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Field Trip Friday: September 17



Photobucket - Agent Nathan Bransford warns against letting your dreams take over your reasonable expectations.

- Don't have time to write? Yes you do. You're never as busy as you think you are. Mandy Hubbard describes how she finds the time. She also shares some editorial notes from her own books, and says "Don't get it right. Just get it written."

- Author Janice Hardy breaks down point of view.

- Find out how to hook readers with your first chapter, from author Beth Revis-- and be sure to check out her first chapter, because the woman knows what she's talking about.

- Hate word verification on blogs? Author Casey McCormick has a good suggestion for putting those jumbles of letters to use.

- Slate asks: "Can a woman be a great American novelist?" Especially interesting to read in conjunction with a Twitter conversation earlier this week between Ally Carter, Maureen Johnson, John Green and several other YA authors, lamenting the curse of the "chick lit pink cover" and its effect on literary awards.

- The HuffPo features 41 writers OVER 40.

- Oh that we all had the chance to retreat and go feral. (No really, it's a delightful little article.)


- The Frenemy at the HuffPo presents "The Babysitter's Club: Where Are They Now?"  
Does anyone remember Claudia's dorky sister Janine, who stood in the hallway looking at their sign, pondering whether "Babysitter's Club" needed an apostrophe? Does that question still bother anyone else? No? Just me? Okay then. Nothing to see here.


- Author Maggie Stiefvater on courageous querying.

- Agent Jennifer Laughran explains the terms front-, mid- and backlist.

- Author Natalie Whipple with seven ways to make your blog more readable.

- Lovely post from FinePrint assistant Meredith Barnes about pub love.

- The Perils of Social Networking by agent Suzie Townsend. 

- Ten things debut authors should know about signings, from author Mary Robinette Kowal. (via Cleolinda Jones)


- The Hunger Games movies may have a director: Gary Ross, director of "Seabiscuit" and "Pleasantville." Pretty sure Pleasantville and the Capitol couldn't be further apart.

- Congratulations to Ally Condie, whose MATCHED trilogy will be brought to film by Disney and Offspring Entertainment!

- Fair warning about dating a writer.


- CONGRATULATIONS TO RIV RE, who won our Personal Demons contest? Please email yahighway at gmail dot com so we can get your prize to you asap!


Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" played on the Iowa State University carillon (via @ColleenLindsay)

OMG- Myra McEntire found the Redneck Vampires I was looking for! You can also win an ARC of her book HOURGLASS if you click on her name! (And hey, while I'm linking to myself: If you want more random during the week, I started a Tumblr for just that. It won't all be sparkly Twilight gifs... although I'm sure there will be a few.)

Happy Friday!

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. Great links this week!

    I want to respond to Ross as the Hunger Games director. (And there are going to be some spoilers for Pleasantville in here, fair warning) Someone else made a similar comment to me about how the world in HG and Pleasantville were total opposites, but I think it's not quite as far off as it seems. Pleasantville is actually an example of a dystopia, when you think about it - no emotions, teens and women all living in oppression. Sure, it was supposed to be based on the 1950s, but it was also supposed to be based on TV, where someone else was controlling all their emotions. And those scenes where each character came into their own? They were pretty powerful, emotional scenes. I think any director can point a camera at some special effects in an arena. What will really make a great director for HG is someone who can bring the very internal struggle that Katniss faces on the page to life. So I think someone with a background more similar to Ross's might actually work well.

    OK, and that's all I wanted to say. Apparently, it was quite a lot. :)

  2. Great links! Excited about the Hunger Games and Matched. (It's a trilogy?)
    Yay! Thanks! Very excited :) I was reading through and I saw my username mentioned and it made me happy :)

  3. Yes, Kate, I DO still think about the apostrophe! Glad I'm not the only one!

  4. Ack! I've linked to Chicken and Biscuits on my facebook, and I'm listening to it for the 12th time. You guys do this to me every week!

  5. As always, a real winner today! I clicked on several links and read some great stuff! You rock!


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