#TrendThursday | Why do YA books matter?

Why do YA books matter?

As a twenty-four-year-old guy, it is perhaps surprising to some that one of my favourite genres is Young Adult Fiction. For many people who dislike the YA genre for whatever reason, that statement goes against what they envisage the typical reader to be (a teenage girl who reads Twilight). The genre is brimming with excellent stories- most I have not had the pleasure of reading yet- but it is also a shining beacon in the publishing industry that seems to be frozen in time with regards to the workforce, and the stories that are published. Here is a blog post that talks about the many plus points of the YA industry.

The YA genre has become the leading light in regards to representation of people from all backgrounds and identities. They are leading the way with more books concerning racial diversity, LGBT characters, mental health issues, female heroines and sexuality than any other genre at the moment. It is undoubtedly the genre that is the most diverse and that discusses real issues that are not given much coverage in other genres. 

The genre, as viewed from the outside, receives a snobbish response by some adults who seem to have the viewpoint that every YA author is trying to write the next Harry Potter or Twilight series, and that the readers are teenagers that they view as ‘millennial snowflakes’.

One example of someone with this shared opinion is as follows: “‘Young Adult’ – it says ‘wannabe JK Rowling’, it means ‘born in an iPod world so I don’t understand music (and life) is for sharing'” Continue reading

#TrendThursday | What makes you buy a book?

#TrendThursday | What makes you buy a book?

In this edition of #TrendThursday I am asking you all, what makes you buy a book? For books like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Perks of Being a Wallflower and Treasure Island, my decision is based on the fact that they are classics that I would enjoy, rather than being persuaded by a particular review or description by anyone in particular. And for many others, they have been popular for years, and some have even had films made.

But for the newly released books, what makes you buy them? Is it a book review on WordPress, is it a Twitter campaign done by a publisher, what about Goodreads’ reviewers that have read an ARC, or could it be something you have seen on YouTube, Instagram or Facebook, or perhaps you are a traditionalist and you enjoy a review in a newspaper? Let me know what make you buy a book… 

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Spare Room Project

Spare Room Project 

An appreciation post of sorts. Since graduating from university in August 2016 I have been trying my best to get my foot in the door at publishing houses as I have decided that working in a marketing and publicity role at a publishing house, or as an agent’s assistant at a literary agency is what I ultimately want to do. For those of you that are unaware of the publishing industry in the U.K., the central hub of publishing houses is London, although there are some in areas like Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol, but the majority are based in London.

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The Spare Room Project was founded to set up “aspirant publishers outside of London with publishing people in the capital, who can give them accommodation for a week. One of the starkest challenges to diversity in publishing is the difficulty faced by those who live outside of London and have no friends or family there to put them up, while they do an internship or work experience placement. This pilot scheme will start to address the issue by asking people working in publishing in London to pledge the use of a spare room in their house for a week. They will then be matched with an aspirant publisher, who will have arranged work experience in London for that week.” Continue reading

#TrendThursday | How helpful are figures like Zoella for the publishing industry?

#TrendThursday | How helpful are figures like Zoella for the publishing industry?

This week’s topic is focusing on the pros and cons of having popular YouTubers and social media people releasing books.

The top 6 reviews of Girl Online by Zoella (Zoe Sugg) are all rated 1 or 2 stars, in fact 9 out of the top 10 reviews were rated as such. However, the top review didn’t even read the book, they just wanted to rant about the fact that a popular YouTuber got a book deal because the fangirls and boys would read the book to satisfy their thirst for more information about her. But to be fair to her, quite a lot of the 5 star reviews are from fans that have given their rating before the book was even published as they put posts like “so excited for this!”, “I love Zoella!” and other similar reviews.  Continue reading