Also: Aw, isn't that nice. A NYT ethicist has decided it's okay to download books without paying! Agent Nathan Bransford begs to differ, and Chris Meadows at TeleRead has an interesting take.
(Full disclosure: My fellow YAHers bring me the e-book links. Thank you ladies!)
This Week In Writing
- Author Sarah Enni has a fun writing exercise: "Good Gossip"
- Author Anne Riley uses the metaphor of "grasshoppers in your hair" for the process of beta reading.
- Pros and Cons of Character Sheets by author Natalie Whipple
- A group of writers got together to discuss the subject of strong female characters. A few of my favorite quotes from this fab series are below, but be sure to follow the links and check out all five!
"Falling in love doesn’t mean losing yourself and that is where we separate the strong from the weak." - Jennifer Walkup
"...having an acid tongue is not a substitute for strength. Sometimes it’s just spitefulness." - Tracey Martin
- And along those lines, Maggie Stiefvater has a wonderful post about teenage relationships that work. (Confession: I've recently become something of a Maggie fangirl.)
"If teens get nothing else from SHIVER, I hope they get this: that if you are open to love and are willing to settle for nothing less than someone who is completely into you and just you, who respects you for who you are, who is happy with your boundaries and interested in keeping you happy, you will find it. I want every teen who reads SHIVER to settle for nothing less than a relationship with that kind of equality and respect. Because you'll get what you demand, and if you go into it knowing that sort of love is possible -- well, you're a heckuva lot more likely to get it. It kills me when I meet teen girls who are dating some jerk who is less than respectful of them or who is making them do things they aren't ready for or who is disinterested or condescending. Real love lets you be the person you're meant to be. It makes you a bigger person, not less of one."
- Blogger Lenore discusses faux pas in book blogging etiquette
- Publishers Weekly discusses Fat Vampires, Sexy Werewolves and the Future of Teen Reading, and they're discussing angel trends at The Guardian, ironically enough.
- A blogger discusses the 4 classic mistakes she made in her first year-- while still reaching almost 1000 followers.
- Agent Chris Richman on patience and a real publishing time line
- Jane Friedman at There Are No Rules compiled a list of the most helpful writing advice her readers could find.
- Going crazy before or during querying? Check out these other ways to advance your career in the meantime, from the lovely Suzette Saxton at QueryTracker.
- Remember how people are always saying, "Be careful what you say on the internet, even when you think you're safe"? Yeah. Agent Kathleen Ortiz busted us in the AW forums, and she wrote a blog post about it!
- The "not so bad, not so great" agent, by Casey McCormick
- Author Penny C Sansevieri discusses snotty authors. The short version: Don't be one.
Our girl Amanda celebrated a birthday this week!
Our teen contributor, Emilia Plater, is pretty much the most adorable thing ever. Here's her fantastic wrap up to agent Colleen Lindsay's "No Whining Week":