Field Trip Friday is a weekly trip around the field of YA with stops at the most helpful, interesting or otherwise entertaining news.
This Week In Writing
- Surviving post-critique blues from Kirsten Lesko at Disobedient Writer
- 16 Surprising Truths About Boys and Sex on MSN
- Why Alice Hoffman likes writing for kids
- Ways to soundproof your writing space, and interesting arguments for why you should do it, from BadLanguage.net.
- End your book like a party, from John Rea-Hedrick
- The Intern also has advice for how to end your book.
"So many YA manuscripts start out fun, crazy, and wonderful, then enter this weird spiral where the author doesn't know how to resolve all the zany hi-jinks and starts freaking out..."
- The ever-helpful Nathan Bransford explains the difference between an archetype and a cliche.
- Struggling to name your book? The ever-helpful Rachelle Gardner has a method.
This Week In Getting Published
- "Leap and the net will appear": Advice on bravery from Suzette Saxton at Query Tracker
- Holly Root at Waxman Literary explains what qualifies as a referral in a query.
- "Online Platform Do's and Don'ts" from Kidlit.com
- A big week for friends getting covers: Janice Hardy revealed The Shifter 2: Blue Fire, and in case we haven't spammed you enough with it, our very own Kirsten Hubbard got her beautiful Like Mandarin cover.
This Week In Reading
- Lambda Literary put together an article on what LGBTQ teens want to read.
- Sarah Fisk dares to venture into the restricted section of the library: Young Adult. Turns out teens aren't the only ones whose reading material is censored.
- I believe my exact comment on Twitter was "I want to make out with this post." That's how much I love Maggie Stiefvater's defense of YA.
This Week In Other Stuff
Don't forget the little people-- and if someone who helped you on the road to success happens to be a BIG person? Definitely don't forget them, much less humiliate them. Author Will Leitch shares his cringe worthy story of mistreating mentor Roger Ebert.
I put a call out on Twitter last night for "funny and/or random" things to end this post. Here's what I got:
|Please don't be this guy.|
|Or this one.|
|And DEFINITELY not this one.|