This Week In Writing
- #1 complaint of writers? No time. Check out "Struggling with Time-Debt" for tips on how to manage yours.
- Scientific look at lying and body language at Novel Journey.
- Author Sarah Enni gives a glimpse of her "process journals," and author Christa Allen describes her own journaling process.
- Author Myra McEntire discusses workshopping and crit groups with authors Holly Black, Casandra Clare, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff and Maggie Stiefvater.
- Author Janice Hardy on how to add tension to a scene
- Author Maggie Stiefvater isn't scared to suck at 100 decibels. Are you?
- Writing can be a hobby. Agent Rachelle Gardner says writing to be published is a lifestyle, and author Natalie Whipple has a brutally honest post about writing after the honeymoon is over.
- Kristin Lesko has "ten" steps to improving your first draft.
- Stuck? Check out these sites:
Ten Ways to Become Inspired at Exile Lifestyle
57 Questions to Spark Your Creativity at A Beautiful Ripple Effect
This Week In Reading
- Chasing Ray has a look at the various roller derby books that have come out lately. (A friend of mine played for the Gotham Girls team in NYC-- she was "Margaret Thrasher: The Prime Minister of Your Demise." That right there is the definition of awesome.)
- Scholastic wants to know: Who would you cast in the Hunger Games movie? And speaking of HG, author Suzanne Collins makes TIME's "100 Most Influential People" list!
- According to the HuffPo this week, publishing is alienating male readers and the "cult of niceness" in YA book blogging "is at its heart a pernicious kind of misogyny." Can't win for losin', apparently, but librarian Liz B. takes issue with the latter and agent Jennifer Laughran addresses the former.
- What's missing in YA lit? Blogger Steph Su has the answer.
- Interesting collection of unknown children's books written by "adult" authors (via @pambachorz)
- Agent Sarah LaPolla is mixing it up on her blog, and this quote cracked me up-- go help her out!
"We all know about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Jane Slayre, but, to me, those are more Puff Daddy-style remixes, using samples of the real work with the heavy beats of vampires and zombies thrown in the mix. I'm talking about a full, Glee-style mash-up."
This Week In Getting Published
- Agent Jill Corcoran presents a "Dissection of Rejection."
- To post work online, or not post work online, that is the question.
- The line between personal and private-- your career and social networking, by agent Jessica Faust at BookEnds.
- For the mathematically-minded (aka NOT me): Agent Kathleen Ortiz breaks down her query stats.
- Ten things authors should not do to promote their books from Dana Kaye (via @elizabethscraig, who tweets a steady stream of great publishing info)
- Author Cory Jackson spotlights YARN: Young Adult Review Network
- Very literally "in getting published," a cool graphic explanation of how books are printed, via agent Michael Bourret.
This Week In Contests
- Claire Dawn is having a KitKat contest.
- Win a 30 page crit from agent Taylor Martindale at the GotYA.
- I'm giving away something handmade at my blog.
101 Bad Romance covers-- which just goes to show that execution > concept.