Field Trip Friday is a weekly trip around the field of YA with stops at the most helpful, interesting or otherwise entertaining news.
The big news this week?
KT Literary has a post about what the Olympics can teach you about character and story. (See, totally related. NOT just an excuse to post that picture. I swear.)
- Editor Martha Mihalick posted the keys to A Fine Romance
- Agent Jill Corcoran provides the Seven Deadly Sins of Novel Writing
- Author Suzette Saxton continues great posts at Query Tracker-- this week it's How to Plot or Revise Your Novel
- Author Valerie Geary shares seven things she's learned so far-- including the following: "If you can’t write a concise synopsis, your novel’s not ready."
- How Twitter can help authors
- Straightforward how-to marketing tips from Simon and Schuster
- Great query letter advice from author Elana Johnson:
"If you're writing a query, just start with nailing that first sentence and then the last. It should encapsulate the novel, from a starting point to an ending point, with nothing in between."
(Elana also has a great contest running this week-- be sure to check it out!)
- Agent Kathleen Ortiz put up two helpful posts showing why queries and partials make the cut.
- It's almost that time again: Some tax tips for writers
- And if all of this is getting overwhelming, Rachelle Gardner has some pertinent thoughts on patience.
The San Francisco Writers Conference was last weekend and several blogs posted highlights, including Writers Digest and our friend Sarah at Old People Writing For Teens.
- Noa Wheeler at Macmillan explains "Why Kids Books"
- Publishers Weekly took a look at the growing trend of YA dystopian
- Very interesting thoughts from authors Diana Petersfreund and Justine Larbalestier on the standards to which readers, especially women readers, hold female characters.