I've recently discovered a very helpful and cool ning site: #YALITCHAT.
It was created by people who chat on Twitter using the #YALITCHAT hashtag. Clever right?
(from the site:)
#YAlitchat is a weekly chat held on twitter, Wednesdays at 9PM Eastern and attended by those involved in the book publishing business. Sometimes, we have the pleasure of readers, librarians and parents of teens, all wishing to share their point of view. This community is meant so serve as an extension of the weekly chats so as not to limit our communication to 140 characters and one hour and fifteen minutes. The community is available every day, all day. We write, read and live YA!
I was welcomed with open arms, and found some very useful tips about writing.
For those who write, there are groups where you can find Crit Partners, you can submit your MS's first five pages for review and feedback from the other members, basically, you can discuss anything YA!
I found great blog posts about agents, query letters, how to start your book with a great 1st chapter...
I've submitted my first five pages and received great feedback!
You should definitely go and take a look around. Might find something interesting.
Also, I wanted to point you to a group on the site: the YA(litchat) Review Board.
I was created for teens ages 14-18, to give feedback to YA writers. Basically it's like getting an online ARC. If you'd be interested in joining the network, and help out some really cool aspiring authors, then go here, and say I sent you!
The network is growing more and more everyday, and I dare say, soon it'll be a to-go place to find some really good advice, feedback and tips.
Click on the banner to go to the site!