I’ve been planning this fortnight for months now and have two weeks of UKYA filled awesomeness.
The first week (15th-21st) is going to be focused on authors and I have lots of interviews and guest posts scheduled with some of the best UKYA authors out there. I’m so excited to finally be able to share them with you.
The second week (22nd-28th) is filled with amazing blogger stuff and I have bookshelf tours, book showcases and more to show you. I have some absolutely brilliant bloggers guest posting so I can’t wait to show you their posts.
Towards the end of the first week, I will be hosting a UKYA Twitter chat! I’ve never hosted one before but I’ve joined in with a few chats before and they’ve been a lot of fun. I have lots of games planned and lots of other questions, so I’d love to see a lot of you there!
It will be on Friday 19th July at 6:30 PM British Summer Time. For more information, you can tweet me @LucyTheReader.
So, why have I chosen to host this UKYA Fortnight?
Supporting the UKYA community is very important to me. Many of our British authors are overshadowed by foreign authors, mainly those from the US. This doesn’t mean that those books are any better than UK fiction and so I think UKYA should get its own fair share in the market.
I don’t post a lot about UKYA books here on the blog because the majority of the books that I read are US YA. Of the 92 books I’ve read so far this year at the time of writing this post, only 33 of these books have been UKYA; only one third. That is a dramatic improvement from last year when I probably didn’t read over 15 UKYA books. I’d like to start improving this and I’d like to start getting more people reading UKYA because it does get pushed out quite a lot.
I’ll be posting a lot about how you can support the UKYA community next week, so keep an eye out for all of the posts.