A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.
A week ago, Lucy Powrie, who you might know from her review blog Queen of Contemporary, launched a brand spanking new blog about UK YA authors and books, Project UKYA. We’re really excited to welcome her to Author Allsorts today to talk about Project UKYA and why she set it up. Take it away, Lucy!
My name is Lucy Powrie and I am not an author. So what am I doing here today on the Author Allsorts blog? I am here to talk about an exciting new website that I have launched called Project UKYA and it does have something to do with writing.
Project UKYA has been online for a week now and already I am amazed by the reception we’ve received from people. It’s a site dedicated to spreading the word about UK YA and if you don’t know what I mean by UKYA it’s any book written by an author that currently resides in, or was born in, the UK. The definition can get a bit blurry but that’s the basic meaning. We’re going to be posting reviews, features, vlogs, competitions and events and all relating to UKYA.
So why did I set Project UKYA up? I’ve been trying to give UKYA as much of my time as possible lately. In July I hosted a fortnight of UKYA themed posts on my main blog, Queen of Contemporary, and I’ve been hosting monthly UKYA Twitter chats (#ukyachat). Both have trended now which is very surreal. I never thought I’d get so much support throughout doing this, especially as with so many bloggers out there it can be hard to get your blog heard. UKYA can often be overshadowed by foreign authors and books-particularly US YA- and so it’s important that we do something to get our books known. There’s something about reading a book that has been crafted by someone who knows the culture and little details that make us British. My idea was that if we could muster up the same patriotic enthusiasm as we did in 2012 for the London Olympics, UKYA would really get out there and people would find it more fun to read it.
So what can you expect from Project UKYA in the future? I’m currently putting together a team of guest reviewers for the blog and am looking to start up a YouTube channel with British vloggers. I have stuff planned every month up until March 2014 and the October project will be starting up very soon. As well as this, there will still be monthly #ukyachats and the next will be on Saturday 19th October, time to be confirmed. November is home to a UKYA blog tour. We have over thirty authors signed up to visit a blog each day and there are lots of fab interviews, guest posts and giveaways planned. The schedule will be going up soon so keep an eye out on that!
In the mean time you can keep up to date with us by following the blog (either via email, Bloglovin’ or Google Friend Connect), liking our Facebook page or following us on Twitter. There are exciting things ahead for UKYA authors and readers!
Thank you for having me here today, everyone! If you’d like to get involved with Project UKYA, keep an eye out because we’ll need you very soon!