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Field Trip Friday: November 5th


Hi all! I'm filling in for the made-of-awesome Kate this week, and I'm not going to pretend to be anywhere near as fabulous of a link collector or (especially) a hilarious picture finder, but I had fun! 

THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK

It's November, which means it's time for NaNoWriMo! It's the month when writers ignore the unimportant things like sleep in favor of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. But this year, NaNoWriMo seems to be a contentious subject.

Laura Miller's article in Salon about why you shouldn't participate in NaNo sparked the controversy.

- The LA Times has an in-depth rebuttal.

- In another response to the Salon article, author Sage Collins shares why she thinks NaNo is great.

-Author Maggie Stiefvater gives a NaNo anti-pep talk.

Author Chuck Wendig lists some NaNo "dos" and "don'ts".


THIS WEEK IN WRITING

- Author Jennifer Walkup asks: could you ever give up writing?

- Author Christina Lee discusses how improving at writing helped her become a better beta.

- Hate writing synopses? Agent Suzie Townsend helps you conquer the evil. (Yes, she really does call them evil!)

A thoughtful guest post on GotYA by author Ryan Sullivan on males writing and reading YA.

Seven grammar pet peeves on Huffington Post.

Stay away from obvious symbolism, says agent Sarah LaPolla.


THIS WEEK IN READING

- Maybe I shouldn’t be amused, but I am. A recent wave of owl disappearances in India is being blamed on Harry Potter.

- Author Vee Naidoo has an extensive blog post on YA and movies.

- The 50 most hated characters in literary history, according to librarysciencedegree.org, via author Michelle Hodkin, who blogs about her own least favorite characters.

- The Association of Booksellers for Children highlights twenty debut authors you should keep your eye on.

- Author Jennifer Lynn Barnes lists her top ten supernatural families in fiction - mostly from YA novels. 



THIS WEEK IN GETTING PUBLISHED

- Agent Elana Roth suggests you slow down a little.

- Author Sarah Billington hosts a two part series on getting published: with an agent and without an agent. Via Jill Corcoran.


- Author Jody Hedlund shares three mistakes writers make on their quest for publication.

- Rejections dragging you down? Agent Natalie Fischer shares some inspirations.

- Author Janice Hardy has a couple great posts this week: she gives suggestions on dealing with writer’s block and shares some insight from her latest edit letter.


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF

- This week on The Contemps, YA Highwayer Kirsten Hubbard shares why “yes means yes” trumps “no means no.”

Hilarious post by author Tahereh Mafi on the power of perspective.

- If you want an eReader but can’t decide which one, this article by YA Highwayer Michelle Schusterman might help.

- An insanely long and interesting post on procrastination by David McRaney.

- The Wall Street Journal writes about Ronald and Bryan Williams, owners of Cash Money Records, branching out into publishing. Via Sarah LaPolla.


THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS

- Win a $15 Amazon gift card plus a novel by helping authors Pam Harris and Marquita Hockaday title their NaNo projects.

- Author Veronica Roth is giving away awesomely decorated notebooks to celebrate the seven countries who’ve bought subrights to her debut, DIVERGENT, so far.

- YA Highwayer Kody Keplinger is hosting a giveaway on Facebook with four prize packages, each of which includes the audio version of her debut, THE DUFF.


THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM







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Kaitlin Ward

Kaitlin Ward is the author of Bleeding Earth, Adaptive Books 2016, and The Farm, coming 2017 from Scholastic.

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10 comments:

  1. I think you did a great job. I really enjoyed these links, especially the NiWriRanMo ones and the Natalie Fischer one. I was very surprised by the latter one, and it was inspirational.

    Loved the last picture.

    Thanks!

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  2. Thank you so much Kaits! You're going to put me out of business for sure. {{glomp}}

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  3. Great post - it turned my procrastination into an art from ;)

    I want to see Troy Story - I keep picturing the whole thing HORRIBLE HISTORIES style.

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  4. Great post - tons of good links for the week! (And thanks for the mention, BTW.):)

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  5. Thanks for the link! I'm glad peeps seem to be enjoying my posts.

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  6. Awesome job, Kaitlin! And holy hell, I hadn't heard of that owl thing. Crazy!

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  7. Wow what a good line-up--thx for the shout-out!

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  8. The procrastination article was really informative. I'm mildly amused by Cash Money Books. Lookin forward to seeing how that goes.

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