Yesterday, I rounded up some of the best online communities for writers focusing on KidLit and YA. Blogs are another fabulous way to learn about the genres, from writers at different stages of their publishing path, from aspiring author to bestsellers. There are plenty of writers chronicling their journey through the ever-changing publishing landscape. Here are just a few worth checking out in the YA arena. (More to come on Middle Grade and Picture Books later this week.)
Warning: You can lose entire days perusing these — so proceed with caution!
YA Books Central
A comprehensive community for YA writers and readers alike, this site offers up reviews, news, sneak peeks, giveaways and plenty more.
YA LIT Chat
An organization focused on fostering discussion amongst writers — and readers — YA LIT Chat hosts weekly Twitter chats on various topics, and is definitely worth checking out if you’re on Twitter (or worth making an account for if you’re not).
Agent Spotlight: by Casey McCormick
No doubt one of the major go-to resources for authors on an agent hunt, Casey McCormick’s blog offers detailed profiles of potential agents in the YA and KidLit markets.
Nathan Bransford’s Blog
He may no longer be an agent, but that doesn’t make now-author Nathan Branford’s blog any less worthy. He’s still offering up publishing insights a plenty, plus he’s got an amazing backlog of posts well worth digging through.
Admittedly, I’m one of the co-founders of this blog — but that doesn’t make it any less fabulous. TeenWritersBloc.com, run by the New School Writing for Children Class of 2012, gives you an inside look at the YA MFA program at the university — as well as life post-MFA for the graduates, many of whom have gone on to publish.
A massive listing of YA and KidLit blogs, this site can be intimidating, but it’s an awesome place to start perusing if you’re new to the genre. Plus, there’s a listserv for KidLit and YA bloggers that you can join to get in on the conversation.
Fuse 8: School Library Journal’s blog
The YA Books blog at the School Library Journal, written by the tireless Betsy Bird, who also pulls together conferences and meet-n-greets, Fuse 8 offers up news and reviews worth reading.
A group blog, Publishing Crawl offers an insider’s perspective on publishing, with posts by writers, editors, agents and other folks in the know. A real eduction in an easy-to-read format.
Diversity in YA
A great experiment by authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo, who founded the blog as they embarked on a year-long book tour promoting, well, diversity in YA. Amazingly, the site was one of the few resources of its kind, and it was a sad, sad day when the duo behind it called it quits. But now it’s back — in Tumblr form — and you betcha it’s worth checking out.
Advocating for inclusivity in children’s publishing, this site by the Children’s Book Council rounds up posts by agents, editors and authors on how to get more diversity into the arenas of YA and KidLit. Post from esteemed voices like Andrea Pinkney of Scholastic and Cheryl Klein at Arthur A. Levine (who also has a fabulous blog of her own). Start with their awesome “How I Got Into Publishing” series, which offers up some truly inspiring stories.
John Green Books
YA It Boy John Green was a prolific blogger with a mega-presence online — and an incredibly loyal fanbase — even before the success of New York Times‘ Bestseller The Fault In Our Stars. (And if you haven’t read it yet — what are you waiting for?)
Another fabulous a group blog, YA Highway is another time suck of a site — so make sure you’ve set your pomodoro app, or you’ll be there all day — that shares author interviews, agent and editor Q&As, craft tips and plenty of writerly angst.
Nova Ren Suma
Author Nova Ren Suma — whose books include Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone — offers up great interviews and insights on her long-running blog. Dig deep here. It’s fascinating to follow Suma’s process from struggling writer to successful author, and she’s very candid about the highs and lows of the publishing biz.
What’s your favorite YA Books blog?