This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
I decided last minute to do NaNo again this year, so that’s why I sort of disappeared right around the 1st. I also made the decision to set my editing aside for the foreseeable future so I can focus on my own writing. I just realized that there’s no way I can manage homeschooling (and teaching co-op classes), writing and editing.
Speaking of my writing, yesterday I attended a SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers of Illinois) publishing conference. It was both amazing and overwhelmingly daunting. I got more feedback on the first ten pages of my manuscript (which is what I’d be submitting to editors and agents) and figured out some things I need to address. Nailing the MG voice is the hardest part, and it’s something I need to focus on.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week:
- October Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch
- November Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your discussions and enter to win the giveaway!
- Team BFF: Race to the Finish! by Stacia Deutsch & other Girls Who Code Books – Review
Next week on FYFA:
- The October Wrap-Up Round-Up Make Me Read It Giveaway
- The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski: Review
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone: Review & Giveaway
- Haven by Mary Lindsey: Review & Giveaway (or possibly just the blitz giveaway if I don’t manage to get this read in time!)
Latest FYFA Giveaway Winners!!:
- Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature won a signed copy of Ringer by Lauren Oliver! Congrats, Lisa!
Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:
Here are the birthdays and blogoversaries this week! I hope you’ll go wish these bloggers well on their special days! Make sure you check out the calendar to see what you might have just missed or what’s coming up. (If you want to be added to the calendar, you can always fill out the birthday/blogoversary form.)
- November 6th – Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit‘s Birthday
- November 9th – Brittany @ Please Feed The Bookworm‘s Birthday
I received The November Girl from Entangled Teen!
I got my pre-order of The Empress. My oldest is especially excited to read this one!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Teacher of YA wrote this creepy zombie Halloween story
- Chelle @ Bookish Ramblings asks about Supernatural Couples – What if they were real?
Listed in order of release date. Any new deals that I just added to the list this week will be denoted with a *** so you can easily find them!
Please note: Almost all pre-order giveaways run “while supplies last,” so I can’t guarantee that they’ll be open until the date listed. Pre-0rder early for your best chance to get all the goodies!
- ***Pre-order HEATHER, THE TOTALITY by Matthew Weiner to receive a print of the book cover signed by Matthew Weiner. (ends 11/6)
- Pre-order BONFIRE by Krysten Ritter to receive a signed bookplate and a Bonfire matchbook notepad. (ends 11/6)
- Pre-order OBAMA: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT by Pete Souza to receive a 10×8 print of President Obama on Air Force One. (ends 11/6)
- Pre-order HEATHER, THE TOTALITY by Matthew Weiner to receive a print of the book cover signed by the author. (ends 11/6)
- Pre-order HAVEN by Mary Lindsey to receive a moon necklace, lavender sachet, bookmarks, and a signed postcard. (ends 11/6)
- Pre-order RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer to receive your choice of a Renegades or Anarchist button pack! (ends 11/6)
- Pre-order ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburne to receive a signed bookmark, bookplate, postcard with ROSEMARKED map, a PDF of bonus content emailed to you with a self edit letter Blackburne wrote to herself after the first draft, and an early deleted scene that shows how the book could have gone in a VERY different direction. (ends 11/6)
- Pre-order RETRIBUTION RAILS by Erin Bowman to receive Kate & Jesse — an exclusive novella set after the events of Vengeance Road and only available via this pre-order campaign! You’ll also receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, stickers, a Vengeance Road laptop decal and two Vengeance Road quote cards. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (ends 11/6)
- Pre-order THE NOVEMBER GIRL by Lydia Kang to receive a swag bundle. Plus the first 150 pre-orders will receive a wish bracelet and buttons as well! (ends 11/6)
- Pre-order THE SPEAKER by Traci Chee (from a participating store) to receive a custom journal emblazoned with the Guard symbol and a quote, a signed bookplate, and three decals designed for each of the groups in THE SPEAKER. (ends 11/6)
- Pre-order THIS MORTAL COIL by Emily Suvata to receive a signed bookmark, a numbered, signed, limited-print bookplate, 2 colorful DNA Origami sheets so you can fold your own DNA models, a letter with exclusive insights and secrets about the world of THIS MORTAL COIL, and a chance to win the grand prize pack! (ends 11/6)
- Pre-order FLASHTIDE by Jenny Moyer and receive an adjustable climber’s knot wristband HANDMADE by the author, along with a sticker, bookmark, and signed bookplate. (ends 11/13)
- Pre-order THE REBELS OF GOLD by Elise Kova to get exclusive swag. The more pre-orders that are received, the more swag will be unlocked. (ends 12/4)
- Pre-order MEET CUTE by various authors, including Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton and Katie Cotugno, to receive a set of 6 pins based on the cover! (ends 1/1)
- Pre-order YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE by Rachel Lynn Solomon to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate with evil eye pattern, and an exclusive short story that catches up with the protagonists five years later. You’ll also be entered to win a themed prize pack. (ends 1/1)
- Pre-order NICE TRY, JANE SINNER by Lianne Oelke to receive a signed bookmark, two stickers, and a chance to win much, more more. (ends 11/7)
- Pre-order UNEARTHED by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner to receive an exclusive e-short set before the events of These Broken Stars, an autographed bookplate especially designed to go in your book, and a chance to get your name the sequel to Unearthed! (ends 1/8)
- Pre-order IRON GOLD by Pierce Brown to receive an exclusive art print featuring the book’s characters! (ends 1/16)
- Pre-order LOLA DUTCH IS A LITTLE BIT MUCH and receive a digital package that includes: Coloring Pages, Paper Puppets, Mini Guided Learning Activities with Lola and much more! (ends 1/29)
- Preorder REIGN THE EARTH by A.C. Gaughen to receive an exclusive map poster. (ends 1/29)
- Pre-order THE CASE FOR JAMIE by Brittany Cavallaro to receive a signed book and exclusive Charlotte Holmes swag. (ends 3/5)
Other Current Giveaways on FYFA:
(Besides the ones listed with this week’s posts)
- October Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Last chance to link up and enter!
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
- Enter to win this month’s NOVLbox from @TheNovl!
- Penguin Random House is giving away a Star Wars Prize Pack!
- Read It Forward is giving you the chance to win Next Year in Havana
- It’s It Starts at Midnight’s four-year blogoversary!! Tell Shannon you love her and then enter her giveaway for (and I quote) “Whatever the Hell You Want (INT)“! (See why I love her so?)
- Penguin is giving you the chance to surprise your book club with free books for a year!
- The Bookkeeper’s Secrets is doing a year-long giveaway!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!