Call for LGBTQIA YA Reviewers!

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is Looking For LGBTQIA YA or New Adult Reviewers!

Are you of YA or New Adult age?  Do you love to read books and write?  Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words would love to have you come write for us as a reviewer.  We get offered more books than we have reviewers to read them, and that’s especially true in the YA and New Adult category.  Aurora our YA Reviewer, as you all may be aware,  is writing books of her own as well as reading and reviewing for us.  Plus there’s that little thing called life and school work to think of.  So Aurora’s plenty busy these days.  And we would like to be able to expand our YA Saturdays.

Why have a YA or New Adult age reviewer?  Because that’s the age group these  books are written for.  Certainly, many of us “older folk” appreciate and love YA and New Adult stories but we are reading them from an entirely different perspective, one less fresh and more experienced.   When I read a review that says that a YA book reads too young, I want to hit my head on the  desk.  Oh the irony.

I want a reviewer who will say “yes, this reads like my age group”, or  “yes, our conversations sound like that”.  Or the opposite.  Whatever is true.

What happens if you want to review for us?  Well, first of all you need a parent or guardian’s consent (under the age of 18).  If that goes through, then we talk format (so easy, you can look at one of Aurora’s reviews), and then I will send you a list of YA or New Adult books to choose from.  And we will take it from there.

I’m not expecting pages but a few paragraphs.  Nor do I expect you to turn them out every week,   We can agree on how many a month (even 1) according to your schedule at home and school.  I want this to be a fun experience, a way to share stories or  books you love and why you love them.

Sound like something you would like to do? Know someone who might? Contact me at Melaniem54@msn.com and let’s talk!  You can  find out more about us at the home page reviewer section.

Happy Reading!

~  Melanie

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Want To Make A Difference? Donate a YA LGBT Book Today!

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The Prince William County PFLAG (VA) youth group is seeking contributions of either young adult (YA) paperbacks or cash donations to purchase books for the PFLAG youth library. If you have any questions or wish to donate, please contact Lynn Schmitz, PFLAG facilitator, at lschmitz1@comcast.net.

Not familiar with PFLAG? PFLAG is Parents, Families,Friends, and Allies united with LGBTQIA people to move equality forward. Their National PFLAG website can be found here. Its also the place to locate your local chapters. More and more of our publishers are turning toward the YA and New Adult market. This includes many publishers you are familiar with such as Dreamspinner Press, with its Harmony Ink YA Press, Interlude Press with its new YA imprint, Duet Books, Torquere Books with its Prizm Press: Young Adult Novels LGBT Characters, JMS Books with Queerteen Press,  Bold Strokes Books (YA division) among the ones that come immediately to mind.

Think about the books you read as a preteen or teenager. Did the great ones, the memorable ones seem to speak to you? Involve characters that you could identity with? I bet some of you are smiling now just remembering those stories that made your day, helped you through a crisis, or just let you know you weren’t alone in your thoughts and problems. These can be tough years and books that take you away or make things that are scary at that age less fearsome are important.

Now image you are a young LGBTQIA child, preteen, teenager, whatever the age. I don’t imagine the local or school libraries have many books that have characters that you can identity with.

Where do you turn for stories where you can see yourself in the characters or situations? That’s where this PFLAG youth library comes in. There are some terrific YA LGBTQIA stories out there. You need look no further than our own Aurora’s YA reviews to see that. That includes today’s 5 Star Review by Aurora of Casey Lawrence’s Out of Order. Lynn Schmitz and her fellow PFLAG associates are trying to put together such a library. And they need our help.

Write Lynn, see what books she has already been given, what books the library is looking for and how you can help this project grow! Is there a need for such a library in your county or city? Check it all out and see how we can help our LGBTQIA youth find the joys we discovered in books when we were their age.

Again Lynn Schmitz email address is lschmitz1@comcast.net

Let’s make a difference…one book at a time!

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