Over the last six months, I’ve talked about a handful of novels coming out each month that are debuts, and now that the year is coming to a close and we’ve seen the William C. Morris YA Debut Award shortlist for this year, I thought I’d talk about some of the resources for keeping up with next year’s debut novelists. I still plan to highlight some of them each month, but if you want to discover more or get a head start on building your to-be-read piles for 2012, here are some great places to start.
The Class of 2k12 website is run by 20 debut novelists and it includes a wealth of information. This group is extremely accessible and readers can find out how to connect with the different authors here. Extremely useful for librarians who might be interested in chats, Skype visits, and more, too. The group also does monthly giveaways and other promotions via their blog.
There’s some cross-over between the Class of 2k12 collaborative site and The Apocalypsies, but not entirely. And don’t let the name fool you–the debut authors on this website have written more than just science fiction or fantasy. Their books run the gamut. The Apocalypsies offer information about the books and authors, and they offer a prolific blogging presence. They talk not only about their books, but also books by authors who aren’t part of the group.
This year, authors Beth Revis, Jeff Hirsch, Julia Karr, Elana Johnson, and Angie Smibert (all 2011 debuts) started a blog called The League of Extraordinary Writers, focused on debut dystopian novels. The tradition will continue next year with a new group of writers, all publishing their first books–dystopian, of course–in 2012.
Readers who are interested in writing or the path to publication will find these blogs fascinating, as will those who enjoy reading, period.
— Kelly Jensen, currently reading Catch & Release by Blythe Woolston