September 4, 2012

Introducing the YA Misfits!


...aka, a welcome, a roll call, and a giveaway!

Once upon a time, a misfit group of YA writers met upon ye ol' Twitter--a Tomboy, a Bible Thumper, a Rocker, a Science Geek, a Catholic School Defect, a Hippie Chick, an Art Nerd, a Comic Book Nerd, an Overachiever, a Prep, a Foreign Exchange Student, and a Cheerleader. We read for each other, cheered each other on, and laughed at our constant hilarity.

Naturally, we decided it was time to start a blog.

We've been working around the clock for the last two months to make YA Misfits an interesting, fun place for you to read about our different experiences with the writing process, querying, publishing, as well as whatever random bits of awesomeness we decide to throw in. And now you're HERE! We are SO EXCITED!

What's that? What kind of posts can you look forward to? WE ARE SO HAPPY YOU ASKED.

Monday: Pep Rally Mondays. We'll ask a question, you answer on your blog and link up with us!
Tuesday: Term Paper Tuesdays. Misfit Leigh Ann Kopans' popular twitter chat, Young Adult Writers Ask A Teen (#YAWritersAAT), happens every Sunday night at 9:00 pm EST. We'll post a summary of the chat's findings as well as a transcript of the previous Sunday's chat every Tuesday!
Wednesday: Writing Club Wednesdays. One of the Misfits will post about reading, writing, publishing, etc.
Thursday: Band Geek Thursdays. The Misfits are big fans of creating music playlists to get us in the mood to write. Every Thursday, you'll find a new playlist to correspond with what we're writing or reading!
Friday: Casual Fridays. One of the Misfits gets to write about ANYTHING she wants!

Now that we are LIVE, we'd love to celebrate by hosting a little (and by "little" we mean "AMAZING") giveaway.

And WHAT are we giving away, Lovelies?

*drumroll*




A KINDLE. So you can read ALL THE THINGS.

Follow our blog and leave a comment on this post to enter.
Entries will close at 11:59 pm EST, Monday, September 10, 2012.





And the AWESOMETASTICNESS DOES NOT STOP HERE. Each of the Misfits below has a giveaway on her own personal blog - so keep reading to find out who we are, what we do, and what else we're giving away!


Cait "The Tomboy" Peterson writes fantasy and contemporary YA and grittily beautiful words of all kinds, especially kissing and fighting. The two aren't always mutually exclusive. She is currently seeking representation. Enter her giveaway here.

Dahlia "The Bible Thumper" Adler writes contemporary YA with lots of kissing and confrontation. She is repped by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, Inc. Enter her giveaway here.

Erica "The Rocker" Chapman writes sci-fi and contemporary YA as well as some of the world's most fabulous similes. She is repped by Judith Engracia at Liza Dawson Associates. Enter her giveaway here.

Francesca "The Science Geek" Zappia writes sci-fi and contemporary YA that should only be read when you are prepared to have your mind, heart, or both totally twisted. She is repped by Louise Fury at L. Perkins Literary Agency. Enter her giveaway here.

Gina "The Catholic School Defect" Ciocca writes contemporary YA romance both sweet and mind-bendy. She is repped by John M. Cusick at Scott Treimel New York. Enter her giveaway here.

Jamie "The Hippie Chick" Grey writes sci-fi and fantasy YA and basically invented the time dragon. She is currently seeking representation. Enter her giveaway here.

Jenny "The Art Nerd" Kaczorowski writes fantasy of various sorts, with a tendency toward the literary, and contemporary YA. She is currently seeking representation. Enter her giveaway here.

Leigh Ann "The Comic Book Nerd" Kopans, Queen of the Redux, writes YA sci-fi and contemporary romance. The secret to achieving Caffeine Nirvana is her holy grail. The colored streaks in her hair are indicative of either her secret superhero persona or inner teen; possibly, both.  Enter her giveaway here.

Lyla "The Overachiever" Lee writes YA sci-fi and urban fantasy. Both a night owl and a morning person, she doesn't need much sleep but needs lots of good stories. She is currently seeking representation. Enter her giveaway here.

Maggie "The Prep" Hall writes contemporary YA thrillers you'll put down only to pack and follow her characters around the world. She is repped by Claudia Ballard at William Morris Endeavor. Enter her giveaway here.

Marieke "The Foreign Exchange Student" Nijkamp writes fantasy and contemporary YA, speaks 400 languages, and is the only person on Earth who enjoys the query process. She is currently seeking representation. Enter her giveaway here.

Megan "The Cheerleader" Whitmer writes fantasy and contemporary YA and is the undisputed mistress of the near-miss kiss. She is currently seeking representation. Enter her giveaway here.

93 comments:

Juliana Haygert said...

Yay! Congrats! The blog looks awesome and I love the bios!! <3

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

Great looking site - look forward to seeing your blog posts in the future. Good luck with the venture.

callmebecks said...

Congrats on the blog launch, ladies! Looking forward to following along!

Laura Hughes, MittensMorgul said...

Yay! The site looks great!

A. K. Fotinos-Hoyer said...

The post schedule sounds great - looking forward to lots of great posts :D

Aimee L. Salter said...

This is such a great idea! I can't wait to see what you ladies come up with.

Eliza Tilton said...

Blog looks fab.

SM Johnston said...

Congrats. Best crest ever. Wish you great success with the blog.

Andrew said...

Such an awesome group of authors. :D I'm following a good chunk of you guys and I can honestly say that you are all awesome.

Glad to see you guys grouping up. Maybe you all can do a collaborative project together like the Merry Sisters of Fate's Curiosities. That would be uber cool. :D

Good luck with the website.

Amanda Olivieri said...

This site is absolutely GORGEOUS. So excited it's finally launched! Love all of your intros and can't wait for all the fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

Meredith said...

Yea! So excited for your new site!! I have enjoyed following some of you and reading your great work. I can't wait to see what the YAMisfits have in store for us!! BTW-LOVE the nicknames LOL!

msmithbooks.com said...

The site looks fantastic, you guys! So excited!

Steph Sessa said...

I'm so excited! This all looks incredible!

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Wow, so exciting - what a great blog! And an awesome kindle giveaway (I only have the reader on my Macbook - sad face)

Rebekah Crane said...

Wait... I know you ladies! This is so exciting! Congratulations!

Becky Wallace said...

So much fun!! Can't wait to see all your misfitty posts.

Jamie Krakover said...

yay it's live! I'm looking forward to reading posts and hanging out with other YA misfits!

Jessa Russo (Stadtler) said...

I LOVE IT! And all of you!!!

kiperoo said...

Yippee! What a what to launch this blog!

lissajean said...

Sounds fun.

Marnee Bailey said...

Great looking blog, girls! I "know" a few of you but I'm looking forward to hanging with the rest!

Feaky Snucker said...

ERMAHGERD! I've never had a kindle! *covets* I want it, and am excited to see so many awesome people in one place!!!

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Great to meet you all and thanks for the incentive. ^_^ Eager to learn about your writing journeys and to eat your books.

Amanda said...
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Amanda said...

This looks great! Can't wait for all the fun.

Samantha said...

Congratulations to you all! I've been in such suspense the whole long Labor Day weekend waiting to see what awesomeness you ladies had in store! As I said on Megan's blog, I'm sure this is going to be the hottest new YA blog around :-)
Can't wait for all the weekday goodness!

Melanie Stanford said...

Love your daily post schedule, especially Thursday!!! Can't wait to visit here ALL the time!

Caitlin R. O'Connell said...

Happy blog launch day, Misfits!!! You guys are all SO AWESOME. *gives celebratory tea*

Suzi said...

What a great group of ladies. Good luck with the blog. I look forward to seeing what you guys do.

tamw said...

Just found your blog. Looks like a lot of fun!! :)

Stacey Trombley said...

Hi! can't wait to see what you guys got!

Stephanie said...

This site looks so dang awesome!! :)

noellehenry said...

YAY!!!! So excited for this site. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us. :)

Darci Cole said...

woohoo! i love ALL you misfits! can't wait to see the awesome that this site brings forth!

Jodie Andrefski said...

I love your site! It makes me wish I could be a misfit too! =)

andimjulie said...

Yayayayay! Site looks great!

poppywritesabook said...

Great website! Can't wait for the fun to kick in!

AngiNicole said...

Love it! This is great. I'm so happy to finally see it after hearing so much about it!

Carrie-Anne said...

Looks like a fun site! Do I count as a YA misfit for writing in a currently less-than-hot genre?

Xan said...

Cool website. Great giveaway! :)

LauraT said...

Nice giveaway.. I am also loving the DVD giveaway on Leigh Ann's Blog :). Nice choice of shows haha.

Akoss said...

Congratulations! :)
Looking forward to lots of fun.

David Kopans said...

Now, in just one bio page, I can see all of the people who are responsible for encouraging my wife's reclusive writing habits in that upstairs office (to which entrance has become verboten to the rest of us)... Good luck with the website!

Elizabeth Briggs said...

I love you all on Twitter...now I get to stalk you in a group blog too? NICE. ;)

Tonya Kuper said...

Awesome launch, guys!! This blog is gonna rock! : )

Gina said...

I am so excited for you guys! You have NO. IDEA.

Sarah Wedgbrow said...

46 comments already! Congrats! Looking forward to checking in from time to time. Sarah xx

Brenda Drake said...

Congratulations Misfits! I'm so proud to call you guys my friends, and some my CPs. You all are aMAZing!! <3333

Bess Weatherby said...

So excited to see y'all have such a successful launch! Congrats :)

Robert Kristoffersen said...

It's finally here! And It looks incredibly awesome! Congratulations all!

keithisaworkinprogress said...

Wow. Nice job Misfits. I've said it once on twitter, but it bears repeating: love the yearbook page.

AG said...

You guys are all so rad, I can't handle myself. You make me want to give up writing adult and write YA.

lunaslittlelibrary said...

Congrats! This is so awesome, will be following closely. :)

Lisa B. said...

Congrats on the new blog, ladies! Can't wait to see what everyone has to say.

Jeanmarie Anaya said...

Wow! The blog looks so shiny and puuurdy! Congratulations to all of you! Looking forward to reading your posts.

CB Soulsby said...

This new blog is very exciting. Kinda wishing I could be a misfit too... ;)

Ru said...

Happy first day!

Megan said...

Cool blog! Congrats, and I can't wait to read more. :)

Sarah Nicolas said...

Congrats ladies! Some of my favorite tweeters here :-D

LoriMarie LaSpada said...

Congrats. The site looks amazing.

CinderScoria said...

I am late. :P Long story short, had the flu, was stuck in bed, had to steal Mom's iPad once I was coherent enough to sneak around the house without her noticing (I almost passed out, too, so you should be proud of me). BUT here I am!

I am ALL SORTS OF EXCITED FOR THIS. Just so you know. Your layout looks AMAZING! I approve! So yeah, I shall stalk this site and spread the news to my other writer buddies. *GIANT THUMBS UP* Congrats on the launch! May I say that it looks VERY successful!

volatilesublime said...

It looks like your launch party is going well, which makes me happy. You're all so awesome. <3

dawnall said...

This looks like too much fun to miss out on. Count me in.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Exciting new blog! Love the theme :D

Nicole Zoltack said...

The site looks awesome!

Melanie Conklin said...

Adorable blog. I'm sure you guys will crank out all kinds of good stuff. I'm less interested in the giveaways, but eager to read what you write.

Stacey Hays said...

I've totally got this in the bag.

C.L. Broggin said...

I really like your blog design. I look forward to getting to know all of you better. I followed all of your twitter accounts, and I followed this blog using my twitter (@chauntikawrites).

Nathan and Aimee said...

I am looking forward to reading here! I think this blog appeals even to those of us who aren't writers. And a kindle would be sweet! Aimee

alicia marie said...

Congrats! Love the site and can't wait to see what's to come : )

heatherriffle said...

Congratulations! This is all-around great! I will definitely be sticking around to see what you guys have to say! Thanks!

hagergirl said...

Congrats on the blog launch!

email: hagergirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Emily Mead said...

I can't wait to get into this!

anothernovelread said...

Aww this blog is awesome! So glad I found it. :)

Hwa Sun Kang said...

I followed! I'm looking forward to the blog posts :)

Jillian Schmidt said...

Yay! I'm excited to read posts from some bloggers I already love and from new people too.

Jessi (Geo) said...

Welcome to the blogosphere!! Your blog is fabulous :)
Great to meet all of you, looking forward to your posts!

Blair B. Burke said...

A great way to kick things off!

Lynn K. said...

Looking forward to more awesome posts! :)

Tristina said...

YAY! Some of the most amazing people I know in one place! So awesome, guys. I'm so excited about this.

thehopefulheroine said...

I so excited about this blog! Awesome venture ladies!

Sophie said...

Looking forward to reading more of this blog :)

Suzanne Furness said...

What a great idea, I'm sure it's gonna be loads of fun! Good luck with it and thanks for the giveaways.

Veronica Bartles said...

How fun! I think I'm already following most of you. I'll have to check out the others too :)

Daisy Richeson said...

Congratulations on the new site! It is awesome!

fuzzymango said...

Okay, I don't know HOW I managed to not visit this blog until now, but it is GREAT and you all are AMAZING and I'm just grinning to myself for no particular reason other than the general awesomeness contained herein. :D *clicks "Subscribe" button on Google Reader*

SA Larsenッ said...

Just hopped over from Gina's blog!! Love more YA authors getting together to celebrate such an amazing time in life.

Diana Gallagher said...

Excited for the upcoming posts! :)

javalotta said...

Congratulations ladies! Your blog looks great! YA is my favorite genre so I am now following and looking forward to your posts! Thanks for having this giveaway.:)

Sophia Wang said...

Nice giveaway and Congrats on starting a blog! May the Blogger-sphere be ever in your favor. I'm re-reading Hunger Games again....

Kristen Jett said...

Ah! I'd wondered what the YAMisfits were. Great explanation! :)

Adrianne Russell said...

Congrats! If you're ever looking for a Drama Nerd, hit me up. :)

Rachael Harrie said...

Haha, a little late to the party, but SO excited about the launch!!! Wonderful to see you all together on the blog - I can't wait to follow along with all your misfit adventures :)

Hugs to all,

Rach

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