10 Most Followed YA Authors Instagrams

10 Most Followed YA Authors Instagrams

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There are are innumerable ways to judge an author’s success—the first way tends to be counting book sales. Instagram follows don’t measure the technical quality of writing, rather they measure less tangible, but still extremely important things: connection and community. These ten authors are the most successful (verified) YA authors of Instagram, and they’re successful because of you. Chances are, you’re better off because of them.   1. John Green (2.2 million)   Image Via Bustle.com   Everybody knows John Green, YouTube sensation and author of six bestsellers: Looking for Alaska; An Abundance of Katherines; Paper Towns; Will Grayson, Will Grayson; The …

Jay Asher, James Dashner and the #MeToo Movement in Children’s Publishing

Jay Asher, James Dashner and the #MeToo Movement in Children’s Publishing

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As the #MeToo movement gained momentum, YA author Anne Ursu wondered why the stories of harassment within the publishing industry, about which she had been hearing for years, were not resurfacing. She told Bustle, “one day I realized, ‘Well, I guess it has to be me.’” So she created an anonymous survey in order find out the extent to which sexual harassment has affected those working in the children and YA publishing industry. Soon after, in the comments underneath an article on the extreme prevalence of the problem, names began to be named—big names, such as Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher, and …

‘Maze Runner’ Author James Dashner Switches Gears, Writes True Crime Thriller

‘Maze Runner’ Author James Dashner Switches Gears, Writes True Crime Thriller

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The world of young adult fiction is pretty hot for dystopian storylines right now, and author James Dashner has definitely found a comfortable niche in that world. With shades of The Hunger Games and Divergent, The Maze Runner series features an adolescent cast of boys fighting for survival after the world has been destroyed by solar flares. There’s danger, violence, and just a little cannibalism, but the series is still decidedly geared towards young adults. His other series, The Mortality Doctrine, inspired by Dashner’s favorite movies The Matrix and Inception, is also aimed at teenaged readers.  Kaya Scoldelario and Dylan O’Brien in Maze …