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Field Trip Friday: Out With the Aughts, In With the Teens!

Field Trip Friday is a weekly round up of random helpful, interesting, funny or otherwise entertaining news from our field.
YA Highway hereby declares this the decade of the teens-- as in Young Adult!

How is 2010 treating you so far? Last week we linked to our resolutions, and this week Rachelle Gardner reminded us that it's just a list unless your resolutions include joy.

Speaking of joy, Betsy Lerner asks an interesting question: Who's your creative soul mate?

Is one of your resolutions to finally get your book published? Start with the basics:

  • Write the query: The Rejectionist puts out some Guidelines for 2010, which include the following salient points:
"Certainly you may buck the conventions of the query letter if your work is too amazing/revolutionary/brilliant to be summarized. Why don't you also try applying for jobs without a résumé, using only your psychic powers. Let us know how that works out for you."
    "Don't write your query letter from the point of view of your main character. Just don't. It never works. Especially if your main character is a SERIAL KILLER CONFIDENTIAL TO THAT DUDE IF YOU EVER EMAIL US AGAIN WE ARE SENDING YOUR HOME ADDRESS TO THE POLICE."

      News from here and there:
      All year we heard "zomg publishing is dying the sky is falling we...." wait. Numbers for 2009-- not that bad, akshuly.

      Colleen Mondor at Chasing Ray posted a really interesting article about diversity in publishing.

      Our friend Jamie is officially agented AND a finalist in Nathan Bransford's Teen Diary Contest!

      You can also head over to Kirsten's blog and give her suggestions for blog posts, drop by Kristin's for some tasty Millionaire Bars, and check out Michelle's hilarious follow up to this week's Road Trip Wednesday topic. You've also got one more day to vote in Kate's first line contest, and visit Leila's blog for some beautiful pictures of New Zealand.

      Finally, please remember: Everything you do on the internet can and probably will affect your future career. It might be in a great way-- maybe Molly O'Neill will find your talent on Etsy. You can use real participation in your blog, now and in the future, to bolster your book sales. But Elana Johnson reminds us: no one wants to read your blog if it's only about how awesome you are, and Agent Jennifer Laughran says it is "just good karma" to be nice-- and don't query her if you're a whiner.

      In the spirit of good internet karma, leave us links to your favorite author, writing, publishing, agent or otherwise awesome blogs in the comments!
      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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      1. This is the Young Adult Decade, eh? I like the sound of that!

        And great links! You've given me lots of interesting things to help procrastinate -- er, read -- this morning. :P

      2. A fantabulous round-up of linkage, dear Kate. :)

      3. Great links!

        It's definitely a YA world...someone commented on Nathan Bransford's blog yesterday: "So if we don't write YA, should we just give up now?"

        Ha. But no. Adult books rule - I'm reading an excellent one at the moment. But the YA market, hell - the children's market in general - doesn't seem to be suffering nearly as bad as the others, does it?

      4. Thanks Heather and Kristin, and thanks for visiting, Betsy!

        Michelle, it's definitely a force right now.

      5. love love love these posts, and the title is EPIC. Go teens!
        (...and twenty-somethings!)
        (just realized my age will never match the decade)


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