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Field Trip Friday: July 30

Field Trip Friday

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!

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
Author Melissa de la Cruz did a guest post on Elizabeth Scott's blog about the troubles of writing a book that has no plot.

Michelle Hodkin wrote an amusing post on How To Get Noticed At A Writer's Conference (not necessarily in a good way).


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.


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.


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!)

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!)

Yay! I survived my first FTF post!!! I'm so proud of myself! And hopefully no one was harmed in the making of this post . . . hopefully.
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Dear Kate,
Never leave me again, please. I beg of you. I may actually die if you go away for another Friday. I think the entire world, after seeing this post, agrees.
So, again, I ask: NEVER LEAVE ME!
Love always,
Kody Keplilnger

Kody is the NYT bestselling author of The DUFF, Shut Out, and A Midsummer's Nightmare, all from Little Brown/Poppy, as well as Lying Out Loud, Run, and the middle grade novel The Swift Boys and Me, from Scholastic. Born and raised in Kentucky, she now lives in NYC.

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  1. Good work Kody! I'd say you did a good job filling in for Kate while she's off drinking it up with all the other YAH'ers who left us all alone in here. *looks around...hangs up life sized poster of Johnny Depp*

    There, that's better!

  2. That I had scheduled my post for 8am MST this morning, and it's not there. Darn it. I'll post it later. Sorry.

  3. Thanks for the Trip, Kody! You did a great job!

  4. Thanks for a great FTF, Kody!

  5. I thought I had commented, but here's a very belated THANK YOU and GREAT JOB! <3


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