Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts


By: Ava Jae

So I’ve been doing this thing where I binge read a bunch of YA novels, then NA novels, and back and forth. And it’s been a blast, and I’m really enjoying it, but the best part about it is I’ve been able to get a better idea as to some of the differences between YA and NA novels.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the similarities and differences between the two categories, but I like to think it’s a start. And hopefully helpful for those who are having trouble differentiating between the two.

Both YA & NA:

  • Young characters. YA tends to feature main characters aged 14-17 while NA tends to feature protagonists aged 18-mid twentiesish. These aren’t set in stone of course, but the point is, both feature relatively young characters.
  • Voice is king. This is one of the major reasons I love both YA and NA—the voices you find in these categories are fantastic. For real, truly and honestly, voice is so incredibly important in YA and NA, and some of the best voices I’ve ever encountered have come from YA and NA lit.
  • And because I feel like recommending some wonderful voices, for YA I recommend the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi and for NA I super highly recommend Only the Good Die Young by K.K. Hendin. Both have incredibly awesome voices that I adore.
  • Fast-paced. Self-explanatory, and yet another reason I love YA and NA novels.
  • Language. Guess what? Some teenagers cuss and some new adults cuss. Cursing is equally acceptable in YA and NA, though I’ve noticed there sometimes tends to be more frequent cursing in NA if that’s the POV character’s voice. Either way, cursing is allowed.
  • Sex. Yes, both YA and NA novels are allowed to have sex. The main differentiating factor here is how graphic said sex scenes are allowed to be, which is explained below.
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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. 52 Ways To Sell More Books – Tip #25 http://ow.ly/uEU98
  2. Fiction University (The Other Side of the Story): 5 Ways to Hook Your Readers http://ow.ly/uEVwL
  3. RT @elizabethscraig: How to Survive a Writer’s Life:  http://ow.ly/uEIw1 @LyndaRYoung
  4. Country is King - when it comes to character - Writers Write http://ow.ly/uEXo2 “I got Tom Petty playin’ in my Silverado..."
  5. blurbs & synopsis | Savvy Writers & e-Books online http://ow.ly/uEY2C
  6. Circumlocution http://ow.ly/uEY9R Daily Writing Tips
  7. 19 Writing Tips From Writers And Editors For The New Yorker http://ow.ly/uFgwU
  8. UK launch for Nook's self-publishing platform | The Passive Voice | http://ow.ly/uFgEM Russell Blake » Judging Books http://ow.ly/uFhnj On changing book covers
  9. Writability: Young Adult vs. New Adult: What's the Difference? http://ow.ly/uFhDD
  10. How to Encourage Fans to Create and Share Visual Content | Social Media Examiner http://ow.ly/uFhNz
  11. 11 Essential Ingredients Every Blog Post Needs [Infographic] - Copyblogger http://ow.ly/uFhWg
  12. Seekerville: Settings that Captivate Readers http://ow.ly/uFiNh
  13. Anakina.blog: The 3-act structure of movies applied to fiction http://ow.ly/uFjcZ
  14. From the Write Angle: The Non-Autobiographical You http://ow.ly/uFjpe "How much of you is in your main character?
  15. Success Starts with Passion: Build an Audience Doing What You Love | Goins, Writer http://ow.ly/uGciN
  16. Hacking Fiction: The Bella Forrest Casestudy | http://ow.ly/uGFiW
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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