#yalit on Twitter

I apologize for my lack of blogging. It’s not that I haven’t been working, in fact, my other me has been busy dealing with book release, launch and marketing ‘stuff’ with the pending release of the novel Little White Lies!

But, as this blog is on the YA front of the picture, I wanted to talk about a cool little hashtag someone pointed out to me on Twitter.


‘Cuz it’s important to follow along in the industry, via blogs and social media on the various elements that go into YA writing and I can’t do that on my own.

Do I know who all the YA writers and authors are out there? Nope.

Do I know everything there is to know about the industry? Nope.

So I gotta ‘keep up with the Jones’ as my parents always used to say.

One easy way to do that is by searching on Twitter using the #yalit hashtag! I find all sorts of goodies out there, like:

the trailer for Kelley Armstrong’s book The Gathering was posted and I happened upon it (and watched it!) It’s a mini-movie. Did you know that? Do you know what a book trailer even is? Not sure if I prefer the movie-like feel or the book-blurb with photos. Hmmm…. You thoughts?

Where else could I randomly find E.L. Schneider’s Barnes & Noble gift card giveaway?

Or, Lydia Sharp’s latest snippet from a work in progress?

And within a breath of time, also learn about Scholastic top kids publishing trends in 2010 which includes the #1 that more ADULTS are reading YA books than ever.

Why is that now, do you think? I mean, really?

Well , yeah. I agree.

And I found all these little nuggets by searching on #yalit in Twitter. Gold, I tell ya. They are little bitty nuggets, but things that get lost in cyberspace — and then you find them — and then you savor them.

What little helpers do you have/use in your social networking and research about your industry? Share in the comments!

Read more: http://kidscreen.com/2011/01/12/scholastic-20110112/#ixzz1Iny4M4OS