Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Top 5 Books of 2011

This week's YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday takes a look back at the awesome reads of 2011 and asks for your top five books of the year.  There were so many great books this year it's hard to choose. But here are my favorites:

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth (voted Goodreads favorite book of 2011 and best YA sci fi/fantasy! )
2. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (can't wait to read the sequel next month)
3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
4. Crossed by Ally Condie (my very first ARC, courtesy of mundie moms!)
5. Hereafter by Tara Hudson

For me, the exploration of dystopian society and rebellion against oppression, the adventure of a journey through space, and the haunting beauty of paranormal romance made these my top choices.  Each of these books are part of a series, which I also love.  So, what are your picks for the top 5 books of 2011?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

How Far Would YOU Go to get published?

YA Highway's latest Road Trip Wednesday asks how far would you go to get published.

Would you follow a trend  just because it's hot? Would you take it a step further and switch to a genre that sells better? Would you do minor revisions, or even go so far as to do major revisions?

Excellent question this week!

Not writing to trends is the advice we always come across. After all, the trend could be over by the time you finish the book and it gets to market, right? So write what you love. That's advice I intend to follow. If it's a story I just am not interested, there's no way I could write it just because it's the latest hot trend.  I know very little about steampunk, for example, and though I've tried my hand at it once in a collaborative fic, I'm not sure I'd write a novel just to follow that trend.

Same thing with switching genres. Again, while I might someday write a steampunk short story, I'm most likely not going to try to make a whole novel out of it.  And I'm not going to write historical romance, or other genres that just aren't me. I think I'll stick to writing sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian stories for the most part.  If I get a suggestion that excites me, though, I'm more than game for giving it a try.

Minor revisions? I'd be thrilled if that's all I'd need. That would be absolutely amazing, and I'm more than happy to do any revisions that will make the story stronger. Same with major revisions. If it takes the story from good to AMAZING, I'm thrilled to work hard to get it ready for publication in the knowledge that the work is the best it can possibly be.  It does take a collaborative effort, with feedback from critique partners, writer's groups, and eventually (I'm hoping) from an agent and editor, to take a story to that level.

I can't wait to read what others have to say on the topic!