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Field Trip Friday: August 20


The Big News This Week
YA author Ellen Hopkins was un-invited to a Texas Teen Lit Festival. Hopkins discusses it here; author Pete Hautman explains why he also withdrew from the festival in protest; and Smart Bitches, Trash Books is giving away copies of her books to donate to your local library.

This Week In Writing

- Write It Sideways has 23 (more) websites to help improve your writing.

- Two very interesting looks at writing and identity: The Literary Lab asks when characters are off-limits, and Sumayyah Daud declares she's not "the other."

- I love Ally Condie's analogy of mothering and writing being the only two balloons she can hang on to right now-- and Maggie Stiefvater's perfect summary of a day in the life of a writing mom.

This Week In Reading

- Wonder why your favorite author hasn't answered your fan mail? Stephanie Perkins explains.

- Persnickety Snark has the top 100 YA novels of 2010.

- Check out part 1 of 2 posts by the KOrtizzle about what makes a good book trailer.

- The Quileute Nation and the Seattle Art Museum present "Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of Quileute Wolves"

- Author Sarah Enni addresses "The Katniss Problem."

- Which house put out the most bestsellers last year? Author Robin LaFevers has the answer.

This Week In Getting Published

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- Agent Nathan Bransford has the "how to write a query" post to end all query posts.

- Guest poster Marcus Sakey says a good query should get a 75% request rate. Author Jodi Meadows thinks that's unrealistic at best, and harmful at worst.

- This is more for non-fiction writers, but still a good caution about the background check a publisher might do on a prospective client.

- Both agent Mary Kole and the BookEnds blog address client referrals this week.

- Author Hannah Moskowitz gives the reasons you want an agent that you haven't heard a million times before.

- Traditionally published author Ray Connolly decides to "do a Dickens" and self-publish.

This Week In Contests

- Jillian, Linna and Raila are raising money for charity, and you can win books by helping.

- Author Tahereh Mafi would like to give you $100.

This Week In Other Stuff

- Via Alice Pope: Random Acts of Publicity

- Also via Alice Pope: Twitter makes it easier to tweet from Facebook. (Warning: If you people start tweeting me your Farmville updates, heads will roll.)

- I feel weird doing this, but when a YA Highway member gets an agent, we usually announce it in Field Trip Friday... and this week, it's me. I'm now represented by Michelle Andelman of Regal Literary!

This Week In The Random

Mark Reads Harry Potter: A dude live blogs his progress through the saga, complete with hilarity and lots of profanity. Link goes to his entry at the end of Goblet of Fire.

Artist Ginger Williams and her amazing nesting dolls. Includes such works of art as The Golden Girls, Saved By The Bell, The Beatles and Steel Magnolias.

Pinup Robert Downey Jr

Selleck Waterfall Sandwich

and some other hilarity:


All uncredited images are from Getty (except the one with the boat and UFOs) and all the random is from I Can Has Cheezburger (except the Harry Potter, which is via Cleolinda Jones)

~ Kate Hart

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. This is Jillian from Random Ramblings, along with Linna and Raila, just to thank you for announcing our Charity event on your blog! We appreciate it a whole lot! :)

  2. Congrats, Kate!!! Woo hoo! Excellent news on your representation. We're elated for you. Great field trip, too :)

  3. Yay Kate!!
    And great round-up per usual.

  4. SO amazing, as always. And thanks for the shoutout!!

  5. Great links--off to click!
    Oh and p.s. congrats Kate!

  6. Amazing as always, Kate! You are so great--and congrats! :)


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