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Now, I’m not going to go play with you and dare to assume that, if you’re a fan or writer or both of YA fiction you’re not reading Ally Carter’s blog, because you totes are, right? Right. But, just in case you haven’t checked in with Ally for a while, I wanted to alert you to two posts she’s done on questions aspiring YA writers tend to ask, and those they don’t, and why the former are wrong and how we should be asking the latter. Very instructive, from a lady who really knows her stuff. Also, she has a really good perspective on what it means to be writing YA fiction v. writing adult fiction, which pretty much corresponds with what I’ve been recently thinking on the matter (that the perspective of the novel, typified by your narrator, determines this; if it’s a teen perspective, it’s YA, if it’s an adult perspective, it’s adult, although of course there are exceptions to every rule and I’m sure you could punch holes in that theory if you tried).

Also, if you’re a fan of YA writer John Green (and who isn’t?), he posted dates, times, and locations for his Paper Towns book tour on his blog, plus the dates and geographical locations for his and Hank’s Tour de Nerdfighting. Not to mention there’s an extended Question Tuesday filmed at a library that John just posted, and in the first part he talks about writing, which I always love (obvs).

Lastly, please do head over to Joelle Anthony’s blog and congratulate her on selling her YA novel, RESTORING HARMONY. It sounds awesome and I can’t wait to read it.

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Run, don’t walk

I would never know as much about publishing or the business of being a writer (both the writing side and the business side) if it weren’t for two amazing blogs, those of Diana Peterfreund and Ally Carter. First of all, Diana’s new book in the super-fun Secret Society Girl series, Rites of Spring (Break), came out on Tuesday but I cheated and went to the bookstore on Monday hoping they’d already put it out, which they had. I finished it in a two-day gulp, and let me tell you I am so glad (whited out to prevent spoilage) that Amy finally realized how awesome Poe is, because I’ve been rooting for him since he started taking on a bigger role in Under the Rose, and also, that shower scene, HELLO. So definitely check out the series.

Moving on! Ally Carter, who is amazing, just posted 101 Tips for Writers on her blog, and they’re all both amazingly common-sensical and also completely necessary and helpful, especially for writers just starting out. Even though I know most of the tips already, I definitely need reminding, especially on the craft and writer’s block ones, so I’ll probably be revisiting the list often. Run don’t walk!

ETA: Sorry, apparently the link to Ally’s blog wasn’t working, but thanks to Katie’s eagle eye, it is now! I think. Oh, and on the subject of Diana, check out her snazzy new website. Update your RSS feed!