totally intended) about the news that police had intercepted a massive shipment of marijuana, destined for St. Martin's Press. The #potlit hashtag (also fantastic pun) immediately appeared; SMP good-naturedly played along.
- The Hunger Games was released, and racist fans were shocked to learn that Rue, a character as having "dark brown skin and eyes," was *gasp* played by a black actress.
- Goodreads put together a cool infographic about the rise of dystopian literature.
- Jaws dropped as NPR's This American Life retracted their major feature on Apple factories
- I broke down YA deals by genre, size, and more in infographic form.
- We first heard about Margot Wood, The Real Fauxtographer, who shoots awesome YA-inspired photos.
- We celebrated the release of Wanderlove by Highwayer Kirsten Hubbard, and got to announce the sale of Kody Keplinger's Goldfish!
- The Pulitzer Prize Board announced it would not be naming a Fiction Award for 2012.
- The Justice Department officially sued Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster for collusion to fix e-book prices. (Hachette, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins had already agreed to settle.) Jo Volpe explained why the suit was so important.
- Fifty Shades of Gray knocked The Hunger Games off the #1 bestselling spot.
- Popular book blogger Kristi at The Story Siren was the center of a plagiarism scandal.
- A Liberty, Missouri library created a "man-cave" type space to attract boys readers, which spurred lots of controversy.
- Company president Tom Doherty announced that Tor/Forge e-books would be the first to go DRM free.
- Jim C. Hines won the internet with his re-posings of fantasy covers.
- Highwayer Sumayyah Daud announced the sale of her book, Begin Again, to Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton!!
- A researcher at Brigham Young University claimed we need a rating system. We rounded up lots of reactions here.
- I analyzed 2011's YA cover trends, and found minority representation almost non-existent.
- Kristin Cashore and editor Kathy Dawson revealed that Bitterblue took three years to write.
- Alexandria, VA topped Amazon's list of "most well-read cities in America."
- Jean Craighead George, author of My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves, passed away at age 92; Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes died at age 83; musician Chuck Brown succumbed to pneumonia at age 75; disco legend Donna Summers passed from cancer at age 63; Maurice Sendak died at age 83.
- We celebrated the release of Highwayer Veronica Roth's Insurgent with some faction fun!
- Ryan Tate, President of Christian vanity press Tate Publishing, laid off employees while comparing himself to Jesus.
- Malinda Lo hosted the "YA Pride" series.
- Oprah's Book Club was revived, with Cheryl Strayed's Wild as its first pick.
- The trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out; casting for Catching Fire caused, in the words of Jezebel, "another racist sh!tstorm."
Unconventional Blog Tour," focused on ethics, policies, and best practices.
- Ray Bradbury died at the age of 91.
- YA Highwayers (and the rest of publishing) descended on the Javitz Center for BEA 2012, and co-hosted the Great YA Blogger Meetup with Stacked at ALA!
- Lots of controversy about reviews: Michele Gorman reported on bloggers who charge for good reviews; said bloggers were not happy about it. Daily Dot detailed that issue plus the "Goodreads Bullies" problem.
- Kelly Jensen at Stacked was the center of some heated debate with her post "The ARC Stops Here." We rounded up several responses here and here.
- Roni Loren warned everyone about the dangers of using photos online without copyright permissions.
- A Twilight fan was killed crossing the street at ComicCon.
- KStew kissed someone other than RPattz, revealing that, in the words of Genevieve Valentine, "being a young celebrity doesn’t mean you can live outside the rules! I mean, you CAN, but you’d better be a dude."
- Astronaut Sally Ride passed away after a battle with cancer; the brother of Gabriel García Márquez revealed the author is suffering from senile dementia and can no longer write.
- Author Libba Bray wrote these moving words in the hours after the tragic Aurora, CO shooting.
- Chick-fil-a Owner Dan Cathy said he was "guilty as charged" in backing anti-gay efforts, setting off protests, boycotts, and Facebook flame wars.
- We put together the Publishing Road Map, the ultimate guide to writing, publishing, book blogging, and more, AND we had a YA Highway writing retreat in Colorado, AND Tumblr announced a Young Adult Spotlight category-- with our Scenic Route as a featured blog!
- Random House said talk of its merger with Penguin or HarperCollins was just speculation. HA.
- Fifty Shades outsold Harry Potter on Amazon UK. Meanwhile, another Twilight fanfic, Gabriel's Inferno (formerly known as The University of Edward Masen, for your Googling fun) sold in a seven figure deal.
- The NYT set off a publishing firestorm with their article about purchased reviews.
- NPR's "Best YA Ever" list also turned out to be "the whitest list ever."
- Victoria Foyt's "Save the Pearls" marketing campaign generated a lot of attention, which many people suspected was exactly the point.
- Legendary editor Helen Gurley Brown passed away at the age of 90; Maeve Binchy died at age 72, Gore Vidal died at age 86, and a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin claimed six lives.
- Nathan Bransford presented the publishing process in gif form.
- WriteOnCon put together another great online conference.
- Highwayer Lee Bross announced the sale of her book, Tangled Webs, to Disney-Hyperion!
- The Casual Vacancy, J. K. Rowling's first book for adults, came out to mixed reviews. The BBC announced in December that it will be making the book into a series.
- Penguin sued several authors for failure to fulfill their contracts. For some reason, people were horrified.
- The Beautiful Creatures trailer made its premiere.
- Hurricane Sandy shut down the northeast and, by extension, all of publishing.
- Random House and Penguin announced a merger, spawning terror, sadness, and Random Penguin jokes.
- The Association of American Publishers announced children's and YA revenues were up 41% for the year.
- Lena Dunham made headlines with a $3.6 million book deal.
- Obama won the election AND beat Justin Bieber for "most retweeted" update ever.
- HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster announced merger talks.
- THE END OF BOYS. Er... or not, said Saundra Mitchell, Phoebe North, and Kristin Halbrook.
- Bella finally kicked some ass: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final film installment of the Twilight saga, enjoyed a $141.1 million opening weekend.
- Sean Beaudoin brought us "The Dudes of YA: A 'Lit-Erotic' Photo Spread." Words failed us.
- We sent out a month's worth of NaNoWriMo emails, with tips, tricks, encouragement, and more-- and you can see the archive here! (We also started a playlist page, in case you need a writing soundtrack.)
- The apocalypse didn't happen, but the school shooting in Connecticut made us feel like maybe it should. A.S. King wrote about the "I would have..." reaction and victim blaming; I wrote about respecting the ways people grieve, and Kell Andrews wrote about the ways stories help us understand tragedy.
- "New Adult" finally became a thing, garnering coverage from Publisher's Weekly, The New York Times, and an infographic from Goodreads.
- Random House gave employees $5,000 bonuses for the holiday.
- The NYT changed the way its bestseller lists are compiled for YA and MG books.
- Leila Austin: "Spinach Scenes (And How To Deal With Them)"
- Lee Bross: "We All Get Them Eventually: Sagging Middles"
- Sumayyah Daud: "Subverting Your Writing"
- Sarah Enni: Sarah was the mastermind behind our awesome "Carpool Lane" emails
- Kristin Halbrook: "The YA Boy Problem (Again)"
- Kate Hart: Publishing Road Map
- Kirsten Hubbard: "Giving Yourself Permission"
- Kody Keplinger: "Not All the Chairs Will Turn Around: Writing, The Voice, and Approval"
- Stephanie Kuehn: "Why Do You Write What You Write?"
- Amy Lukavics: "Writing Horror: Making the Crucial Connection"
- Phoebe North: "Traditional Publishing: A Poor Exercise in Vanity"
- Kristin Otts: "Writing Advice (Not Mine)"
- Veronica Roth: "Strictly Objective Critique Partner: A Helpful Thing to Have"
- Kaitlin Ward: "Making Maps"
- on-hiatus member Emilia Plater: "You've Got a Friend in Me (Well, Maybe)"
- former members Amanda Hannah and Michelle Schusterman: "The Daily Tribute April 1st Edition"
THIS YEAR IN MEMES
- Amazon's Best Teen Books 2012
- Barnes and Noble's Best Teen Books of 2012
- BookPage's Best Children's Books of 2012
- Kirkus's Best Teen Books of 2012
- MTV's Hollywood Crush Readers' Favorite 2012 YA
- Oprah's Book Club's 2012 Kids' Reading List
- Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Fiction of 2012
- Stacked's breakdown of the "Best of 2012 YA" lists by publisher, release date, and more
- Largehearted Boy's aggregated list of "Year-End Book Lists"
- Random House's "Best of the Book Lists"
- EW's Best Fiction of 2012
- Flavorwire's 10 Books Your Relatives Are Going To Be Talking About This Holiday Season That You've Never Heard Of
- Goodreads: Best Books of 2012
- Time: Top 10 Books
Author and Blogger Picks:
- Stacked's "So You Want to Read YA" series
- Forever Young Adult's "Best YA Books of 2012"
- Maggie Stiefvater's Best Books of 2012
- Nova Ren Suma's "Beyond the Buzz" series, with suggestions from librarians and bloggers
- Kiersten White's Favorite Reads of 2012
- Tracey Neithercott, Jessica Love, Allison Miller, and Katy Upperman's YA Superlatives blog fest
- Kari Olson's favorite characters
- Smugglivus 2012: A month-long book celebration
- Top 10 of 2012: A week-long blog hop hosted by Two Chicks on Books, Fiktshun, Confessions of a Bookaholic, A Life Bound By Books, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
- YA Highway's week-long Holiday Road Trip (Natasha Heck expanded on our categories)
- 100 Scope Notes's delightful 2012 Children's Lit: The Year in Miscellanea
- Pub Crawl's best writing and publishing-related posts
- GalleyCat's Best Writing Music of 2012
- io9's 22 People Who Supercharged Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2012
- Forbes's Publishing Predictions for 2013
- Time's 25 Best Blogs of 2012
- Largehearted Boy's aggregated list of "Year-End Music Lists"
- Pitchfork's Best Albums and Best Songs
- Spotify's Most Streamed and Shared Songs
- Spinner's Best Albums 2012