Social Media for YA Writers & Readers: The Numbers

Swag-Dec2013I have one more post to add in this series, and it will be on using Pinterest — but I want to hold it until after the holiday season. So, here’s some information to think about in the meantime (you know, during your cookie baking or gift wrapping or walking off a festive meal).

First, here’s some info from the Pew Research Center as of May 2013: Of all Internet users, 72% use social networking sites; the proportions are larger for those who are younger, so that in the youngest group surveyed, those 18-29 years old, 89% use social networking sites. (That may well be a higher proportion than newspaper readers, yes?)

Next, according to the Huffington Post (June 2013), teens using social networking are “more sympathetic to other people” — consider what than means for teens as potential readers of your books.

Maybe most important of all, this New York Times op-ed piece from Emma Allison, a Canadian teen who blogs about YA fiction, indicates that social networks have opened up YA readers as critics: people whose expectations are strong and often shared.

Finally, here’s a special gift for when you have a few minutes to spend exploring the world of YA mysteries: a YA fiction review site with a LONG selection of YA mysteries … (653 of them). You might want to set a timer before you click that link, so you don’t linger for longer than you mean to do, right?

Wishing you a final week of 2013 that includes good food, good friends, and, if possible, good reading and writing. Catch you in 2014, with Social Media (etc.) — Pinterest!

About bethkanellbooks

My life is always a three-strand braid: love for Vermont, love of reading, and the need to write (and write better and better). Come visit and chat at any of my blogs and posts -- there's a big wonderful world of writing and reading, and we're in it together.
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