YA Revolution

This page is the official YA Revolution Headquarters!

(Please read the rules carefully before joining. Ready to join and post your book(s)? Scroll down to the bottom for additional instructions)

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The E-publishing revolution has just started, and already digital shelves are full of senseless imitations rehashed over and over again. Some books are just openly negative, violent or meaningless. All you need is an e-reader and a simple click of a button in order to purchase an ebook. No one can possibly police what our teens and young adults are reading. Meanwhile, their minds are still delicate and developing, and perhaps they haven’t yet learned to discern what is good and what is harmful. Much of what our teens may be downloading on their e-readers may not be what they should be reading in order to develop into good human beings and responsible citizens of our planet!

Typically, author organizations and promotional sites do not distinguish books for integrity, quality of message and positive energy. It is up to us, readers, writers, bloggers and reviewers to convey this information to each other. YA Revolution aims to unite all those who are tired of same old, same old and who want to read new, original, inspiring books with message and heart. It’s also for those who want the same for their kids. We intend to give voice and help promote authors who deserve to be heard, whether they write YA or adult literature. The more good books are promoted by us all, the easier both teens and adults will be able to chose the right books to read!

Whether you are a young adult or simply young at heart,

join the YA REVOLUTION!

We are for literature with message and meaning!

What’s in the name: Why YA Revolution? Putting on my trendcaster hat… ahem… 😉 This decade will continue seeing unprecedented interest in YA literature. The 20 year period from 2004 till 2024 is called “Period 8, or the period of young man” in the Flying Star System of Feng Shui. Everything that is associated with young people, including the rise of the military, rebellion, education, YA literature, and yes, revolution, is being emphasized. We live at a time when adults gladly read YA and teens read adult literature. This is why our YA Revolution is all-encompassing!

What is YA Revolution? Our objective is to give better visibility and voice to well-written, original books raising important issues and containing a meaningful message and/or positive attitude. This applies to both fiction and non-fiction. While these books deserve to be heard, they may be drowning in a sea of rehashed and meaningless stuff. The idea is to create a directory of GOOD new books to read for adults and teens alike. 

Why will the YA Revolution benefit authors and readers of all ages alike? Very simple: Indie authors sometimes get a reputation for being less than original; the opinion oftentimes is that the quality of indie literature is subpar. This is because some of the indie books give everyone else a bad name. I met many indie authors who write great books, but they are overshadowed by those who yell the loudest or who have the flashiest covers (or perhaps by those who have deeper pockets, or those who perform various magic tricks). I am offering the recipe for solving all these problems! If we all pull together our resources, our influence, and our enthusiasm, we’ll be able to give bigger voice to authors of good books, and provide better choices for readers! A win-win!

Consider this page, which you can find on top navigation bar of the Lada Ray Blog,  the “YA Revolution Headquarters.” This page’s reply section will become the depository for books with message and meaning recommended by readers, reviewers and authors. I will also post a badge on my side bar so more people could find it.

As we grow, we plan to organize giveaways, contests and other YA Revolution events.

I had smashing fun designing the YA Revolution badges! I think it’s good to have them for every taste and genre, so more people feel they belong with our revolution.

Choose one or more themes that work for you and post them on your blog/site!

Theme FUNKY

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Theme BOOKISH

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Theme EARTH SHIFTER

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Theme STARSEED

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Theme CREATION

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Theme COOL

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And if you are feeling especially rebellious… Theme REBEL

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Rules for joining the YA Revolution:

1. Pick the badge that appeals to you and post it on your blog or site (sidebar, a dedicated page or awards page), linking back to this post.

2. Tell as many people as you can so others could also join!

3. What to do for readers/reviewers: 1) post YA Revolution badge in every post showcasing (interview, book review, spotlight) any author/book that you feel deserves to be awarded this badge! 2) Mention YA Revolution page in your post and link up to it.

WordPress bloggers, your link will become an automatic pingback (or you can chose to leave a comment with link).

All other blogs and sites, after posting the badge and mentioning YA Revolution page with a link, make sure you visit this page and leave a comment below with the link to your respective post, so readers can find you. Scroll down to the bottom for additional instructions!

4. Authors are welcome and self-promotion is encouraged! Author, if you feel that you deserve this badge based on our criteria, you can do the same. Follow above instructions for WordPress and non-wordpress blogs.

5. YA Revolution badge has dual purpose; it works both as a movement banner, and as an award. My future Author Features will include the YA REVOLUTION badge. Consider it my stamp of approval! (Read my post about the new Author Feature.) When someone else awards you this badge, proudly post it on your awards page – you’ve earned it! Remember to link to this post and mention my name!

For good examples of how to do a post about your book and how to post/link the badge, see my posts:

Author Feature 1: Gyaros – more examples to follow!

Note: All links/pingbacks will appear in the reply section, so that any reader could browse and choose better reads for themselves and their children. The idea is to create a directory of GOOD new books to read for adults and teens alike. However, we cannot police every link and pingback. It is up to the poster and readers to determine whether a specific recommendation will benefit our readers. Please be responsible while posting! Important: one link per book per poster, please! Duplicates will be considered spamming and will result in link removal. Do not link directly to retailers such as Amazon. Blog and website links only!

Important! It is understood that we grow through adversity, and that inner and outer conflict and struggle is part of any good literature. However, it is how we respond to adversity, and how we rise above it that makes all the difference in the world. YA Revolution is not meant to restrict or discriminate by genre. However, YA Revolution is NOT for books that promote or glorify violence of any sort, negative or senseless attitudes and actions, and characters/entities that have no redeeming value. While sexy romantic element as part of plot and character development is fine as long as our above criteria are met, no hard-core erotica allowed. It is advisable to specify what ages your book is appropriate for.

I also want to mention a couple of people who inspired the YA Revolution: 1. Author M.C. O’Neill, who said that my fantasy/thriller THE EARTH SHIFTER gave “a new definition to YA literature.” 2. Reviewer Michala at BiteMyBook.com, who said in her Amazon review of The Earth Shifter: “In a current age where every story is about wolves and vampires or witches or whatnot, it is nice to read a tale that engages the reader deeply.” For over a year, I had a persistent feeling that I wasn’t quite reaching my reader. Having read the above two reviews, the light went on and I came up with the YA Revolution concept.

About my work: I am the author of several visionary fantasy/adventure books and mystery/thrillers – YA and adult. Soon, I will start a non-fiction series, long in the planning. In addition to highly engaging plots and memorable characters, all my books carry strong and important messages. Incidentally, I am launching THE EARTH SHIFTERStepford USA and GOLD TRAIN (2nd edition) paperbacks, and from April 10 to May 5, I’ll be doing virtual book tour. If you are interested in showcasing (and/or reviewing) any of my books, please let me know! You can find all my books here. Or visit my official author site at LadaRay.com.

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THE EARTH SHIFTER Virtual Book Tour begins on 4/10! Stay tuned!

YA Revolution is Trademark and © of author Lada Ray and of Ray House publishing. All rights reserved.

TO ADD YOUR BOOK or TO RECOMMEND A BOOK, LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW WITH A LINK TO YOUR POST ABOUT THIS BOOK. Note: Your blog/website post must carry YA revolution badge and provide a link to this page. Do not add direct links to Amazon and other retailers – only blog and website links!

WORDPRESS BLOGS ONLY: SIMPLY ADD YA REVOLUTION BADGE & MENTION THIS PAGE IN YOUR POST ABOUT THE BOOK YOU ARE RECOMMENDING WITH A LINK BACK & IT WILL BECOME A PINGBACK.

THANK YOU!

Additional explanation on how to post YOUR BOOK! I’ve already explained that above twice, but as I see that some are still struggling, here it is:

You can recommend YOUR book, or ANY OTHER book you feel belongs here.

Just create A POST with details about your book on your BLOG or SITE (synopsis, cover, buy links, etc.), post the badge, and link your post to this page. Then COMMENT HERE and LINK your comment back to your post.

Most people have posts about their books already – just add the badge and link! If you’re showcasing another author on our blog, you can do the same for them.

NO DIRECT AMAZON, OR OTHER RETAILER LINKS ALLOWED ON THIS PAGE!

Here is a great example: author Darlene Foster has just interviewed me, and she included the badge in the interview, linking it back. She has also posted YAR badge on her blog’s sidebar. Check it out: http://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/lada-ray-author-and-more/

The YA Revolution is designed to promote ALL GOOD BOOKS out there. Networking and mutual support of AUTHORS and READERS are huge parts of the movement. TWEET, FB, G+ and FEATURE each other & YA REVOLUTION on your blogs/sites! And remember to include YAR BADGE + LINK to this page!

Hope this helps.

Lada

63 thoughts on “YA Revolution”

  1. What a brilliant idea, it’s about time young adults have a reliable source to direct them to great contemporary literature and grow their consciousness & intellect while concurrently being better citizens of the planet. Wow, where do I sign up?! ♥

    • Hi, Maddy! By visiting this page and leaving a comment consider yourself signed up! 🙂

      Welcome!

      Just post the badge on your blog and tell your friends! This is where they will be able to pick better reads for themselves and their kids! If showcasing any author who writes books with message and meaning (and I know, you only read such books :)), post our badge and link to this page, so it would become a pingback!

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  3. What a Wonderful Idea!!!
    May I recommend: Fortune’s Foal, the inspirational true story of a city girl and a little horse who made history together (and united a dysfunctional neighborhood.) Subplot also shows how and why this teenager bought and paid off her first property before age 18, using low casual wages.

    I’ve already shared via facebook and twitter! Hugs.

    Thank you for posting your book! Please post links to a blog post about your book per our instructions above. No direct links to Amazon or other retailers please.
    Thank you.
    YAR Admin

    • Hello, AA Bell! Thank you for stopping by and leaving your links! Please read the rules above carefully! We cannot post DIRECT BUY LINKS to Amazon and other retailers! Only BLOG AND AUTHOR WEBSITE post links are allowed here!

      Please replace retailer links with a link to BLOG POST about your book, where you can include buy links.

      While your book sounds like the type of book that belongs with YAR, we are creating a community of bloggers and authors to support each other and to promote the YA Revolution to others. Direct buy links do not contribute and are considered advertising.

      Thank you,

      Lada Ray

  4. This is such a great idea! So I have first to read your book and then post on my blog about it and only THEN I can link? Sorry, confused… O__O

    • Hi Ksenia, thank you for stopping by. You can recommend YOUR book, or ANY OTHER book you feel belongs here.

      Just create A POST with details about your book on your BLOG or SITE (synopsis, cover, buy links, etc.), post the badge, and link your post to this page. Then COMMENT HERE and LINK your comment back to your post.

      Most people have posts about their books already – just add the badge and link! If you’re showcasing another author on our blog, you can do the same for them.

      You certainly don’t have to read my books, unless you want to. It’s for ALL GOOD BOOKS out there.

      Here is a great example: Darlene Foster has just interviewed me, and she included the badge in the interview, linking it back. She has also posted YAR badge on her blog’s sidebar. Check it out: http://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/lada-ray-author-and-more/

      Hope this helps.

      Lada

  5. THE COAL ELF, by Maria DeVivo (YA Dark Fantasy)

    http://mariadevivo.com/The_Coal_Elf.html

    • Looks great, Maria! 🙂

      Welcome to YAR! Eventually, I hope we can do a real directory and various interesting events! Make sure you tweet and FB periodically.

      Thanks so much!

      Lada

  6. This is an amazing idea! I love it, and think it’s so needed because as you said, the advent of ebooks has seen an explosion in the amount of literature being pumped out there but it’s so rare for anything truly inspirational, thought provoking or consciousness-raising to slip through the net. I believe in a sense our minds are like computers, what we input determines the output. So projects like this are really necessary and helpful I think.

    My own novel is being published next month, I would like to include it – it has strong YA elements, as the protagonist is a 17 year old girl, and a lot of it is about her journey to discover the immense power that lies within her. It’s aimed at a general readership as well, so it’s not an exclusively YA book, I don’t know if that’s OK?

    I have been meaning to read The Earth Shifter for weeks now since reading Rohan’s review! It’s next up on my reading list when I finish Rohan’s book. I’d love to do an interview on my blog if you would be willing, I’m looking to expand and meet new authors and share creative insights. Let me know if you’d like to 🙂

  7. Hello, Rory. With introduction like this, you are more than welcome to join #YARevolution! 🙂 I completely agree with your assessment, btw!

    If your book is YA crossover, meaning it’s aimed at both YA and adult readership, you absolutely belong with YA Revolution. My book, The Earth Shifter is also YA crossover, suitable for a very wide audience, early teen through adult. This is the point of our revolution: we don’t want to limit ourselves to a specific genre or age group. We want it to be all-inclusive and all-encompassing. Besides, in our day and age, adults love to read YA and teens love to read adult literature.

    The point of #YARevolution is to give to ALL READERS, teens AND adults, an opportunity to find and enjoy books with meaning and message; such books after reading which they could live with better awareness, knowledge and inspiration, something that will make them think, question, or just open their hearts and minds.

    Please feel free to list your book on this page when it comes out and best of luck with the release! Please let me know how it goes!

    On another note, I’d love to be interviewed by you! What date do you have in mind?

    Also, I’d love for you to read The Earth Shifter! I think you’ll really like it. If you’d like to review it, please also enter the Read & Review Giveaway – there are several very nice prizes offered. Link: https://ladaray.wordpress.com/giveaways/

    Thank you, and welcome to YA Revolution!

    Lada

    P.S. Nice blog – followed ya! 🙂

    • Hey Lada, thanks so much. I’d be honoured to be part of the YA revolution — or any revolution hehe. Slight revolutionary streak! 😉 It’s something I feel quite passionate about, the possibility of fiction as a means of elevating mood, understanding and consciousness. That’s certainly why I write 🙂 Sounds like our books are aimed at similar readerships, so I’m glad it will fit in.

      I’d be happy to interview you any time that is good for you! I’ll maybe get started to the book first so I can know what I’m talking about when I’m writing about it 😉 What I love discussing is the nature of creativity and why we writers write, etc. It’ll be fun. Will check out that link, thanks for passing it on! Will be in touch soon 🙂

      Rory

    • Book is bought, can’t wait to read 🙂

  8. Rohan 7 Things said:

    Fantastic Lada! I love everything about this! My non fictions are very much targeted at teens and adults alike with very strong positive, life affirming messages. Gyaros however is aimed at a slightly older market due to the themes and content. Even so it is a story about a man who must keep his humanity intact amid horrible circumstances, and not resort to indecency. It’s inspired by “Man’s Search For Meaning”. I too hate anything that indulges in senseless violence and cruelty for the sake of it!

    I will definitely incorporate the movement and the badges into my work and the work of others who I will review and spotlight. I can think of a couple of authors already who would very much fit the theme! I just saw Rory’s comment, he was one of them I was thinking about hehe 🙂

    So tell me what you think, can I use the badge for my non fiction works? Or is it YA fiction only? And secondly, although the Gyaros books don’t contain any erotica, and the violence has context (and is quite over the top/comic book style violence) I’m not sure if it would qualify.

    I know for a fact that 14 and 15 year old are reading it though lol, so I dunno. And Alex who co-wrote it with me is still only 17 so I guess it could fit into YA. It’s borderline.

    Let me know what you think, but yes, love the movement and the banners! Give me some time and I’ll have one on my page and on everything I do from now on that is appropriate for it 🙂

    All the best Lada, keep well!

    Rohan.

    • Hi Rohan. I would love to see your non-fiction books here! I think this is what our teens should reading about: philosophy, personal and spiritual growth. Feel free to post the badge, add links and introduction to your books here, in the comment section.

      #YARevolution is for BOTH FICTION & NON-FICTION! So, welcome!

      Your fiction: As your brother was 17 when he co-wrote it, I would say, it’s appropriate for older YA audience. YA goes beyond just a narrow age range. I did include Gyaros already by pingbacking your author feature. You’ll see the pingback above. Check it out in the post: https://ladaray.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/author-feature-1-gyaros-by-rohan-and-alex-healy/

      Back to your fiction: it’s up to you to include it or not, but based on what I know, it should be suitable for 17+ audience. Lessons the protagonist learns along the way may be invaluable. I would include it, but clearly indicate age appropriatness and adult themes disclaimer.

      Example: check my book page for how I did it. https://ladaray.wordpress.com/lada-ray-books/
      Notice that Gold Train carries a 17+ disclaimer. It incorporates seductive (but tasteful) romance and a couple of adult moments, but it’s a very valuable book for teens in terms of information about Russia, history, and what impact human madness has upon our world, along with lessons the protagonist has to learn.

      I’ll do a separate post explaining more about the YA phenomenon, age thing, etc., at some point (too swamped now), but in short:

      YA literature is a broad phenomenon, applicable to readers from early teens (12-13) to adult. Case in point, the wide appeal of Harry Potter. This is the kind of broad audience I feel a lot of #YAR books should appeal to. I’ll touch more on why #YA lit has such broad appeal in the future post.

      While YA is super-popular with both teens and adults, the meaning gets lost somewhere in the frenzy of this popularity. We, at #YARevolution want to concentrate on those books/authors that HAVEN’T SOLD OUT IN EXCHANGE FOR EASY EBOOK PROFIT, but managed to preserve integrity and meaningfulness. Literature has always served to educate and assist in personal growth, but in our age of profit at any cost, this valuable function, especially in literature for teens – our future – got lost.

      Cheers,

      Lada

      • Rohan 7 Things said:

        Thanks for the detailed reply and all the info! That is perfect for Gyaros! I’ll be referring to it as YA 17+ from now on. I’ve placed the image on my front page and linked it back to you, all I’ll be sure to use the images and the tag #YARevolution wherever appropriate with my books 🙂

        Also I think I’ll do a post on the #YARevolution myself soon, help spread the message and get more people on board if I can 🙂

        This is a great story too, I’m sure you could write a good press release on the #YARevolution and try and get it out to as many publications as possible. There are loads of free articles on how to write a great press release online and how to get them out there. As well as a very worthy cause I think you have a great angle here too for bringing more publicity to indie and self published YA in particular, but also established writers as well!

        I look forward to seeing how things progress and am happy to help out however I can 🙂 I will even update my ebooks with the logos at some stage. Like “This book is part of #YARevolution” and then the picture.

        Anyway, you keep well Lada, keep powering head! Hugs from Dublin, talk soon 🙂

        Rohan.

    • Hi Rohan, any additional publicity you can help us with is great! Thank you. Yes, by all means, do a post about #YAR and I’ll re-blog and promote it!

      It’s a GR8 idea about press release!!! I’d love to do it, but, alas, I’m currently drowning in my million and one projects.

      ***If anyone wants to help me out with press releases – write and post them in as many places as possible – I’d be very grateful! I’ll create a press release page, give credit to those who’ve done them and in the future, there will be additional benefits for the volunteers as well.

      ****Also, I’m thinking about organizing a Goodreads #YARevolution group. This would be very valuable in helping us promote our books. Does anyone want to help me create and manage it?

      Please let me know if anyone’s interested!

      Cheers 🙂

      • Rohan 7 Things said:

        I’m looking into press releases myself at the moment so I’ll see what I can learn and do a press release for YARevolution! I’m sure I can write a pretty good one, then it’s just a matter of getting it out through the channels. I know some press release wire services are free, others cost. I’ll keep in touch and let you know how I get on 😉

        A goodreads group is a good idea, I’m not very confident with goodreads at the moment though, I probably wouldn’t have the time to manage that right now.

        All the best Lada, talk soon!

        Rohan.

    • Oh, yes, please let me know about press releases! Whatever you can find out – it’s all great and I’ll be very grateful. Goodreads group is presently on hold, until someone volunteers to manage it that is. 🙂

      Cheers.

  9. Rohan 7 Things said:

    Here are my current #YARevolution books:

    The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversilbly Happy: And How They Can Do The Same For You (self help, personal development): http://rohan7things.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/the-7-things-e-book-out-now/

    Gyaros Book One: The Mice Eat Iron (Sci-Fi YA 17+): http://rohan7things.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/gyaros-the-mice-eat-iron-launch-post/

    More to come!

    All the best.

    Rohan.

  10. Rohan… love the press release. Just reposted on my FB page!

  11. Lada… what about a shelfari book shelf to organize all the YAR titles?

    • This is a wonderful idea, Maria! If you could help me with this, that would be sooooo great!

      I will soon have a proper directory for all of our books. I’m mulling over starting a website or a separate blog for that. I also intend to contact some indie organizations to post with them after we have core membership/team of #YAR contributors in place.

      Any new ideas are welcome. Love the Shelfari idea!!!!!

      Go team #YAR!

  12. Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Cheers

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  14. Hi, all. I’ve posted on my Goodreads blog about your project: http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/4105987-ya-revolution

    I wish you all the best with it!

  15. Here’s a Goodreads group to discuss YA Revolution: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/102760-ya-revolution

    Stop by and join, and then start adding books you think will be a good fit for the theme of the group. Tell all your Goodreads friends about it!

    Barb

  16. Hi Lada — What a great organization and service you are providing for young readers and indie publishers serving that market. I just sent this link to Michael Fedison who has a great book “The Eye-Dancers”, currently available on Amazon but not getting anywhere near the visibility he and the book deserve.
    http://eyedancers.wordpress.com/
    I encouraged him to join YA Revolution. Thank you so much for your contributions, Alia

    • Thank you for stopping by, Alia, and thank you for the comment. 🙂

      Please feel free to pass on the link to anyone who may benefit from joining us and encourage them to keep in touch. We’ll be doing more things soon to spread the awareness about great books needing more exposure.

  17. Gosh, world is small!
    I just invented a bicycle – moved by the same desire to give the YA an alternative to violent and senseless e-pulp, I wrote a book Life in the Fifth Dimension – my envision of what new agers call the Fifth Dimension reality. I just liked to demonstrate that the world of love, joy, compassion, gratitude, and harmony with Mother-Earth may be as adventures as the world of fear, competition, and endless war between Good and Evil. I’d been writing since November 20, 2011 – worked full-time as computer programmer to pay my bills until January this year, but had finished and published it. Found you guys when looking for the network to market my book.
    I also found Lana, my class mate in 2006 Drunvalo retreat in Arizona, a beautiful inside and outside Russian girl – I would not give her more than 25 and was surprise that the numbers are a little greater… But the numbers don’t matter – my numbers now are eight times eight and I started a new and existing life writing books.
    Love you guys

    • Hello, Parus! So wonderful to hear from you! Your book sounds very intriguing and it’s definitely a YA Revolution material. I know what you mean about starting a new life writing books. 🙂

      Please feel free to list a link to your website/blog post about your book! Please check out instructions and examples in the comments above on how to do it. We will eventually do more collective promoting for our books, after we get more people participating, and when I have a bit more time.

      I’m very happy to connect with another fellow spiritual writer, as well as a fellow Russian. The Drunvalo retreat in Arizona sounds interesting. You should tell me more!
      If you like, please contact me directly: http://www.ladaray.com/contact.html. I’d love to get in touch with you!

      Love,
      Lada

  18. I joined the revolution *and a stellar idea it is too!*
    http://www.kimsmithauthor.com

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