Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Next Big YA Book Event

Calling all YA authors!

If you have ever hashtagged #amwriting, #MSWL, or #IWantToBePublishedSoBadlyMyEyeballsMightPop, than pay attention.

From September 17th through October 1st, Hipso Media Publishing and Jenny from Supernatural Snark will be hosting the ‘Next Big YA Book Event.’

Why is this good news for #amwriters?

Here’s how the event works. Most publishers work exclusively with agents, which makes it difficult (more like close to impossible) for up-and-coming writers to get their work seen. Well, Hipso Media Publishing will be opening their doors to all YA writers who dream of traditional publication, but can’t seem to catch a break. Writers who have mountainous ideas, along with an actual mountain of rejection letters. Hipso wants to pick one of those writers, and treat them like the literary rock star they are, showering them in every publishing perk someone of their caliber deserves:

-  Publishing contract with a generous royalty program

-  Custom cover from Seedlings Design

-  Candace Book Blog Book Tour

-  Exclusive front-page podcast on AuthorsOnTourLive, iReadBooksRadio and iHeartRadio (which gets an average of more than 1 million hits a year)

-  Novel as an eBook on all major retailers – Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, around the world

-  A featured post on Supernatural Snark

-  Awesome book swag, and more…

Once the winning manuscript is picked, Jenny from Supernatural Snark (Owner of Seedlings Design) will work with the author to create a custom cover that will be sure to shout, “NEXT BIG YA BOOK”. And then she’ll do a featured post on Supernatural Snark, to make sure the world hears.

No agents, hoops, or hassles. The only criteria are that your YA manuscript be finished, you must believe it’s great, and it must not already be published somewhere else.

Here’s the link to the submissions page and contact info:

Good luck and happy writing!



This event is near and dear to my heart for a few reasons. 
A. It was my idea (yup, I just name-dropped like a boss)
B. I'm in charge of pretty much everything
C. I get to work with Jenny from Supernatural Snark
D. I wish I had something like this when I was starting out

My love-affair/ hate-affair/ passion/ test-the-water/ sink-or swim relationship with writing has been interesting to say the least. One thing though, it that writing certainly is hard enough BEFORE the publishing part comes around. 

Because the last thing you want after dripping your life-blood on paper is for the world to reject it. 

Writing for me is like stepping on the gas pedal and the brake pedal at the same time. You have to observe and remove yourself from the world at the same time, and it's enough to make your engine fall out. 

And since mind mechanics aren't cheap, writers should be rewarded. The publishing world is a brutal place filled with rejection and envy and status, and it's enough to make you want to give it up. Hopefully events like these will help keep a few brave souls in the game. 

Cheers :)