The end of the year is a good time to look back before looking forward. So here is my list of reasons I’m glad to be a young adult writer.
- I read lots and lots of awesome YA books.
- I hang out on Twitter with lots and lots of awesome YA writers/authors.
- I learn about new awesome books before they are even published.
- I relive some awful, embarrassing, or wonderful, empowering moments of my life.
- I suffer teen-like angst about my writing abilities.
- I relive all the self-doubt I thought I had conquered more years ago than I plan to let on in this public forum.
- I have made awesome friends through writing, including (but not limited to) my critique partners.
- I have conversations about my favorite topic (books!) with my teenaged niece and nephew.
- I am the family YA book expert.
- I compile lists of books for my 7-year-old son to read now or in the future.
- I attend conferences with other writers and agents, editors, book publicists, etc. to learn more about childrens’ publishing, which has the added benefit of giving this Mama a very short break from being a Mama.
- I read any time of day and call it research.
- The manager of the café in our library knows me.
- I read my friends manuscripts and get to help them make them better.
Feel free to add your own reasons in the comments.