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Field Trip Friday: February 19

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?

The Olympics!

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.)

This Week In Writing:

This Week In Getting Published:
  • 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.  

  • 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.

This Week In Reading:

  • Publishers Weekly took a look at the growing trend of YA dystopian 

    And finally...

    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. As usual, great post.

      Thanks for including us :)

    2. Kate, as always you are a Roundup Rockstar! (And bonus points for the half naked guy too!)

    3. Wow, great links!

      'Cause I love your blog, I've given you the Sunshine Award. Just visit my blog for more info.

      Have a great weekend!

    4. Great post. Gotta love that pic of Apolo though!! I'd find a reason to use it too. ;)

    5. Wow, I am so stealing some of these links for my newsletter. Heck, I'll probably just link to this post -- this is awesomesauce!!

      And dude,that pic of Apollo? *swoon*

    6. Thanks everyone, glad you liked it-- and thanks Elana! That would be great! :)

    7. Great links. I'm off to read about patience right now ;)

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    9. Ooo!! Thanks for including me today! :) Better check out some of these other ones!


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