Field Trip Friday: September 17
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Agent Nathan Bransford warns against letting your dreams take over your reasonable expectations.
- Author Amy Lukavics shares the evolution of her (eventually successful) query.
- 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.)
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Flavorwire pairs famous rappers with their 20th century literary counterparts. (via the Dystel & Goderich blog)
- Our girl Veronica Roth reveals the incredible cover and summary for her 2011 debut, DIVERGENT.
- Leading authors talk smack about first person present. The Guardian has a good explanation for its rise in popularity, and agent Amy Boggs says "Don't blame the hammer."
- 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.
THIS WEEK IN GETTING PUBLISHED
- 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.
- Find out what makes agent Sara Crowe keep reading a manuscript.
- 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)
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- 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.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- WriteOnCon has a huge giveaway and lots of news.
- 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!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
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.)
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