On Being Kind, Being Afraid, and Being a Young Writer

Sarah Hollowell

I’ve been wanting to write something about this whole situation with Andrew Smith and #KeepYAKind. I’ve wanted to say something.

I haven’t in part because so many other brilliant people, who are more experienced in YA, who are smarter, who are braver, have already said so much. I pretty much obsessively followed what Ellen Oh, Kelly Jensen, Justina Ireland, and Tessa Gratton were saying on Twitter. I read the amazing posts by Sarah McCarry and Jenn Northington and I thought: I don’t have anything to add.

I read YA, sure, and I review some books, but irregularly. Iwant to write YA but I don’t have an agent ora book.I’m unestablished. I haven’t even graduated college yet. Whyshould anyone care what I have to say?

I also held back because of fear. Because I amunestablished, because every new connection I make is a treasure and…

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