This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
I have absolutely nothing exciting to tell you about this week. I got more posts up (mostly because the end/beginning of the month has lots of specific posts that need to go up). Um, yeah. It was a week.
If you are a YA or MG writer, you should seriously consider joining me at the WIFYR conference in June. I’m attending the Trent Reedy workshop, where we’ll be talking about revision and giving (and receiving) great feedback. It’s a great way to get feedback on the first 6000 words of your novel (and that beginning is so crucial!). Also, there are more general writing and industry sessions in the afternoons. I’ve read so many comments about how they’re invaluable! Trent told me that you don’t have to have finished your manuscript to attend. He assured me that it’s a really encouraging environment that meets you wherever you’re at with your book.
Now I know I have plenty of blogger friends who write but don’t consider yourself writers (that used to be me!). This is the chance to kick it up and maybe start making that “far off” dream a reality. Getting feedback is the absolute best thing you can do for your book and your writing! Plus, how fun would it be to hang out with blogger friends (like me!) at a writing conference? I know I sound like I’m in serious recruiting mode here, but that’s because I’d really love to spend five days with my friends talking about writing!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week:
- April 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up – Link up your April wrap-up posts here!
- May 2018 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your May discussions and enter to win the giveaway!
- April 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch
- My Newly Organized Bookcases! Let’s Discuss.
- The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty: Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter to win one of three copies of the book!
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, it’s easy! Just fill out the birthday/blogoversary form.)
- May 7th – Sarah @ The Library Girl Writes‘ Birthday
- May 9th – KissinBlueKaren‘s Blogoversary
- May 10th – Lovely Reads‘ Blogoversary
I received The Lying Woods from Disney! Thank you!
I got a Quarterly box from PageHabit. Confession: I actually meant to cancel this box after I got the Unearthed one a few months back (I was SUPER excited about an annotated copy of Unearthed by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman, but I hadn’t planned on keeping the subscription). But I apparently forgot to cancel, so …
The good news is, I’ve read some amazing things about Sky in the Deep, so an annotated copy of that one should be really interesting. I also got The Reader (which I already own 🙁 ) and I Capture the Castle, which I hadn’t heard of. Anybody know this one? I’m curious what you think!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Daniela @ Nocturnal Devices asks if we have a seasonal slump bug.
- SYNC is back with free YA audiobooks!
- Dani @ Perspective of a Writer invites you to join her new I Heart Characters! meme
- Shirley Cuypers has a list of book bloggers on her blog! Head over and get yourself added!
- Check out the new Banned Books Club over @ This is Lit!
- Pamela Nicole over @ Reverie Society has a new newsletter for Spanish-speaking people who are interested in learning about writing. Let’s help her spread the word!
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 PUDDIN’ by Julie Murphy to receive pre-order swag. (INTL)(ends 5/6)
- Pre-order THE GIRL & THE GROVE by Eric Smith to receive a signed mini poster, hand stamped seed paper bookmarks, a signed, hand stamped bookplate, three leaf charms, and other surprise swag from previous books! (INTL)(ends 5/7)
- Pre-Order THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL by Maureen Goo to receive a Graphic Companion to I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a Signed Bookplate, a Food Truck Pin, and a Bookmark. (US Only)(ends 5/7)
- ***Pre-order PERIOD: TWELVE VOICES TELL THE BLOODY TRUTH by various authors and you’ll be donating a period pack to a person in need of menstrual products. (US/CAN)(ends 5/8)
- Pre-order BY INVITATION ONLY by Dorothea Benton Frank to receive a custom designed invitation and cocktail recipe. (ends 5/14)
- Pre-order MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE by Nisha Sharma to receive a pin, sticker, bookmark, over-sized postcard with a mega list of Bollywood movies, and a mini bookplate. (US Only)(ends 5/14)
- Pre-order FURYBORN by Claire Legrand to receive a signed bookplate and (limited) map of Avitas and a limited edition set of Furyborn character trading cards. You’ll also be entered to win the grand prize. (US, CAN Only) (ends 5/21)
- Pre-order FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE by Sandhya Menon to receive an art card with custom character art, a signed bookplate, a bookmark and a sticker. (INTL)(ends 5/11)
- Pre-order ONYX & IVORY by Mindee Arnett receive an exclusive short story. Also, every participant will be entered to win one of up to fifty sets of character cards. (INTL) (ends 5/14)
- Pre-order WAR STORM by Victoria Aveyard to receive an exclusive tote bag. (UK ONLY)(ends 5/14)
- Pre-order RIDE ON by Gwen Cole to receive a character postcard, a cover postcard, a bookmark and a signed bookplate. (INTL)(ends 5/21)
- Pre-order LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber to receive a custom set of playing cards with four unique suits and a signed bookplate. (INTL)(ends 5/28)
- Pre-order LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff to receive a collectible print featuring an original illustration of a map of the Grande Ol’ Yousay (US Only)(ends 5/28)
- Pre-order THE WORLD OF LORE: WICKED MORTALS by Aaron Mahnke to receive an exclusive enamel pin inspired by the book! (US Only)(ends 5/28)
- Pre-order SAVE THE DATE by Morgan Matson to receive an exclusive notebook! (US Only)(ends 6/4)
- Pre-order BRUJA BORN by Zoraida Córdova to receive a signed bookplate and a bookmark. Also, possibly, a magical Brooklyn map, an enamel pin and a set of character cards. (US, CAN Only)(ends 6/4)
- Pre-order BREAKOUT by Kate Messner to receive a poster and a set of 30 bookmarks to share! (US, CAN Only)(ends 6/4)
- Pre-order LITTLE DO WE KNOW by Tamara Ireland Stone OR reserve it at your local library to receive an autographed, limited edition bookplate, two signed bookmarks and a chance to win the grand prize! (INTL) (ends 6/4)
- ***Pre-order NEVERWORLD WAKE by Marisha Pessl to receive a beautiful, limited edition poster and a leather-bound mini notebook! (US)(ends 6/4)
- Pre-order REAPER AT THE GATES by Sabaa Tahir to receive an Ember Series swag pack and enter to win a reading survival basket! (US Only)(ends 6/11)
- Pre-order THE BRINK OF DARKNESS by Jeff Giles to receive an exclusive enamel pin! (Open to some INTL) (ends 7/9)
- Pre-order THE DARKEST LEGACY by Alexandra Bracken to receive an enamel pin. (INTL)(ends 7/11)
- Pre-order NYXIA UNLEASHED by Scott Reintgen to receive a signed postcard featuring one of four favorite characters from the Nyxia series. (US, CAN Only)(ends 7/16)
- Pre-order KILL THE FARM BOY by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne to receive a themed 4 button set! (US Only)(ends 7/16)
- Pre-order CATWOMAN: SOULSTEALER by Sarah J. Maas to receive a cat-tastic PopSocket! (US Only)(ends 8/6)
- Pre-order ENDLESS WATER, STARLESS SKY by Rosamund Hodge to receive a signed bookplate, and a print of one a portrait of one of the four main characters. (INTL)(ends 7/24)
- Pre-order MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud to receive a set of Mirage-inspired nail polishes and a signed bookplate. (US Only)(ends 8/27)
- Pre-order ALL THE WANDERING LIGHT by Heather Fawcett to receive an exclusive world map, a signed bookplate, a bookmark and two stickers. (INTL)(ends 12/3)
Other Current Giveaways on FYFA:
(Besides the ones listed with this week’s posts)
- April 2018 Discussion Challenge & Giveaway – Last chance to enter!
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
- Dani @ Perspective of a Writer is celebrating one year of her Reader’s Appreciation feature with a giveaway!
- Enter to win an Autographed Collectors’ Set of The Crown’s Fate
- Amy Fellner Dominy has a giveaway with a great prize pack including all three of her books signed (I LOVED her last book and am eager to read the next one!)
- Stuck in Books is giving away Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
- Tressa @ Wishful Endings is giving away a Book from her April/May TBR (INT)
- Bookfever is giving away a book of your choice to two people (INT)
- Lots of blogs participating in the May I Suggest Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to The Novel Knight for a chance to win the Entire SUMMONER Series!!
- Enter Read It Forward’s weekly giveaway! This one is: A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
- Head over to Writer Writer Pants on Fire for her weekly giveaway! This week’s is a chance to win one of two ARCS of DARK BREAKS THE DAWN by Sara B. Larson
- Head over to Stuck in Books for a chance to win Branded and Hunted
- Head over to Wishful Endings for a chance to win one of 10 “I love books” USB Flash Drives or a signed copy of The Fall of Grace & a signed copy of Die for You.
- Head over to Alyssa Carlier’s blog for a chance to win Reflection (A Twisted Tale) by Elizabeth Lim (which is a Mulan retelling).
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!