Alright, so yeah. I know it's Tuesday and everyone else will be blogging their lovely teasers, but not me today!
YA is thriving right now. I think everyone pretty much knows that, but in case you need proof, there's the fact that Harper Teen was willing to give a seven figure advance to a debut YA trilogy. Things like this should be an awesome thing, for those of us who love reading--and writing--YA.
But sometimes, I think we forget that because someone else got something--be it an agent, a book deal, or even a crazy scary huge advance--it doesn't mean we won't get it too. You can't waste all your time seething at others for being successful. It doesn't benefit you. That hate doesn't make your book better (in fact, it's quite possible it makes it worse...) Does it really make you feel better to make snarky comments about what a book you haven't read will 'probably' be like, based solely on your opinion that all popular books suck? It shouldn't. Because they don't.
If you feel you deserve it as much--or more--than whoever has it, then prove it. Work hard. Write an amazing book. Won't successes of your own feel better than moaning about the successes of others?
This blog post is probably crossing into a territory where it sounds like a rant, but it's not, actually. More like tough love.
Be excited, because each success only helps YA thrive more. And isn't that really in all of our best interests?