Sunday, March 29, 2009

Congratulations to Hannah Harrington!

Hannah isn't the Hannah who contributes to this blog, however, she's been friends with all of us at YAYA since the dawn of all things important, and so of course we had to congratulate her recent sale.

Hannah's novel, SAVING JUNE, was acquired by Harlequin's new YA line, Harlequin Teen.

Here's an edited version of the Publishers Marketplace announcement (edited to protect the innocent, I mean).

Hannah Harrington's SAVING JUNE, in which a girl trying to come to terms with her perfect older sister's suicide takes a road trip and finds love with a mysterious boy who may know more about her sister's life and death than he's telling.

Congratulations, Hannah!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

More Housekeeping Notes from the Blogmistress General

Okay. I'm sure some of you have noticed the abundance of dust happening in the corners and the stacks and stacks of dirty dishes. Truth is, I haven't neatened up the blog in a while (college applications = death). Probably the archives aren't very archivey, and the links on the side of the page aren't linking to everyone they should be. Also all of the bloggers' ages on the side of the page... yeah. Those are all one year less than they should be. (I'm sure some of our cohorts wouldn't object if I left 'em like that, however...)

So I'll be straightening things up around here during the next couple of weeks. And gently prodding people to make posts more regularly, although I doubt we'll approach anything like a schedule.

That's about it, folks. I'll see you when the dust subsides.

Friday, March 6, 2009

How Do You Deal With Criticism?

This is really me searching for advice.

Who do you listen to you? Fellow writers, your best friend, your teacher? If someone critiques you, what process do you go through to separate the valuable stuff from the bullshit? How do you keep a critique that seems like a critique of you as a writer in general, not just of a certain work, from bringing you down completely?

Give me your methods, folks.

<3 hannah