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- The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced. Check it out for books to add to your "to read" list.
- Just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Whitewashing the Magic Under Glass cover. Chasing Ray has a good play by play of how things went down; people all over weighed in, including Editorial Anonymous, The Guardian, our friend Choco and, oh yeah, the author herself. Score one for the internet: Bloomsbury has halted sales until a new cover can be designed.
- Intern C. A. Marshall helps with that tricky issue of getting voice in your query
- Rachelle Gardner gives tips on email etiquette
- Behler Blog highlights the difference between voice and story-driven queries
- Janet Reid lays it out for you in an easy to read chart: What You Need Before You Query
- The YA Rebels, including our very own Kody Keplinger, are vlogging this week about their own paths to agentdom. (Agentness? Agentopia?)
- And if you are feeling the itch to query too soon, Vee has the answer. (I might need to bathe in it.)
- Author and Editorial Assistant Alexandra Bracken gives one perspective on trends in YA.
- Author Nova Ren Suma gives some persuasive reasons for why she writes YA.
- Author John H. Ritter breaks writing down into Ps and Qs in a helpful article that brings story telling and writing ability together.
- Editorial Anonymous explains when and how to use second person POV.
- BookEnds, LLC answers the common question: Can I use song lyrics in my book?
- Author Kristin Miller lays out her revision process after getting notes back from her agent.
- Our girl Emilia suggests you make it work. Keep it classy.
- Author Alexander Chee wrote this amazing, beautiful ... list? I don't know what to call it. 100 Things About a Novel, Part 1 (via @molly_oneill). My favorite is number eleven:
"Writing a novel is sometimes like going to a party and hearing someone call your name outside the window and when you get there, a dragon floats in the night wind, grinning. How did you know my name, you ask it. But you already know it’s yours."
Congratulations to Cory Jackson, whose first line won the most votes in last Friday's contest! Her entry was #14, from her WIP Interior of a Heart:
"Fourteen, mouth girded in a dental chastity belt, a black nest of hair even a rat wouldn’t sleep in, and gawky as hell – that’s how I looked the first time Carey Breen kissed me."
Second place was Abby Annis, with a line from Embrol:
"Three seconds--that's how long it took for my life to end."
Third place was a tie:
Camp Life by Katherine Elliott Scott:
"I had two goals that summer: to get the lead in the camp play and to get to third base."Untitled by Rachel Bateman:
"In Mama's house, there were only two rules: go to college and don't get pregnant."
As promised, we also have a prize for a random commenter/Tweeter/Blogger. The winner is...
Congrats to Cory and Alicia! Email us at yahighway at gmail dot com to claim your prizes, and thanks to everyone for playing and spreading the word!