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Field Trip Friday: November 19


THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension So the movie was already breaking records days before it opened, and last night fans lined up to see the second to last installment. Dummies looked for spoilers, and of course Forever Young Adult hooked you up with a drinking game. (I shudder to think of the hangover butterbeer would cause.)






Did you dress up for the opening? Send us pics - we'd love to feature our readers' costumes!


OTHER BIG NEWS  

PhotobucketSpeaking of jerk faces: The James Frey controversy continues as the brutal contract offered by his Full Fathom Five company is revealed. Maureen Johnson and Jon Scalzi take both Frey and MFA programs to task; Jason Pinter and Colleen Mondor look for the lessons the Frey debacle can teach the industry. 



THIS WEEK IN WRITING

- "Find where your passion meets the market," says agent Rachelle Gardner.

- How to tell (really!) when it's time to give up the writing dream.

- "Grammar and syntax can end your publishing career before it even gets started," from DGLM.

- Author Sarah Enni suggests you "write like Mike."


- Author Cory Jackson adds two writing tools that work to our list of writing apps.

- Author Scott Tracey has tips for writing LGBTQ fiction.

- Tips on writing actions scenes from author Janice Hardy

- Author (that's still weird) Nathan Bransford on the importance of being yourself

- Writers Digest tells you how to heighten the stakes in your story.



THIS WEEK IN READING

- "If a book had a label that said, 'Warning!  Teenagers Inside!' I would be more likely to pick it up." Edan Lepucki at The Millions

- Guest blogger Megan no H sorts the fandoms into Hogwarts houses over at Forever Young Adult.

- Former UK Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo says, "Let children be the judge of a good book."

- Seattle school bans Brave New World.

- Kirkus names its top books of 2010. Also, congratulations to Kathryn Erskine, winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature



THIS WEEK IN GETTING PUBLISHED

- Author Sarah Rees Brennan has three easy steps to getting published

- Traits of successful tweeters at Business News Daily (via Molly O'Neill)

- Should writers tweet? The indomitable Betsy Lerner weighs in.

- Author Janice Hardy shares her tips on running a blog tour.

- Thanks to e-books, time doesn't matter anymore: Interesting look at the extended "season" for books, at DGLM.

- Writers Digest has five things every writer should know about rights.

- Agent Kate Testerman answers the question, "Is there an ideal time of the year to query?"

- "The book was so good, as a matter of fact, that they thought it would be best to conceal the fact that it had been written by a woman." Author Tawni O'Dell discusses the gender bias she experienced as a writer of adult literary fiction.

THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS

- Author Abby Stevens is giving away three fun prize packs: The Maggie, The Jen and The Jackson.


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF

- Author Kelly Valen on the ways mean girls learn to be mean.


- The NYT presents "Your Brain on Metaphors."


- Hell freezes over: MySpace surrenders to Facebook, at TechCrunch.


THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM

This Tumblr has a list of little known HP facts (and turns your cursor into a golden snitch!). 


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Have a great weekend -- and don't forget to send us your HP pics!
-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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9 comments:

  1. Ah, that last graphic actually made me tear up! An awesome FTF, as always.

    Also, it looks like the link to my contest is directing to Daphne Unfeasible. ;)

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  2. Fixed it Abby, thanks for the heads up!

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  3. Thanks for including my blog post here (about giving up on your writing dream).

    This is a way cool site -- and I'm not even a YA author! I look forward to future posts....

    Laurie

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  4. Reading articles about the James Frey situation made me so angry that I had to go watch clips of Oprah giving him a verbal smack down while he looks like he's about to cry. He is not an author. He is a scam artist, and he continues to reveal his true colors over and over again.

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  5. I so enjoy reading this FTFs. So many links to click on. I've just been lurking a lot lately, but I did manage to get my RTW up. Better late than never. http://is.gd/hrR2t

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  6. Thanks for linking to my article on first drafts! I appreciate it :)

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