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November Ketchup

30 Nov

This month has been crazy! Between announcing my next publication and getting involved in a social media rage-war, I’ve loved November more than I ever could have guessed. We’ll get to the “why” part below.

For those of you just now checking in this month, Ketchup actually means “catch up.” At the end of every month, I write these posts describing what goes on behind the scenes at ShannonAThompson.com. Some of the topics I cover include my big moments, top blog posts, my top referrer, #1 SEO term, and more in order to show insights that will hopefully help fellow bloggers see what was popular. I also hope it entertains the readers who want “extras” for this website.

Thank you for being a part of my life this November!

Big Moments:

First thing is first: I signed Bad Bloods with Clean Teen Publishing. It’ll be a two-part series, with part one—November Rain—releasing on July 25, 2016, and part two—November Snow—releasing one week later. The final blurbs were released this month too! And I cannot wait to see Bad Bloods come to life again after eight years of slumber.

In other news, wwww.ShannonAThompson.com hit 20,000 followers! Yipeee! I am blown away by you all, and I’m quite grateful for your love. I love you back. ❤

Minutes Before Sunset was nominated for the Cybils Award in Young Adult Speculative Fiction.

~SAT

Top Three Blog Posts:

1. Don’t Understand #MorallyComplicatedYA? Here’s Some Info: A trending topic I immediately got myself involved with via Twitter, Facebook, and my website. This covered an enraging article, as well as many authors’ reactions, and why situations like this need to be acknowledged, so we can make a change in the publishing industry.

2. My Next Publication, Two Books, Release Dates, and More: I announced my next publication and the release dates! I’m really looking forward to seeing the original November Snow transform into Bad Bloods, part one and part two.

3. Writers Who Don’t Write: Sometimes writers need a break too. This is a short article about why and what I do during my breaks, and also why we need to stop saying “writers write.”

#1 Clicked Item was TTDT on Amazon

#1 Clicked Item was TTDT on Amazon

Other Blog Posts:

UntitledWriting Help From the World: When I struggled with an element as mundane as weather, I never thought to just look outside my window.

Writing Rituals: All You Need to Know by Heena Rathore P. Writing rituals can help energize and organize you.

Your Perfect Workplace at Home: How to Organize it by Emily Johnson: https://shannonathompson.com/2015/11/02/perfect-workplace/ A brilliant way to energize your environment and productivity.

My Writer’s Story: Different to the One I Imagined by Shane Joseph: We all have dreams. But they don’t always turn out how we thought they would.

#1 Referrer was WordPress' Reader

#1 Referrer was WordPress’ Reader

Pitch Competitions: An unusual way to try to query agents, but well worth it and lots of fun.

Saturdate: Bad Bloods Blurbs, Mockingjay, Steampunk, and more: You know, just the usual weekly update. Loved Mockingjay and released the official blurbs for Bad Bloods.

6 Tools to Improve Your Grammar by Sarah Whitson: We could all use a little extra help at perfecting our manuscripts.

Saturdate: Next Publication, Our Brand is Crisis, Cocoa Coffee, & More: The beginning of announcing Bad Bloods and treats.

Saturdate: Spectre, Presidents, MBTI Test, and More: Bad Bloods is releasing during an election year, which is neat since it’s about an election, and I’m an INTJ.

Website Wonders: A monthly classic

Calculated on November 26 at 20,524 followers

Calculated on November 26 at 20,524 followers

Don’t Understand #MorallyComplicatedYA? Here’s Some Info.

25 Nov

Whoa! Shannon is posting outside her regularly scheduled posts. What?

Yes. I am. Because this is a big deal.

At first I was only going to share fellow YA female writers who have written morally complex novels that often included violence, but I understand more want actual info…which I will provide links to below. But, before that, here was my original post:

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Many of you probably saw me lose my lid last night and all day today. I normally followed up my rants with #MorallyComplicatedYA. If you didn’t get involved, you still can. Basically, please share YA books with female protagonists who are morally complicated (so basically every character in existence), but please share books written by females. I don’t want to bring more attention to the author who basically dissed the entire YA industry, especially females in general, but it seems that it’s the only way to get people to fight back. Here are some articles for more information. Some discuss the actual events, others are reaction pieces, others explain the importance of this. Get involved. Bring attention to the right books.

First, the article that started it all:

YA Debut Gets Six-Figure Deal, Sold to 16 Territories

Now Victoria Avevard discussing why this is so upsetting:

What Are Your Thoughts on Scott Bergstrom?

Now some repercussions and harsh truths about the publishing industry:

If you enjoy a good book and you’re a woman, critics think you’re wrong.

Another sum-up to get you motivated again:

YA Author Criticizes Genre for Lack of Morally Complicated Books 

Why we should be positive instead of negative:

In Which We Are Thankful For The Legacy of Others.

And books we SHOULD be reading and sharing:

17 Books That Prove YA is Morally Complicated

Share your favorite female authors. Share your favorite morally complicated books. Share your favorite YA series. Discuss it. Inform others. Bring attention to books that deserve it.  

Here are some of my FAVORITE #MorallyComplicatedYA novels written by females.

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The Conjurer’s Riddle by Andrea Cremer: The second book in The Inventor’s Secret series expands the world to the rebellion, showing that everything and everyone Charolette has fought for might not be good after all. This includes her family, her friends, and the losses in between…and she might have to fight everything she knows without understanding why.

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz: This terrifying tale revolves around a bloody war. Racism, prostitution, and cannibalism are discussed numerous times, and not everything is morally black and white.

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski: The second book in The Winner’s Trilogy, Kestrel also finds herself making personal sacrifices surrounding her own happiness and family in order to keep a country together that might not be well-intended.

The White Rose by Amy Ewing: My current read, also the second book in The Lone City. Violet must disrupt a rebellion she knows nothing about in order to follow her gut and save friends.

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare: The second book in The Infernal Devices follows Tess as she is pulled between family, loss, new friends, and a lack of identity in a violent world.

~SAT

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