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Fun Friday: YA Book Sneak Peeks

Welcome to Fun Friday by The Society of YA Storytellers. This week the members share tidbits from some of their novels. Happy reading!

Looking for Lucy Jo (The Morgan Sisters #3) by Suzy Turner


Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm #1) by Kasi Blake


 

Who We Were by Christy Sloat


Learning to Swim (Hearts Out of Water #1) by Annie Cosby


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Fun Friday: Inspiration

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Aahhh! Friday feels so good. AND this Friday is extra special because it’s also Fun Friday. It’s that special day that comes about every other week when members of The Society of YA Storytellers come together to blog on a common topic.

The topic for this Fun Friday is Inspiration. Where do authors find it? Scratch that. Where does anyone find it?

Some find it in music. In my early career, Read More

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Do Word Counts Count? 2014 update

Last year, I compiled a post called Do Word Counts Count? which continues to be the single most viewed post on my blog. It’s not a shock that authors are perplexed when it comes to the subject of word counts. There seems to be no single resource. No hard and fast rules.

So in lieu of rules, I offer you examples. Here’s a look at word counts for some of the most popular YA books on the market.

Barnes & Noble Bestselling Teen Fiction 9/10/2014
Novel Page Count Word Count*
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman 320 80,000
Where She Went by Gale Foreman 304 76,000
The Maze Runner by James Dashner 400 100,000
Four by Veronica Roth 304 76,000
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 384 96,000
The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore 371 92,750
The Giver by Lois Lowry 240 60,000   LOWEST
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 336 84,000
Gone by Michael Grant 576 144,000  HIGHEST
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey 320 80,000
*Word counts are estimated based on the standard of 250 words per page

B & N Bestsellers Average Word Count: 88,875

To get an idea of word count average for indie authors, below are the current bestselling books from Smashwords, a leading distributor of indie novels. As you will see, these are significantly lower word counts than their B&N counterparts.

Smashwords Young Adult/Teen Bestsellers 9/10/13
Novel Words
Lending Light by Rose Christo 94,250
Courting Magic by Stephanie Burgis 34,590  LOWEST
Haunted by Sherry H. Dec 57,920
Rooming with Ash by Zee King 48,150
The Dogs of Balboa by Rose Christo 81,420
The Posterchildren: Origins by Kitty Burroughs 133,870  HIGHEST
B Chord by Mike Robertson 84,440
Notice Me by Lili Lam 92,360
Storm Shells by GJ Walker-Smith 126,680
Ashley Fulton & the Secret of Europe by Ross Rossin 85,610

Smashwords Bestsellers Average Word Count: 83, 829

I found it interesting that a novella made it into the Smashwords bestsellers. If you read my article of last year, you’ll see one novella in that list too. Also, our highest word count, The Posterchildren: Origins, appeared on last year’s list; however, the author must have uploaded a lengthier, revised version as last year’s word count was only 127,604 (compared to stated 133,870 words this year).

And speaking of last year, I thought it would be fun to compare these numbers to the article I wrote last year to see if I could spot any trends. And I did. Average words counts for 2014 are noticeably lower than those of last year. The Smashwords (indie and small press) novels dipped slightly in word counts; while the traditionally published bestsellers from B&N greatly decreased in word count, nearly meeting the typically lower counts of the indies.

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Did indies get it right? Are traditionally published authors now scrambling to produce shorter works? Is less more in the fiction novel industry? I’ll let you be the judge.

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My Top 10 Summer Blockbuster Quotes of 2014

Every other Friday, the novelists of The Society of YA Storytellers blog on a common topic for fun or education, but mostly for fun. It’s called “Fun Friday” after all!

This week’s topic: Summer Blockbusters! Being the movie geek that I am I couldn’t pass this one up without my own creative twist. Instead of giving you my picks for the summer, I’ve decided to pull out my favorite quotes from this summer’s blockbuster movies. The awesome begins now… Read More

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My week as a Gisher

If you’ve noticed that I pretty much dropped off the grid this week, you can blame (or thank) GISHWHES, the international scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins of the CW’s Supernatural. For one week, geekdom crowns Collins its prince of mayhem, a job in which he shows great skill.

I decided to participate in GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) this year to see what the fuss was all about. It’s touted by past participants as a life changing experience. Hunt participants, dubbed “gishers”, are challenged to create art, reach out to their communities, conduct acts of kindness, and break the humdrum of everyday life with insane antics.  Read More

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Summer Lovin’ Story Event

preferred author badgeThrilled to be a preferred author for the Summer Lovin’ Story Event hosted by The Society of YA Storytellers. It’s a really cool giveaway where the winner will get a YA summer romance flash fiction story written just for them from their choice of the preferred authors.

I imagine there might be a few jabs over the next month between us as we compete to try to gain the attention of the future winner.  Pick me! Pick me! Keep tabs on Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to enter the event by clicking the ENTER button below.

 

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Get more details on the Summer Lovin’ Story Event & catch other giveaways from The Society at http://yastorytellers.com/giveaways/

 

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