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Announcing Our Debut Young Adult Newsletter!

Posted by Elizabeth on May 17, 2013 5



For a long time we’ve wanted to expand our editorial products at Goodreads. Our general newsletter is great, but one of the coolest things we learned as we created the site was how readers around the world bond over a shared love of a particular genre, be it literature from 1900 to WWII, steampunk, or books about sailing. Knowing that, we wanted to provide a newsletter tailored to your passions.

Today, I’m pleased to announce that we are launching our first genre-themed newsletter, with the plan to create many more in the future. We started with a voracious group on Goodreads: our YA readers. And we hope you’ll be satisfied!

We didn’t want to take ourselves too seriously with this missive. It’s chockablock with new books to discover, paired with as much opportunity as possible to interact with YA authors you know and love.

For example, we’ve created a video feature entitled, Three, Two, One…Chat. Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, co-authors of the new book, Invisibility, are our first subjects. There are no “Tell us what inspired your novel?” questions. Instead we ask, “Who was your first crush?” and “What would you do if you were invisible?” We also have a puppy interlude. What’s that? You’ll just have to watch.

Our “You asked…” section is an interview with an author completely composed of your questions. Each month we will also Meet a Goodreader. Maybe it's a die-hard YA reader on the site with lots of followers, or a user with an interesting blog, or maybe it's someone who works as an editor or an illustrator in the genre. If you know someone noteworthy on Goodreads, please nominate them in the comments below! We also have Quizzes, Trivia and a Covers Contest. Of course, we have our ubiquitous Movers & Shakers, this time tailored to the genre, and, for a final morsel, an illustrated quote of the month.

For this project, we've brought in Jade Chang to join our team, a great writer and editor whom I’ve had the privilege to work with over the past 10 years.

So please enjoy! And tell us which genres you want next!

Happy Reading,
Elizabeth

P.S. If you want to make sure to receive future YA newsletters be sure to mark the option to receive the Young Adult Newsletter in your Email Preferences. You also may want to mark the option "Send me monthly newsletters for my favorite genres when they become available" if you are interested in another genre.

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message 1: by Suzy (new)

Suzy Vitello Super great idea! Can't wait to read the first one!


message 2: by Emily (new)

Emily This is so exciting!


message 3: by A.L. (new)

A.L. Phillips How cool! So excited to read it!


message 4: by Cody (new)

Cody Doll I am too excited to start reading this newletter. I also can't wait to get more genres too! I am soo excited.


message 5: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Cantino So excited! YA is my favorite genre and I work as a YA librarian so this is perfect! Great genre to start with :)


message 6: by MandyM (new)

MandyM Hoping there's a Romance newsletter in the future?


message 7: by Maddison (new)

Maddison Am very excited for this. I love Ya contemporary so i'm sure this help me find a good read


message 8: by Endi (new)

Endi Webb YA was my favorite as a teen, and still my favorite as an adult to both read and write. Does this mean I'll never grow up?

Can't wait to read it.


message 9: by J. Lynnes (new)

J. Lynnes Lynnes This seems like a great idea!


message 11: by Elevetha (new)

Elevetha Booknut 101 for the "Meet a Goodreader" nominations.


message 12: by Janae (new)

Janae This awesome thanks!!


message 13: by Jack (last edited May 17, 2013 04:25PM) (new)

Jack I think Sunny who runs a beautiful book blog (http://asupersunnyspot.blogspot.com) would be a great nomination for Meet A Goodreader!


message 14: by Sunny (new)

Sunny A Jack wrote: "I think Sunny who runs a beautiful book blog (http://asupersunnyspot.blogspot.com) would be a great nomination for Meet A Goodreader!"

Jack your so awesome. Thanks so much, you've made my day! I would like to nominate Jack back because not only does he have a amazing blog (http://yabookstop.wordpress.com/) but he's just awesome.


message 16: by Julia (new)

Julia I just received the newsletter and it's great! I'm looking forward to a Historic Fiction newsletter :)


message 17: by Sandi (new)

Sandi There are no “Tell us what inspired your novel?” questions. Instead we ask, “Who was your first crush?” and “What would you do if you were invisible?”

I'm a little confused. Why wouldn't you ask authors what inspired them to write their novel? Why people write the books they write would seem to be the most interesting question.


message 18: by Maddison (new)

Maddison Sandi wrote: "There are no “Tell us what inspired your novel?” questions. Instead we ask, “Who was your first crush?” and “What would you do if you were invisible?”

I'm a little confused. Why wouldn't you ask a..."


yep I agree that it would be a good question


message 19: by Jenny (new)

Jenny J This is really awesome. I love YA most and I am a moderator on a YA group and it's nice to have some new ideas for my group.


message 20: by Emma (new)

Emma Kudos!


message 21: by Zoe and the Edge (new)

Zoe and the Edge Why is the "YA" such a girly theme? YA includes books for boys too!


message 22: by Oksana (new)

Oksana  *Bookaholic* WHOO!!! This is an awesome addition.


message 23: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly cool idea


message 24: by ☆Kiran ☆ (new)

☆Kiran ☆ Woah... just woah.. MY MIND HAS BEEN BLOWN!!! I can't take anymore of this!!! I can't wait for this!!


message 25: by Richard (new)

Richard Astacio Awesome!!


message 26: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Can't wait for this! YA is my favourite genre! :)


message 27: by CJ (new)

CJ Wow. Sounds awesome! I hope to now some time soon continue working on my young adult novel that I need somebody to one day publish.

This is great news, Goodreads!!!!

It is unintentionally influenced by S. E. Hinton though it would have lot of other values as well.

I'm going to have to extract the drafts though and it will take some time.

Young adult is a nice genre... when it is used right anyway (not the controversial way that I think has a negative effect on the teens. "Adult" should not be taken as purely that kind of theme). I think the world needs more writers that have a vision about what they think people should discover in life that is more than just what we merely see.

This world needs to know what is good in life and what matters.


message 28: by Numey {Azra, creator of Azura} (last edited May 17, 2013 10:16PM) (new)

Numey {Azra, creator of Azura} I liked it. However, seeing it with pink shades was quite surprising. q:
Oh and I love the the quote addition to the newsletter! :)
And the 'meet a goodreader' that's new...

It definitely has a 'YA - look' but making it too 'teen-ish' seems absurd :/
Because YA is liked by almost all age groups.


message 29: by CJ (new)

CJ ✮ Ї'м Йоt Шєїґd, Ї'м Gїftєd ღ ~ Йцмєу ☮ wrote: "I liked it. However, seeing it with pink shades was quite surprising. q:
Oh and I love the the quote addition to the newsletter! :)
And the 'meet a goodreader' that's new...

It definitely has a '..."


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Hey YOU LOOK familiar!!! Lol.

You are in a writing group that I am part of too. How are you Humey?


message 30: by Numey {Azra, creator of Azura} (last edited May 18, 2013 12:03AM) (new)

Numey {Azra, creator of Azura} Um, my name is Numey, not Humey :P
I might be 'cause the 'popularity bug' has bit me XD
I am fine, how about you?


message 31: by CJ (new)

CJ Sorry.
Numey. I am ridiculous! Lol.

Doing good. :)


Numey {Azra, creator of Azura} No worries, that Russian font is quite confusing :P
Great =)


message 33: by Sandheep (new)

Sandheep Nair Next genre MUST be Fantasy. Make it happen, Goodreads.


Numey {Azra, creator of Azura} Sandheep wrote: "Next genre MUST be Fantasy. Make it happen, Goodreads."

+1 =)


message 35: by Book'd (new)

Book'd Elevetha wrote: "Booknut 101 for the "Meet a Goodreader" nominations."

Second this!


message 36: by Awesome A (new)

Awesome A Nice idea! Looking forward to it! Good luck with it! :)


message 37: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Henning Cool. Look forward to reading (and watching) it. Good stuff.


message 38: by Nermin (new)

Nermin Hoping for a fantasy newsletter in the future! Congratulations!


message 39: by Ruby (new)

Ruby Lucy runs an amazing ya book blog (http://queenofcontemporary.blogspot.c...) and would be a fab nomination for Meet A Goodreader!


message 40: by Laura (new)

Laura This is a great idea. I love the new newsletter. Here's hoping NA will get a newsletter in the future :)


message 41: by Prakash (new)

Prakash Krishnani Cool. All the Best to YA...


message 42: by Micky (new)

Micky NA newsletter next please!


message 43: by A. Bookzilla. (new)

A. Bookzilla. What about a New Adult newsletter?


message 44: by Christie72 (new)

Christie72 I think this is a wonderful idea. May I suggest a New Adult newsletter in the future?


message 45: by Monika (new)

Monika It would be great if you did a NA newsletter, too.


message 46: by K (new)

K Love to see an NA newsletter!


message 47: by Sasha (new)

Sasha Cameron Please can we have a New Adult newsletter, Goodreads?


message 48: by ZeniaRA (new)

ZeniaRA Great idea, I'm also on the NA newsletter in the future :-)


message 49: by Laura (new)

Laura Fantasy and Romance would also be nice :)


message 50: by Nicky (new)

Nicky Peacock Hi,

Got my May newsletter today - beautifully designed and easy to read.

I'd love my YA horror novel Bad Blood to be included in the next newsletter - would you be interested in an author interview/ spotlight?

Nicky Peacock
http://nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.c...


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