Archive for the ‘YA’ Category

Thanksgiving Crazes: 7 Bizarre Real-life Hunger Games Facts

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Thanksgiving is about spending time with friends and family where people sometimes enjoy good entertainment. Recently, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 movie, has stirred up some interesting news like #MyHungerGames. Below I have listed 7 bizarre real-life Hunger Games facts.   

First Half of 2014: Young Audience Book Deals that are Published

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork I’ve been keeping track of daily book deals for Children to New Adult (NA) on Publisher’s Marketplace. The children’s category consists of the breakdown of three separate categories: Children (under age 8), Middle Grade (MG) ages 8-12, and Young Adult (YA) ages 13-17. The results are quite interesting. Which category do you […]

YA Authors on YouTube

Monday, June 30th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork YouTube is a strange and magical place where the talented can showcase their amazing skills such as putting on their pants with no hands. No really. There’s actually a video of a guy using his lower body to put on a pair of pants. Crazy, I know! See him in action below: 

YA Book Diversity

Monday, May 26th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Over the past several years, there have been recent discussions on the lack of diversity in children’s books. I find the topic to be interesting since most of the children being born in the U.S. today are minorities, including children born of mixed backgrounds. There’s a document that contains facts related to […]

2014 YA Movies Coming Soon…

Monday, April 28th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Some of the best YA movies are adaptations from novels. In the first half of 2014, Vampire Academy and Divergent were released in February and March. To my knowledge, there are only four YA movies left — the most popular is the box office hit, Hunger Games: Mockingjay. I can’t wait to see this one since […]

Being Divergent Rules!

Monday, March 24th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Being divergent rules! The YA dystopian film, Divergent, just came out last weekend. After reading the books in the series and watching the movie, I found myself reflecting on all of those crazy personality tests. If you’re more into searching the stars for answers, try this astrology site, www.horoscope.com. Then again, there […]

A Thankful Writer: Face-to-Face Writing Advice

Monday, November 18th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork What are some things as a reader and/or writer that make you thankful? Everyone is different, but there are five face-to-face things that I enjoy and find helpful. I’m a thankful writer because of the following:

Tricks or Treats?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Would you like tricks as in writing tips and/or treats as in a YA hardcover giveaway contest? Pick one: Tricks or Treats?

Top 10 Favorite YA Heroines

Monday, September 16th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork This list only includes Young Adult (YA) heroines of books written within this decade (2010-2013) that I’ve enjoyed reading so far. I’m sure there are plenty of other books that ought to make this list. Feel free to offer any recommendations.  Here’s my top 10 favorite YA heroines list (in no […]

The Blurred Lines Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

Monday, August 12th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork What’s the difference between science fiction and fantasy? It’s hard to tell sometimes — the boundary lines between science fiction and fantasy can sometimes blur. A classic example of this is the novel A Wrinkle in Time, which combines scientific theories (such as quantum physics and wormholes) with elements of Christian fantasy along with […]

Story Archetypes

Monday, July 15th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork In stories, one of my favorite areas to explore is archetypes. So I’ve decided to reveal a few archetypes found in my YA trilogy. According to Britannica.com, an archetype means, “… original pattern…in literary criticism, [it’s] a primordial image, character, or pattern of circumstances that recurs throughout literature and thought consistently enough to be […]

YA Trends 2013

Monday, June 10th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Do you know what’s popular in Young Adult (YA) fiction? There are lots of opinions on the subject. According to Sarah Fisher at Pepperdine Magazine, “Vampires are done…After vampires, werewolves, and supernaturally strong girls saving a postapocalyptic planet had dominated pop culture since the late 2000s, publishers considered them at the point of […]

Did you know great dreams can inspire amazing action adventure stories?

Friday, May 10th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork “I confess…I’ve had an epic dream and I can’t stop writing about it.”–Dale Spencer My writing started with an unforgettable dream, a rare dream type I’ve experienced once. What is this dream you ask? Well, it goes by many names. You could call it a cosmic dream, epic dream, great dream, […]