Kelly Link interviewed at Meeting House: "My editor at Viking, Sharyn November says that the one hard and fast rule for young adult fiction is that the protagonist has to be experiencing something for the first time, that they’re in a liminal or transitional space. The characters may be taking on new responsibilities or making new and interesting mistakes, or they might be caught between two worlds. So there’s a lot of overlap between fantasy and young adult. I once attended an publishers panel where someone asked the editors at the table what you could or couldn’t do in young adult: the editors looked at each other and then one of them said “You can’t be boring. And no bestiality."" Her previous collection, Magic for Beginners, is available for free download for a year. But you have procured Pretty Monsters, right?
It’s Cybil’s time — go nominate something! (I was too busy to participate this year, but I’ll be nominating, and hope to be back at it next year. The Cybils are a thing of beauty, a massive undertaking, achieved with grace and fun.)