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Field Trip Friday: June 18

Field Trip Friday
Our weekly trip around the field of YA with stops at the most helpful, interesting or otherwise entertaining news.

The Big News This Week
1000 followers. ONE THOUSAND. We are so honored and flabbergasted, we're not sure what to say except for

This Week In Writing

- Author K. Marie Criddle shows the Pros and Cons of an MFA-- with unicorns! (via Kiersten White)

- Author Cynthia Jaynes Omololu shows you how to write a book. (Doesn't get much more straightforward than that!)

- Author Maggie Stiefvater spent the week describing her revision process.

- 13 Writing Tips from author Chuck Palahniuk (via @hannahmosk)

- How long should your manuscript be? Long enough to touch the ground. Wait, that's a man's legs according to Abe Lincoln. QueryTracker has the real answer.

This Week In Reading

- Twitter exploded this week with the trending topic #booksthatchangedmyworld. Check it out to find book recommendations from readers, writers and publishing pros.

- Publishers Weekly says "P is for Paranormal-- Still." (Kaitlin, Lee and I say "woot!")

- YA is awesome but MG rocks too. Check out this great new blog for MG readers and writers.

- Agent Jim McCarthy at Dystel and Goderich discusses the big box effect on book buzz.

This Week In Getting Published

- Wondering if you should trunk your current novel? Agent Mandy Hubbard has the answer.

- 5 Lies Unpublished Authors Tell Themselves at Guide to Literary Agents

- Agent Rachelle Gardner did a week-long series on the sometimes contradictory advice writers hear from agents.

- Agent Kate Testerman live-blogged her slush.

- Meredith Barnes, assistant to agent Janet Reid, guest posts on agent Suzie Townsend's blog about the "YA" query-- not to be confused with a real YA query.

- Agent Jennifer Laughran: "There's always a market for awesome."

- The best and worst times to query and send your MS, from The Gatekeeper.

This Week In Other Stuff

- The Oatmeal has your guide to irony.

- Want to attend a writing conference but can't afford it? Check out writeoncon, a free online conference put together by six fab writers and featuring almost all our favorite agents!

- Love YA Highway? Our girl Emilia created a blog badge you can steal. Check out our sidebar!

- Adventures in Children's Publishing has an exhaustive roundup of industry-related posts.

This Week In Contests

- Cool book trailer contest at Quiddity International Literary Journal

- Emilia has a Punk Summer Giveaway going on her blog!

This Week In The Random

via Becca Rogers-- thanks Bex!

Vampire or Hipster? You decide.

I feel like these slow motion videos have some help to offer writers struggling with imagery. (Thanks Amanda!)

and because this is the YA Highway, after all: Dubious Achievements in Travel. (Thanks Michelle!)

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. Augh, the travel video! So freaky. And cool.

    That badge is awesome! Emilia rocks. Nothing new there.

    I love that new MG blog - so cool, and lots of contests already.

    Thanks for the linkage, Kate!

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  3. Congrats on reaching 1000 followers! Time for some celebration *throws confetti*

    You guys rock :)

  4. Okay, Maggie's post on revisions was epic. It ratcheted my fangirlism up a hundred notches! LOL

    Great job Kate!

  5. Okay, that Literary Agent Cat made me laugh out loud! :)

  6. AMAZING as is your usual style, my dear.

  7. Woo hoo on the 1000 followers!!!!

    Thanks for the great links. I loved The Gatekeeper's. Oops! I was planning to start querying in August, right after the LA SCBWI conference. I'm going on vacation to a place where the only internet access is at the library. Which is open 3 days a week. In the late afternoon and evening. Then I wouldn't be able to obsessively check my inbox every 30 seconds. Guess I won't do that now. :)

  8. I love spending my Friday mornings reading this links. Wonderful!

  9. I love your roundups! I'm a new follower and glad to be part of the 1000+ who think you rock!

  10. LOL @ literary agent cat. He's such a cutie :D

    Thanks for the contest linkage! And another amazing amazing FTF. :))

  11. Having been to India, climbed Mt. Fuji and been in rush hour trains in Tokyo, that vid really resonates.

    Thanks for the links. Useful as always.

  12. This is one of the reasons why I love Friday so much :D Thanks and congrats on 1000!!

    Definitely adding the blog badge to my blog!

  13. Wow, we must be on the same Adam Rex wavelength today. I came home this afternoon and thought, "Hmm, Fat Vampire is coming out soon, I wonder if there's a book trailer on YouTube." I posted the other Vampire Hunter's video on my blog.

    And that travel video is fun to watch from the safety of my home. That scene in the pool has to be from a world record attempt or something, that's too insane.

  14. Love these posts...the links are so helpful and awesome! Thanks for rocking, YA Highway! (:

  15. Brilliant as always! Thank you so much! :)

  16. And congrats on the Followers milestone!

  17. Congrats on hitting 1k followers! Oh, and Literary Agent Cat= WIN :)

  18. Lovely post. I went and visited almost all the links - just FYI, this one is broken:

    "Wondering if you should trunk your current novel? Agent Mandy Hubbard has the answer." (I managed to find her livejournal page at the end of the long URL it links to!)

  19. Thanks everyone! :)

    And thanks for the heads up, Jessica! Sometimes I screw them up by linking through my RSS reader, but I have no idea what I did to that one! LOL


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