Welcome to 2013!
We’ve gotten off to a bit of a soft start, with a great short story by M. Hunt, “In the Shadow of Elizabeth Smart,” and poems by high school senior Brian Will. Oh, and a wonderful blog by Lourdes based on Malcolm Gladwell’s theory about 10,000 hours of practice building expertise. She wants to spend 10,000 with YA. I bet she already has—with awesome results. I wonder—what about you?
And plenty more is to come: Fresh YARN by YARN alums John Cusick and Eric DeLapp, plus and exclusive prequel short by “Orleans” and “Flygirl” author Sherri Smith. Plus and interview with “Illyria” author Elizabeth Hand.
As usual, what we also want to know is: “What’s your YARN?” So don’t forget to put “Submit!” on your list of new year’s resolutions.
And let’s not forget our other HUGE news, which was part of the reason for our quiet start this year—we brought Diana Renn and Kate Burak onto our staff!!! Diana, who will be our new Fiction Editor, is the author of Tokyo Heist and the short story “Crime Scenes,” which YARN published last year. And Kate, who will be the new Poetry Editor, is the author of Edgar-nominated YA debut “Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things.”
We also brought on Renee Combs, Emerson College senior and co-founder of the Boston Teen Author Festival. She’s been helping us out during a period of transitions, and we couldn’t be more grateful for her work. We feel lucky to have snagged such a new, young mover and shaker on the YA scene.
We are very sad to see Colleen Oakley, YARN’s first Poetry Editor, go. Her work at YARN, especially her NPM projects, have been a huge part of YARN’s success.
Oh, and you might have noticed that Lourdes is taking a little sabbatical. So your YARN Facebook will be brought to you by Stephanie McKinley, who also mans our Tumblr, and Twitter will be shared by Jessica Cooper and Renee.
Whew. I think that just about covers it.
So the end of 2012 and the start of 2013 has been a period of big change for YARN. And I haven’t even gotten to the part about YARN incorporating as a nonprofit (I’m signing the papers this week), and beginning it’s new journey as an honest to goodness business. You’ll be hearing lots more about that in the months to come.
On a more personal note, I’ve backburnered my own writing during this time of flux, not to mention getting the copyedits and website done for my book that’s actually coming out in July (!!!)—and that has to stop! It’s making me cranky. So, like all of you whose 2013 might finally be settling down, I want to get back to that novel, pronto.