Our weekly trip around the field of YA with stops at the most helpful, interesting or otherwise entertaining news.
While most of our lovely contributors - including FTF genius Kate Hart - are in Los Angeles, I decided to take on Field Trip Friday! (Yes, I am crazy - and no, no one can rock this like Kate! But I'm giving it a shot!)
So here goes!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Author Kiersten White on the importance of alpha readers
Author Lilith St. Crow on how not to be a speshul snowflake
5 Rules For Writing YA at Guide to Literary Agents
Michelle Hodkin wrote an amusing post on How To Get Noticed At A Writer's Conference (not necessarily in a good way).
THIS WEEK IN READING
Agent Nathan Bransford talks about the one question writers should never ask themselves while reading.
Do characters need to be likable? Veronica Roth says "not necessarily."
I got a big kick out of this post, brought to my attention by Melissa Marr's twitter. It's a list of 11 beloved children's books with very dubious lessons. I will never look at Hop on Pop the same way again.
THIS WEEK IN GETTING PUBLISHED
Agent Mary Kole on querying agents who already rep books similar to yours
Good, basic querying advice from Intern X at the Bent Agency
Agent Jessica Faust lists the questions to ask before signing with literary agent.
Sara Kendall, assistant at Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation, discusses why less is more with queries.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
Check out Celise's public critiquing activity! (with prizes!)
Author Claudia Gray is hosting a giveaway for an advanced copy of PERSONAL DEMONS by Lisa Desrochers that ends on Tuesday.
Check out Roni and Julie's Totally Epic Summer Contest! (several big giveaways, including an agent query critique!)
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
She's off in LA with most of our crew right now, but when she gets back, be sure to throw some confetti Miss Emilia Plater, who signed with agent Suzie Townsend of FinePrint this week! YAY EMILIA! So proud of you!
Also, look what our lovely Kirsten got in the mail this week! LIKE MANDARIN ARCs!!!! Aren't they cute? (The books, and Kirsten, too!)