Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Next Big YA Book Event

Today I'm thrilled to share a really amazing opportunity for aspiring YA writers: The Next Big YA Book event. The Next Big YA Book event is hosted by Hipso Media (and myself) and gives writers and lovers of all things YA a place to submit their manuscripts for a chance to win a publishing contract as well as a number of other fabulous prizes.

I'm extra excited for this event because not only am I co-hosting, but I'll be designing the cover for the winning book, and I simply can't wait to be a part of bringing the winner's story to life!

Hipso Media ran this event last year as well, so I'm going to let them give you all the details and specifics!


If you have ever hashtagged #amwriting, #MSWL, or #IWantToBePublishedSoBadlyMyEyeballsMightPop, then pay attention.

From September 17th through October 1st, Hipso Media Publishing and Jenny from Supernatural Snark will be hosting the ‘Next Big YA Book Event.’

Why is this good news for #amwriters?

Here’s how the event works. Most publishers work exclusively with agents, which makes it difficult (more like close to impossible) for up-and-coming writers to get their work seen. Well, Hipso Media Publishing will be opening their doors to all YA writers who dream of traditional publication, but can’t seem to catch a break. Writers who have mountainous ideas, along with an actual mountain of rejection letters. Hipso wants to pick one of those writers, and treat them like the literary rock star they are, showering them in every publishing perk someone of their caliber deserves:

  • Publishing contract with a generous royalty program
  • Custom cover from Seedlings Design Studio
  • CBB Book Promotions Blog Tour
  • Exclusive front-page podcast on AuthorsOnTourLive, iReadBooksRadio and iHeartRadio (which gets an average of more than 1 million hits a year)
  • Novel as an eBook on all major retailers – Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, around the world
  • A featured post on Supernatural Snark
  • Awesome book swag, and more…

Once the winning manuscript is picked, Jenny from Supernatural Snark (owner of Seedlings Design Studio) will work with the author to create a custom cover that will be sure to shout, “NEXT BIG YA BOOK”. And then she’ll do a featured post on Supernatural Snark, to make sure the world hears.

No agents, hoops, or hassles. The only criteria are that your YA manuscript be finished, you must believe it’s great, and it must not already be published somewhere else.
Here’s the link to the submissions page and contact info:
Good luck and happy writing!
If you know anyone who loves YA fiction and dreams of becoming a published author, I hope you'll let them know about The Next Big YA Book event!


  1. I bet this would be such a fun event to attend!

  2. What a wonderful opportunity for so many. And someone will be very lucky to have you as the cover designer!! If only I could write. :)

  3. That is so cool! It would be worth trying for this because of the cover. Sweet!

  4. Jenny do you mind if I post the image of this event to your blog on mine? I know quite a few people who might be interested.

  5. This is such an amazing opportunity for aspiring authors, and one they don't get often. Leave it to Jenny to do something amazing and be super modest about it. :)

  6. So awesome. I know you will do a terrific job with the cover. I wish I was an aspiring author, but sadly I'm not.

  7. Wow, this is cool!! What a great opportunity for someone - get your book published AND get an amazing cover by you out of the deal! I'll have to pass this post around.

  8. Ooh, this is such a great opportunity for aspiring authors, Jenny! I, unfortunately, am not one (yet!) but I love the concept of this event. :)

  9. I'm sharing it with one of my friends that is writing!!

  10. I saw this on Books Keep Me Sane and have been pimping it out everywhere because I have serious girl crushes on you and Candace. I think I got you a few entries. :)

  11. Wow. what an amazing opportunity. I wish everyone who submits the best of luck.

  12. That seems so amazing! What an event. Wonderful, Jenny!! But I do prefer sticking to reviewing heh

  13. This is so cool, Jenny! And it sounds right up your alley, too!

  14. When I heard about this I was really excited! And knowing I get to organize a cover reveal for a cover YOU design has me even MORE excited! I can't wait to see who the winner is!