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June 14, 2018
The 5 Stages of Your Fave Book Becoming a Movie
Books get turned into movies and TV shows all the time. Divergent. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before...
May 29, 2018
You Are What You Read: Living Vicariously Through Characters
Many of us read books to escape. We want to visit new worlds, meet exciting characters, and discover realities we...
April 3, 2018
5 Sporty YA Books That Will Leave You Cheering
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite sporty YA novels.
March 13, 2018
3 YA Female Character Tropes That Can See Themselves Out ASAP
Let’s face it—even though we’re living in the golden age of young adult fiction (I just decided...
February 2, 2018
5 Things Book Lovers Want for Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day. The day that we all celebrate who we love, whether it’s a romantic partner, a best...
January 29, 2018
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Writing and Paragraph Length
Finished with big edits? Time to look at how the length of your sentences and paragraphs can help you story sing.
January 9, 2018
The First Three Things Editors Notice
Grab an editor’s attention by incorporating these elements into your manuscript.
December 19, 2017
Super-Specific Book Recommendations (Part II)
Back by popular demand. See which book you should read next.
December 5, 2017
Super-Specific Book Recommendations (Part I)
See which book you should read next (romance edition).
November 28, 2017
How to Speak Publishing (Part III)
Let’s face it—sometimes editors, agents, and authors sound like they’re speaking a foreign language. There’s so...
November 14, 2017
Celebrate International Girls Day with These Four Kick-Butt Female YA Characters
I love to read novels about young women who are taking the world by storm, whether they’re making a...
October 24, 2017
A Broadway Buff's Guide to YA
It’s not a secret at Swoon HQ that I am the resident musical theater lover. I grew up listening...
October 10, 2017
5 Weird Reasons that Book-Lovers Love Autumn
As a person, my favorite season is summer. I’m a Leo (#lionpride), so I live for hot days, Italian...
September 26, 2017
Sticking the Landing: Dos and Don'ts of Great Endings
Make the ending of your novel just as great as the beginning.
June 13, 2017
Unlikable Characters: How to Make Them Work
For many readers, the first thing that hooks them when they open a book is the main character. They are...
April 28, 2017
Why Wasn't I Chosen?: An Open Edit Letter (Part VIII)
Dear Swoon Readers, You gave us so many great manuscripts to choose from this season! Thank you for all of...
April 25, 2017
Tag, You’re It!: Why Simple Dialogue Tags Are Your Friend
As writers, we’re always looking for ways to spice up our writing. Slang words! Creative formatting! Italics and bolds...
April 19, 2017
So You’ve Made a Social Media Account
Even if you’ve never used social media, it’s never too late to jump online and get social! Feeling...
March 28, 2017
A Social Media Starter’s Guide: 3 Things All Writers Should Know
For the people who use it, social media is a treasure trove of cat gifs, memes, and lively discussion. But...
March 10, 2017
Starting Off Right: 3 Tips for Writing a Strong First Page
Here’s our checklist of things you want to achieve on page one of your manuscript.
March 1, 2017
Why Attend a Writers Conference?
As a writer, whether you’re published or pre-published, there are a lot of different ways to build your network...