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Field Trip Friday: Jan 22

Field Trip Friday is a weekly trip around the field of YA with stops at the most helpful, funny, interesting or otherwise entertaining news.

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The big news in YA this week:






    This is how thinking about querying makes me feel.
    On the querying front:
    • 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.)




     

    On the genre front:
    • Author and Editorial Assistant Alexandra Bracken gives one perspective on trends in YA.














      On the technique front:


      On the "links I just loved" front:
        • 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."

        On the CONTEST WINNERS!!! front:

        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...


        Alicia Gregoire!


        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!
        Kate Hart

        Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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        6 comments:

        1. Congrats winners! I loved reading everyone's first lines :)

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        2. Congrats, Cory! Loved your first line. A little jealous of its awesomeness, actually. ;) Well deserved!

          Thanks for the opportunity to get some unbiased responses to my current first line. Maybe this is the one that will finally stick. :)

          Great links! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

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        3. "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."

          ^ Um, I'm kind of in love with this.

          Also, congrats to the winners!!!

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        4. Awesome info today and congrats to all the contest winners! I totaly forgot to enter, not that it would have mattered with those awesome first lines to compete against!

          Are you having another contest soon? Maybe last lines? :D

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        5. Congrats to the winners, and thanks for all the links.

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        6. Congrats, winners! Whooo! And thanks for the linky, Kate, haha.

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