Sunday, May 18, 2008

About Guys Lit Wire

Guys Lit Wire was created after a broad discussion among YA bloggers within the lit blogosphere about the lack of books for teenage boys. There seems to be a perception that boys don't read as much as girls, especially teenage boys. As the YA Columnist for Bookslut it has been especially clear to me that whether or not boys want to read more, finding books for boys is not so easy. There are so many more books targeted toward female readers than male that it is really quite amazing - and also very disturbing.

So we decided to do something about it.

Guys Lit Wire exists solely to bring literary news and reviews to the attention of teenage boys and the people who care about them. We are more than happy to welcome female readers - but our main goal is to bring the attention of good books to guys who might have missed them. The titles will be new or old and on every subject imaginable. We guarantee new posts every Monday through Friday and have a list of twenty-three individual scheduled contributors plus several additional occasional posters all of whom have different literary likes and dislikes. We hope to provide something for everyone and will strive to accomplish that goal.

For publishers, or writers who wish to contact us concerning books, please click here for our review policy and review request form. For any other questions, email us at guyslitwire (at) gmail (dot) com. Many of our contributors have individual web sites of their own and if you would like to contact one of them specifically concerning a book or post, please check the Contributor's Page for more information.

If using the general email contact, please be sure to note in your subject line if it is a "MEDIA INQUIRY", "TECHNICAL PROBLEM" or "GENERAL COMMENT" so we can be sure it is directed to the right person as quickly as possible.


Doret said...

I am very exicted about this blog. I'll tell some of my customers about it. I don't care what people say. Guys read, they just don't want to be caught browsing around girl books

Colleen said...

Thanks Doret - and we hope you enjoy all the posts this week!

Terri Windling said...

This is a great site and a great mission. Good luck from all of us at the Endicott Studio!!!

-- Terri Windling

Rowdy Roddy Piper said...

Hey Guys,

We're frome the SMS Guysread Club and we just found your blog today. We do mainly the same things. Write about Guy books. I think it would be neat to get in touch and talk via e-mail. Maybe visit us at I know we'll be checking out your blog very frequently.

Koko B Ware
(Not my real name, come check out our blog to find out more)

Teen Troves said...

Awesome blog! We've added you to our blogroll!


Charlie Kondek said...

Great blog, guys! Very similar in mission to one of mine. Glad to see it, great contributions. I wrote about it here:

Anonymous said...

I just added you to my blog roll. I've been doing brief reviews of YA lit with the intention of helping parents/teachers find good YA lit that fits their needs.

Colleen said...

Thanks Sara - we'll check out your blog!

Anonymous said...

The Blog Carnival has been published today- Here's a link

Next month's is about Printz Winners.

Kimberly Bower (gladeslibrarian) said...

Wow! Great blog. I work with (and have) teens so I'm aware of the need to focus on finding great reads for boys and young men. They can be quite picky! =)

I just read and reviewed an upcoming book with urban teen boys as protagonists. I highly recommend it. Well, I posted my review on my blog if you'd like to read it.

Secret Saturdays by Torrey Maldonado

Thanks for creating your blog.

gladeslibrarian at gmail dot com

James V said...

Found you through Google-- keep up the great work!

Matt Janacone said...

I did not know that there were more books written for girls than boys. I must admit, though, I am a male authors who enjoys writing female protagonists, but nonetheless, I have written what you might call a romance novel for boys.

Nice blog idea. My I recommend the mystery novelist Carl Hiaasen? He writes alot of great mystery novels geared toward middle-grade readers who are boys.