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Kristin Cashore on Self-Editing

YA novelist Kristin Cashore earned a Morris Award nomination 2008 debut, Graceling. The prequel Fire followed in 2009, and Penguin Books for Young Readers recently released a Graceling companion novel, Bitterblue.

During our interview, Cashore (pictured, via) talked about self-editing and her future projects. Highlights follow below…

Q: What do you think is the best way to self-edit?
A: Well, the most important thing you need is distance. You need to be able to come back to what you’ve written as a reader, and judge as a reader what’s working and what isn’t. Of course you’ll miss things — that’s why later on, you’ll need to start showing your drafts to other readers. But in the beginning, one of the most important things is to put the manuscript aside for a little while, so that you can come back to it fresh, as an (extremely critical!) reader.

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Kristin Cashore to Publish New ‘Graceling’ Companion Novel

Children’s author Kristin Cashore will publish Bitterblue, a new novel set in the universe of her debut YA novel, Graceling.

The new book stars Queen Bitterblue, a character who first appeared as a supporting character in Cashore’s fantasy novel about teenagers with remarkable abilities. Dial Books for Young Readers will release the title on May 1, 2012. Bitterblue is the second companion book to Graceling. Cashore also published the companion book, Fire, in 2009.

Editorial director Kathy Dawson had this statement: “It felt like a long waiting period but Bitterblue was worth every single minute. With every book she writes, Kristin becomes a more accomplished writer, and for this one, she learned all about codes and ciphers. She even hired a linguist to create an entire language! Bitterblue is a fascinating character because while she has no powers, as queen she has the ultimate power.”

Best YA Books for Adults

flashlightworthy.pngEver since Harry Potter, adults have been dipping into the YA bookshelf.

Counting on our readers’ collective knowledge of books, GalleyCat Reviews regularly features curated book lists from Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations. The site includes the crossover list, 7 Beach Reads You Can Grab Off Your T(w)een’s Bookshelf.

Over the last year, Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations has created more than 385 lists–giving reading advice on everything from book club books to beach reads. Working with this carefully curated publication, we will share our favorite lists with GalleyCat readers.

Check out the complete list below, and add your favorite YA books for adults in the comments section.

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