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YAauthors on Twitter

(Note to LJ flist: This is just a place for me to display all the rules for my Twitter community I formed. Please disregard this entry, or, if you read it, definitely FOLLOW US if you have a Twitter and like what you see!)


What We're All About
Feel free to read over our brief run down of quote unquote rules and regulations. It gives you an idea of how we run our account.

1. Following Young Adult (or YA as they are more commonly known) authors who have become addicted to Twitter like the rest of us lowly souls. All genres welcome. Spawned out of the sheer fact that we were sick of finding out our favorite YA authors had Twitter accounts months after they had created them. Please note, we will only follow accounts after confirming it is the actual author tweeting.

What exactly is YA fiction? Wikipedia states: Young-adult fiction, whether in the form of novels or short stories, has distinct attributes that distinguish it from the other age categories of fiction: Adult fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, and Children's Fiction. The vast majority of YA stories portray an adolescent as the protagonist, rather than an adult or a child. The line is sometimes blurred between when certain books stop being appropriate for younger audiences and when it's a book that's at the cusp of YA fiction but was technically written for an older crowd. I, myself, on numerous occassions as a teenager have read paranormal fiction that I'd deem inappropriate for someone that age, but just the same enjoyed it immensely. There are tons of books out there that fit this definition, and tons of readers in our position. Unfortunately, while we would love to add every author we enjoy -- even if they don't have any YA fiction under their belts -- we want to make it fair to everyone. That means we'll only be focusing on what Wikipedia states as YA fiction. You can read a more in-depth description here.

Note to YA authors who haven't been published yet: As long as it states on your website or elsewhere that you are in the process of having a book published soon, we will definitely follow you. We always make an attempt to check out whatever we can about authors we are not familiar with who choose to follow us, website or no.

I'm not technically published yet, but I will be someday! While we would love to follow every almost-author who has a manuscript ready and waiting for an agent to pick up, we can't do that. We don't like being strict about this, but if we followed you, we would potentially have to follow anyone who's said they've written something but don't have an agent, publisher, or a set release date for their book. We love hearing about new books, though, so don't let this discourage you. Follow us. The second your book has a release date, be it a year from now, send us an @reply and we will definitely follow you back, check out your book, and promote it on our Twitter feed.

Note to authors new to our Twitter: Feel free to follow us and then un-follow us once we follow you. We won't sic any rabid zombies on you, we swear. ;)

If you're an author following us and we haven't started following you within a week: Definitely @reply or direct message us to let us know. If you have been published or are in the process of getting published and you're not well-known as of yet or don't have a website listing your already released books or books being released soon clearly, it can be difficult for us to find information on the web to confirm that you're an actual author.

2. Fans of YA fiction and nonfiction are welcome to follow us. We only follow authors, but we do try to respond to anyone who @replies us.

3. To make our account more active and interesting to fans, we will re-Tweet (or RT) important information found on authors' websites, blogs, and, of course, Twitter accounts.

4. We will also be tweeting our own book recommendations and authors to follow. Be on the lookout for those!

Fans: Please feel free to interact with us whenever possible! We want to hear your opinions on books, as well as book and author recs! @Reply us whenever you want!

If you have any other questions, please check our favorites on our Twitter account (located in the sidebar directly under Tweets) first before you ask them. If you don't see it answered, direct message us or send us an e-mail: YAauthorsonTwitter@gmail.com.


The Face Behind the Tweets

Shannon
Age: 25
Favorite book genres (YA or otherwise): Action, chick-lit, fantasy, historical, horror, manga, mystery, mythology, play, romance (usually only including the paranormal otherwise it bores the ever living hell out of me), sci-fi (in small quantities), supernatural, thriller, and urban fantasy
Favorite authors: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Holly Black, Meg Cabot, Rachel Caine, Becca Fitzpatrick, Claudia Gray, John Green, Charlie Huston, Daniel Handler, Deborah Lynn Jones, Annette Curtis Klause, Stephenie Meyer, Louise Rennison, J. K. Rowling, Ellen Schreiber, Laurie Faria Stolarz, Cate Tiernan, Vivian Vande Velde, Chris Wooding, and Mr. William Shakespeare
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dumplinghead/
Blog: http://takebackup.tumblr.com/
Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/crystaltokyos/

At the moment, I am currently a one-woman show mostly due to the fact that I don't have a job *coughs*. BUT I could always use extra help updating the account because there are days when I'm especially busy and can't get to everything. I would also love help finding the spectacularly large number of book giveaways going around on numerous book blogs. Since I'm more of a paranormal/fantasy book lover, it would be wonderful to have someone on-board that is more interested in "real-life" fiction. However, you can still definitely request a position even if you're a paranormal nut like I am, lol. If you feel that you can dedicate your time at least twice a week to updating our Twitter feed, please don't hesitate to send me a direct message. More information will of course be given to you once we start e-mailing each other.

Be forewarned that I am considering expanding this little project on the web. I would love to finally have a website dedicated to reviewing YA books and hosting book giveaways (that pesky not-having-a-job business has prevented me from doing this). I am also thinking about starting a YouTube account, but that will be a little ways down the road. You don't necessarily have to participate in any of these, but it would be preferable to have people involved in maintaining the website with me (whenever I officially get it off the ground and running). Again, if you're interested in assisting with writing reviews, I would like to have a group of people writing for varied YA genres, but I still don't mind if you're strictly a paranormal/fantasy reader.
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