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Field Trip Friday: July 23


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



THIS WEEK IN WRITING

- I'm a week late, but agent Sarah Davies posted the final installment in her fab "How to Write a Breakout Novel" series.


- Author Shannon Whitney Messenger on learning to trust yourself.


- Do you need a crit partner? Let The Words Flow can hook you up.

- Victoria Strauss on the importance of self-editing.

- Got my edits... now what? How to deal effectively with critical feedback, from author/editor Cheri Lasota. (via @bakersmark)



THIS WEEK IN READING

- Can fart jokes save boy readers? The AP says "pbtthththhth." Oh wait, no, they say maybe

- Real sweat and blood go into a book. Literally.


- Designer Lisa Novak shows the alternate mock ups for Flux book covers she created. (via author Karen Mahoney, who scored an awesome cover for her book The Iron Witch.)

- Persnickety Snark started posting their Top 100 YA Books list on Tuesday.





THIS WEEK IN GETTING PUBLISHED

- Agent Jenny Bent suggests that in querying, you follow the rules for the most part, but don't be afraid to let your freak flag fly. Just a little.

- Need a blog post topic? Check out this list specifically for writers. (via @LynneKelly)

- Why double last names can be problematic for authors, from agent Jessica Faust

- How to benefit more from conferences, by Jane Friedman

- Agent Mandy Hubbard took a whirlwind trip through New York publishing and comes home with a full report on trends. (Hint: MIDDLE GRADE.)

- No need to mention your age, warns agent Sarah LaPolla. After all,
"...did Mozart ever say 'Sorry guys, I know I'm only six years old, but I'm about to blow your mind?' No. All he did was blow people's minds! No apology offered or needed."
- I am writing this post with my hands. Agent Janet Reid on overwriting in your query.

- Author Lisa Desrochers walks you through the process of editing your book after it's sold.

- Sometimes things don't work out: Agent Mary Kole on leaving your agent 

- Mary Kole also addresses writers and social media. Author Jodi Meadows (congrats on your book deal, Jodi!) has a response, and author Natalie Whipple has a two-part series on the same topic.

- Agent Jennifer Laughran clears up some common publishing myths. My favorite:
"Picture books are easy to write. OR, YA writing is fine, but eventually you should 'graduate' to writing grown-up books.  Errr... screw you."


THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS

- The Rejectionist wants to know what rejection means to you. Win a mix CD made by le R herself!


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF

- I love this amazing "fashion show" of covers at Publishers Weekly, where florals, branches and windblown hair are IN.

- Congrats to Maggie Stiefvater, whose sequel LINGER debuted at #1 on the NYT bestseller list!










THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM

In follow up to last week's Old Spice library love: New Spice Library Guy (via Bookninja)




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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12 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to check out some of these links! Most of them are much needed by me right now.

    Thanks!

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  2. I am excited to say I just read the conference advice links because I NEED THEM FOR NEXT WEEK.

    O.O

    Fantastic round up, Kate!

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  3. Thanks for the great links. Can't wait to check them out!

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  4. That video is just perfect.

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  5. Love that library video! And so many great links to read today.

    Thanks for the mention about the blog post ideas-- @LinBenson sent that to me when I mentioned that our group of 7 people posts less frequently than most people who blog alone!

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  6. "I'm on a cart! Hyaaaa!"

    Why did you show me that? People will think I'm crazy now!

    Wait a minute! Too late! :)

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  7. Great links. Thanks for posting them.

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  8. Aw, thank you so much for linking my post. I can't tell you how ridiculously happy that makes me.

    Off to check the other links!

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