firstdraftwithsarahenni:


HAPPY NATIONAL PODCASTING DAY!

Unlike Valentine’s Day, this is most certainly not a holiday concocted for strictly commercial purposes. No way. To celebrate, catch up on the First Draft Podcast archives! Intimate, in-depth conversations with some of the coolest voices in Young Adult and Middle Grade lit right now.
Sumayyah Daud, cyberpunk YA debut BEGIN AGAIN
Robin Talley, historical YA debut LIES WE TELL OURSELVES
Caroline Tung Richmond, alternative history THE ONLY THING TO FEAR
Lindsay Smith, supernatural spy thrillers SEKRET and SKANDAL
Cristin Terrill, time-travel thriller ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
Ellen Oh, Korean fantasy the PROPHECY series and founder of #WeNeedDiverseBooks
Claire Legrand, MG spookies THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS and THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, and YA Nutcracker retelling WINTERSPELL
Kara Taylor (Thomas), murder-mystery series PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
Michelle Schusterman, MG contemp series I HEART BAND, forthcoming MGs THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and MAUDEVILLE
Heidi Schulz, MG debut HOOK’S REVENGE and its forthcoming sequel, HOOK’S REVENGE: THE PIRATE CODE
Gretchen McNeil, YA mystery/horror/suspense novels GET EVEN and its forthcoming sequel GET DIRTY, TEN, POSSESS, and 3:59
Rachel Fershleiser, Tumblr’s supreme book czar, co-author of SIX WORD MEMOIRS
Meagan Spooner, sci-fi thriller LARK ASCENDING of the SKYLARK series and co-author of THESE BROKEN STARS and the STARBOUND trilogy
Listen to the interviews here on Tumblr, or download them at iTunes or Stitcher! If you like it, think about rating or reviewing the podcast there, too!
Click here to learn more about the personal journey behind the project. I love podcasts - like, maybe too much - and contributing an audio project of my own has been incredible. I hope you enjoy!

firstdraftwithsarahenni:

HAPPY NATIONAL PODCASTING DAY!

Unlike Valentine’s Day, this is most certainly not a holiday concocted for strictly commercial purposes. No way. To celebrate, catch up on the First Draft Podcast archives! Intimate, in-depth conversations with some of the coolest voices in Young Adult and Middle Grade lit right now.

  • Sumayyah Daud, cyberpunk YA debut BEGIN AGAIN
  • Robin Talley, historical YA debut LIES WE TELL OURSELVES
  • Caroline Tung Richmond, alternative history THE ONLY THING TO FEAR
  • Lindsay Smith, supernatural spy thrillers SEKRET and SKANDAL
  • Cristin Terrill, time-travel thriller ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
  • Ellen Oh, Korean fantasy the PROPHECY series and founder of #WeNeedDiverseBooks
  • Claire Legrand, MG spookies THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS and THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, and YA Nutcracker retelling WINTERSPELL
  • Kara Taylor (Thomas), murder-mystery series PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
  • Michelle Schusterman, MG contemp series I HEART BAND, forthcoming MGs THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and MAUDEVILLE
  • Heidi Schulz, MG debut HOOK’S REVENGE and its forthcoming sequel, HOOK’S REVENGE: THE PIRATE CODE
  • Gretchen McNeil, YA mystery/horror/suspense novels GET EVEN and its forthcoming sequel GET DIRTY, TEN, POSSESS, and 3:59
  • Rachel Fershleiser, Tumblr’s supreme book czar, co-author of SIX WORD MEMOIRS
  • Meagan Spooner, sci-fi thriller LARK ASCENDING of the SKYLARK series and co-author of THESE BROKEN STARS and the STARBOUND trilogy

Listen to the interviews here on Tumblr, or download them at iTunes or Stitcher! If you like it, think about rating or reviewing the podcast there, too!

Click here to learn more about the personal journey behind the project. I love podcasts - like, maybe too much - and contributing an audio project of my own has been incredible. I hope you enjoy!

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I know that’s a hard thing to stomach but sometimes you are just not going to write 500 words. Don’t make yourself feel like you need to make up the difference the next day. I know Scrivener’s word count goal things says you should, but really don’t feel like you have to. Fuck that guy. — Feeling stuck in your WIP? Sumayyah Daud has tips for getting back on the horse.
You just spent 30 days writing around 1,600 words a day. It will be terrible. There will be places where you wrote [RETURN TO THIS SCENE AT A LATER DATE] or [SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENS FIGURE IT OUT AFTER CHRISTMAS]. That’s okay. — Get tips from Sumayyah Daud on how to conquer November ~ “NaNoWriMo Approacheth!”
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firstdraftwithsarahenni:

The inaugural First Draft podcast! A discussion with the lovely Sumayyah Daud, 24-year old author of the forthcoming BEGIN AGAIN, about radical happiness, Bill Shakespeare’s butt jokes, and #WeNeedDiverseBooks.

Show Notes:

N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Audre Lorde A Litany For Survival and Sister Outsider

NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month

Donna Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century.”

Charlotte Dacre Zofloya

Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper

Sumayyah’s blog post at YA Highway, “I’m Still Here”

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I’m not advocating for silence, but for a restructuring of how we think about those of us underrepresented in the young adult publishing community. Instead of thinking of us as people that need to be lifted up or spoken for, consider us equals and the people who should be driving this conversation, instead of just grateful to sit at the table. I’m Still Here by Sumayyah Daud

Think about it this way:

There’s a group of us. We’re either whispering quietly because we don’t want to upset anyone, or we’re just out of your sight so you can’t really hear us. And then, all of a sudden, somehow you hear us or someone leaves the group and tells you or someone voices their frustrations to you. And instead of listening, or providing them a space to boost that voice so people in other rooms will hear them, you walk back to their private room and start shouting. And people in other rooms hear you and they say ‘wow this is so great I’ve never thought of this before’ and they keep passing it on.

But we’ve been having this conversation the entire time.

— “I’m Still Here" by Sumayyah Daud

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Ten 2014 YA books written by people of color. 

Feel free to add to this list and make it a giant resource for those looking to read more widely. 

+ BEGIN AGAIN by Sumayyah Daud

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sonicscrewingdarren:

teadalek:

#this is literally me and I’m only like 20

#this is literally me and I’m still a youth

#this has been me since birth.

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sarahenni:

The YA Highway girls answering tons of great questions #yahighway

Thanks to everyone who came to our first group signing event last week in Shelton, WA!

sarahenni:

The YA Highway girls answering tons of great questions #yahighway

Thanks to everyone who came to our first group signing event last week in Shelton, WA!