One of the tips often given to newbie writers is to read widely, especially in the genre you want to write. It’s always important to see what’s out there already.
Fortunately, the category in which I primarily write, Young Adult, especially Young Adult Contemporary, is also one I absolutely love to read. When I scan through Twitter I see book bloggers mentioning a site called NetGalley. Though I wouldn’t consider myself a “book blogger” yet – I do have another blog solely dedicated to YA novels BUT it was inactive for years – I checked out NetGalley on Monday to see how to qualify to get my eager hands on ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of books I could review for my revived site (sharemyya.wordpress.com, if you’re interested).
Imagine my total surprise that when registering for NetGalley, THEY HAVE AN EDUCATOR CATEGORY! I’M AN EDUCATOR!!! So excited was I! I signed up and immediately browsed through for titles I might want to read. And I have been SO pleased each day this week to get an email from a publisher granting me access to the books I’d like to read. I have half a dozen books to read now, while I’m waiting for my writing brain to percolate its ideas.
Reading and writing go hand in hand. While it’s absolutely possible to read without being a writer, it’s much more difficult to be a writer without reading.
So go forth and read! My book blog relaunched on February 1 and a new book is reviewed each Friday. Please check it out!