Monday, August 19, starting at noon, I will an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. I’ll hang out for most of the day on the site, answering anything you ask. My AMA will be in conjunction with YAWriters subreddit, which will be hosting a weekly discussion the subject of “Genre in YA.”
I write in multiple YA genres and have a background in the scholarly study and teaching of YA, so feel free to hit me with those topics especially, even though as a former teacher, I am wired to answer any question about anything.
I’ve had several people ask me what Reddit and AMAs are, so here’s my (much abbreviated) explanation of the community:
If you’ve never heard of Reddit before, you should definitely consider joining the community! Reddit is called the “front page of the Internet” for a reason–everything is there. Basically, Reddit gathers together “subreddits,” which are focused places for people to discuss things they like. For example, there are subreddits for fandoms like Doctor Who and Firefly; there are ones that are instructional and informational, like Writing and Travel; and there are ones where you can ask questions, such as AskHistorians and IAMA.
IAMA is short for the phrase “I am a…” and AMA is short for “ask me anything.” So people who have a unique experience or interesting job or what-have-you, will go to the IAMA subreddit and offer for people to “ask me anything.” This is what I’m doing today with Julie Cross–it’s essentially a forum for people to ask us anything.
If you’re still on the fence about joining Reddit, I also want to point out two very awesome subreddits. YALit is a place where people go to discuss YA books and literature, and YAWriters is a place specifically for those who want to write YA, or are interested in YA publication. I’m actually one of the mods of YAWriters. We recently did query critiques for all the members, and we have a full schedule of events, including future AMAs with authors, agents, and more; pitch and sample critiques, scheduled discussions, etc. So if you’re interested in writing for a YA audience, consider joining us!
So I’ll ‘see’ you Monday August 19 starting at noon EST when you can Ask Me Anything. Here’s the link to the AMA.