Writing gurus tell you that to be a writer, you must read. A lot.
Okay, I read a ton. I read every night, think about reading all the time, can’t wait to talk about books. I savor the words and repeat beautiful phrases out loud and mentally edit other people’s books way too much.
But, here’s the thing…
Apparently you’re supposed to read a lot in your genre. And not just read about how to write them.
Technically, I knew that.
But as I look back on my list of books I read in 2011, only about 10% were Young Adult. That’s not enough! How can I try to publish a YA book if I haven’t read that many of them? What if I’m way off on the kinds of YA that are out there?
So I already made a good start. I’m listening to a Sarah Dessen audiobook, and checked out three YA books from the library.
So if I read a little over 100 books altogether in 2011, how’s this for a goal?
I, Lisa Rosenman, will read 50 or more Young Adult books this year. And you can hold me accountable for that.