In this post, I ask bloggers and authors if they want to write a guest post for my blog explaining what their favourite YA novel is in 1,000 – 1,500 words.
So, after my recent List of Top 5 Young Adult novels, I decided to take the plunge and offer a wider audience to share their opinions. And that question is basically, WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE YOUNG ADULT NOVEL AND WHY?
If you’re curious about what the Young Adult genre is, here’s a quick explanation from Wikipedia:
Young-adult fiction or young adult literature (often abbreviated as YA), also juvenile fiction, is fiction written, published, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, although recent studies show that 55% of young-adult fiction is purchased by readers over 18 years of age. The Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA) defines a young adult as someone between the ages of twelve and eighteen. Authors and readers of young adult (YA) novels often define the genre as literature as traditionally written for ages ranging from twelve years up to the age of eighteen, while some publishers may market young adult literature to as low as age ten or as high as age twenty-five. The terms young-adult novel, juvenile novel, young-adult book, etc. refer to the works in the YA category.
YA literature shares the following fundamental elements of the fiction genre: character, plot, setting, theme, and style. However, theme and style are often subordinated to the more tangible elements of plot, setting, and character, which appeal more readily to younger readers. The vast majority of YA stories portray an adolescent, rather than an adult or child, as the protagonist.
The subject matter and story lines of YA literature are typically consistent with the age and experience of the main character, but, beyond that, YA stories span the spectrum of fiction genres. Themes in YA stories often focus on the challenges of youth, sometimes referred to as problem novels or coming-of-age novels Writing styles of YA stories range widely, from the richness of literary style to the clarity and speed of the unobtrusive and free verse.
More recent examples include JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Twilight by Stephanie Meyer.
So, now that’s out of the way, you’re probably looking for the requirements needed to write a guest post. Here they are:
- I’m opening this up to anybody who runs a book-related blog or is an author with at least one published novel, or a traditional published novel (IE – you have a publisher) to be released in 2013. Self published authors can write guest posts, but you must have a novel already written. Any book blogger (preferably one who has reviewed at least one YA title, but it doesn’t really matter), can write the post.
- The Guest Post must be an explanation of what your favourite young adult novel is and why. What made you love it as much as you did? That sort of thing. We don’t want a guest post about say, Football (Soccer for everybody who isn’t a Brit like myself), unless of course your favourite YA novel has football as the main part of the plot. But obviously we want you to keep on topic.
- The word limit is ideally between 1,000-1,500 words. It’s flexible but obviously I don’t want a 5 word Guest Post nor a guest post that’s the same length as your favourite YA book.
- If you could provide a cover image (like the image at the top of the page), that would be great – although it is not necessary. And the larger and wide the better.
- The standard rules about proper grammar/spelling etc apply, and for obvious reasons, as this blog is written in English the Guest Post should be written in English as well.
- Depending on the responses that I get, I will post the Guest Posts every Wednesday as well as every Friday if I get loads of responses (which is unlikely, but we’ll see how it goes, but otherwise – it will just be Wednesdays)
- You can contact me through twitter @baneofkings. DM me your email (and remind me to follow you first if I’m not already – and make sure that you’re following me in order for everything to work – I think that’s how it works, anyway), and I’ll email you a copy of this post along with when I want the Guest Post for, and a request asking you to write a short little biography (Just telling the readers who you are, what blog you come from/what book you wrote) about yourself so I can post it along with the review.
I think that’s covered pretty much everything. This guest post series will be titled Your Favourite YA Novel (YFYAN) although you are free to come up with your own ideas for individual titles for guest posts. In fact, this is encouraged. Once I get enough people interested (5 minimum) I’ll post the schedule of when the posts are due and we can work around that.
If I’m missing anything or anything needs clarification, let me know. Feel free to ask questions. This is my first guest post series so I’ll try to reduce any mistakes although everything may not run perfectly.