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Field Trip Friday: June 25

On Route 66: Kirsten discovered the
sign was no lie.

Field Trip Friday

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

This Week In Writing

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- Author Lilith St. Crow on how each new novel is its own experience. I especially liked this metaphor:
It’s like climbing the corner at the rock gym. Each time I go up that particular route, I do it differently. I still use the same skillset and the same tools. And sometimes I get into a difficult spot and have to hang there for a moment and think how the hell am I going to do this, now?"
- Author Isabel Allende gives advice to young writers

- When to tell instead of show from agent Mary Kole

This Week In Reading

- Breaking News from The Rejectionist: "Gay People Also Read, Purchase Books"

- The WSJ reports that kids in India have read YA for years, but until recently, it's mostly been imported. Now Indian publishers are commissioning original pieces for the Indian market.

- The HuffPo polls readers to determine the "next big thing" in YA.

- All sorts of kerfluffle over Sharon Dogar's ANNEXED, a fictionalization of the life of Peter van Pels, who hid with Anne Frank during the Holocaust. Amid rumors that the book features a sex scene between the two characters, The Telegraph reports the family is angry; two writers at Bookslut address it, the latter citing The Jerusalem Post's article; Jezebel is pissed; Metafilter is discussing it; The Guardian has the author's rebuttal, and Hornbook would like to point out that no one has even read it yet-- and said sex scene doesn't even exist. Fascinating stuff.

This Week In Getting Published

- Pimp My Novel cautions: The Internet Counts. Watch your mouth.

- Agent Michael Bourret says unpublished authors should enjoy this time. I know, I laughed too, but he makes some good points.

- Agent Jennifer Laughran on the Luxury of Choice.and the ones that got away.

- Twitter exploded Wednesday with a discussion about agent payment models. Victoria Strauss has one analysis on her blog.

- Thursday, it exploded again, this time on the topic of advances. Pimp My Novel has a post on the topic.

- Agent Kristin Nelson in defense of the one book deal

- Lots of "short and not-so-sweet answers" from agent Rachelle Gardner

- Moonrat explains why the first page of your MS is so important. (Spoiler: Because otherwise, she might not get to the second.)

- Why agent Nathan Bransford writes vague rejection letters.

- "How Not To Be An Email Goober" from author Tawna Fenske

- Author Shannon Messenger guest posts at QueryTracker with pointers for pitching at conferences.

- Agent Elana Roth dispels the idea that a slow response indicates lack of enthusiasm.

This Week In Member Posts!

Besides updating YA Highway with new posts almost every day, our members have their own blogs where they post some pretty fabulous stuff. If you're not following them, you should be-- go check these out!
- Kody: The Worst Thing You Could Do To Your Characters: Being true to your character development (and check out her new website!)

- Kate: Snow White and the Seven Synopses: How Disney can help you write the dreaded synopsis

- Leila: If You Think About It... Leila's pet monster blog attacks

- Kristin Sr: They Love You, They Really, Etc.: The excitement that makes an agent say YES.

- Kirsten: When You Hate Your Book: Hanging onto the spark

- Michelle: With Emphasis On The Suckage: Includes gems like "'Oh, dear,' said the hot dog named Folly. 'Now I want some Velveeta cheese.'" and “Fish sticks. Flaky. Think about that.“

- Emila: YA Girls and the Battle of Female Badassery: ... I can't really summarize better than that!

- Kaitlin: They're Watching: How not to shoot yourself in the online foot

Congrats to Kaitlin, who is now repped by Elizabeth Jote of Objective Entertainment!

This Week In Other Stuff

Tent city pics from the HuffPo. You can
also check out #tentcity
- Blogs You Can't Live Without at The Bookshelf Muse

- Querypolitan is taking submissions.

- Filmstrip Friday: Each Friday, pop-culture junkie (and YA writer) Kathleen Peacock highlights a different movie or TV show from her ridiculously large DVD collection. Check it out on her new blog!

"Bug spray? Check.
Sleeping bag? Check.
Sparkly vampire? ...oh right. In the tree
outside my room. Check."
- Speaking of movies: In case you missed it, Eclipse comes out next week-- or as Cleolinda puts it: "Sparklemas approacheth."

This Week In The Random

Michelle just brought the following to my attention: Tattoo artists practicing on pigs. Do you think the pigs with bad ass tattoos rule the pen and pick on the poor Disney princess pigs?

Unrelated and equally random:

and courtesy of our girl Tahereh:
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. omg BRILLIANT, KATE. as usual.

    love love love these links!

    and thanks so much for the mention! :D


  2. torn between love for the Gandalf picture, and sheer, utter terror at the Face Book. Seriously.


  3. That facebook picture really really freaks me out.

  4. Ditto on the Facebook pic. Whoa.

    Kate, you've outdone yourself this week! AWE.SOME!

  5. Loved it! Okay the Facebook pic is a little freaky, but great job!

  6. FAB links. I will now spend most of the day checking them out, thanks! :)

    Also that zombie pie chart is a classic ;)

  7. Ahh, awesome links, and even AWESOMER pictures. (: I rofl'd at the Taylor Lautner picture and cringed a bit at the Facebook one...sometimes I wonder where people get the ideas to make these images.

  8. Great links. Can't wait to check them out.

    Yes, I definitely see the resemblance between the llama and Taylor.

  9. Love the Gandalf picture. And voting on the newest craze. And the thesaurus pic. And didn't everyone know that pigs are regularly tattooed for practice by beginning artists? Thanks for all of this amazingness!

  10. I love that picture of Ian McKellen. The man's smile is like a sunrise.

    And thanks for the mention!!!

  11. I love Field Trip Fridays. Love them. Congrats to Kaitlin, and thos pigs! My word, those pigs. And then you follow that with the facebook pic. Dude, nightmares.

    As always, great links where I'll be spending some time.

  12. just. fabulous.
    except the pic we will not mention. it's funny that it unsettled everyone in this deep down J-horror movie way.

  13. Another awesome list--thank you so much for putting it together! And thank you for linking my QT post. I feel so honored to be amongst such awesome linkage. Off to read the other posts! :)

  14. My LOL Quota for the day is filled. Thank you.

  15. I love the pie charts and jake-llama picture!

  16. Hey, thanks so much for mentioning me! (and for providing so many other wonderful links I'm going to enjoy scoping out this weekend).


  17. Oh my. I know that's Taylor Lautner on the right, but what IS that other thing? Or is it Taylor Lautner on the left...?


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