The Big News This Week?
Bologna Book Fair. In the words of author Melissa Marr, "It's the biggie for international sales in 'kidlit.'" Follow the #bbf10 hashtag to see what's hot. According to agent Ginger Clark, the big things this year appear to be dystopias and angels.
This Week In Writing
- Author Vee Roth has an interesting look at the use of flashbacks in your story.
- Editorial Anonymous on the importance of hook: "Let Them Eat Cake"
- Think you're no good? That might indicate you're awesome, according to Nathan Bransford.
- Lots of talk about profanity in YA this week-- maybe everyone's reading the same %&^# book? Natalie Whipple has "Constant Cussing," Kirsten White is not a fan of the F-bomb, and Gayle Forman asks, "What the $%*?"
- Our girl Kristin Jr. reminds us that a kiss is not just a kiss.
- Janice Hardy has a series of world-building how-to posts with help for real and fantasy worlds.
- The Gatekeeper suggests you eat your words, kind of literally: "Count how many "she/he"s and protagonist names there are in your first page," then eat a mini-cupcake for each one and see how you feel about it.
- What you meant really doesn't matter. Intentions and interpretations, from S. Jae-Jones.
- Author Rachelle Alpine reminds us how books can be a lifeline to confused kids.
Delicious cake pictures courtesy of the multi-talented Kristin D. Miller
This Week In Reading
Download Melissa Marr's exclusive e-book original sequel to INK EXCHANGE and
the book that started the series, WICKED LOVELY.
This Week In Getting Published
- OPWFT has a hilarious series of "query blunders" with real life examples from agents Suzie Townsend, Kathleen Ortiz, Laura Bradford, Jennifer Laughran and Lauren MacLeod.
- Author and intern Weronika Janczuk has a dummy-proof post on how to format an e-query and pages.
- How long is this whole "getting published" thing going to take? Agent Rachelle Gardner says, "It depends."
- Author Lisa Desrochers explains foreign rights.
- Author Doyce Testerman, husband of agent Kate Testerman, crunches the numbers on how much reading an agent does. The short answer:
"Now we’re up to 1200 pages of reading. That’s the full Lord of the Rings trilogy, including the introductions from every published edition since 1954, the Prologue, “a note on Shire reckoning”, Appendices A, B, C, D, and E, the Quenya alphabet and pronunciation guide, and the Index. Every week."
This Week In Contests
In case you haven't noticed, we kind of adore agents Kathleen Ortiz and Suzie Townsend around here. Run over and enter their current contest, and win an 8 minute Skype chat with them!
This Week In Other Stuff
- Great article at The Globe and Mail: "Quit It With the Teen Trashing." (via author Courtney Summers)
Because my job around here is to bring the random:
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