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Field Trip Friday: December 10


THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
Amazon makes Neilsen BookScan sales data available to authors. Chaos ensues. 

The LA Times has an overview; Sarah Weinman has a "host of caveats and issues that must be discussed;"  Saundra Mitchell points out that the numbers are inaccurate and by the way, NO ONE TELLS AUTHORS ANYTHING AND THAT'S UNCOOL; and Holly Root shows you how to use the data for good instead of evil.


THIS WEEK IN WRITING

- What John Lennon can teach us about writing, from agent Sarah LaPolla.

- Fight the Crazy! How to survive the death march of the first draft, from author Robin Wasserman.

- Author Kathleen Temean gives tips for writing inner conflict.

- Some things author Kaleb Nation has learned, including the need for the secret novel.

- Two good posts from Terrible Minds: Why You're a Sucky Editor and The Writer's Prayer.

- It happens to everyone: What to do when you hate your book, from agent Rachelle Gardner.

- Vonnegut's "8 Rules For Writing Fiction"-- always worth a re-read.

- Uncle Jim lays it all out: How To Get Published.

- Author Elana Johnson has a lovely post detailing what she believes.

- New blogger Anne Heron has two writing lessons drawn from astrophysics. (Full disclosure: Yes, that's my BFF. But I'm linking because the post is truly interesting.)



- Do you suffer from NWS (Nice Writer Syndrome)? Author Janice Hardy has the cure.


THIS WEEK IN READING

- Agent Jason Ashlock lit up Twitter with his #whyiread hashtag on Wednesday, and the LA Times has a report.

- Author Tessa Gratton says YA novels are not devoid of moral ambiguity






THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING

- Author/agent Mandy Hubbard posts about the merry-go-round of publishing.


- An honest post from agent Natalie Fischer about growing pains and ego problems.

- How to know if your agent is an idiot, courtesy of Janet Reid.

- Publishing and The Princess Bride, from Intrepid Media.


- The HuffPo examines whether Twitter sells books. (Spoiler: Yes.)

- Coffey, Tea and Literary look at the query for Susan Dennard's The Spirit Hunters, which recently sold to Harper Collins (congrats Susan!).



THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
'Tis the season, and the blogosphere wants to spread the joy. Check out all these awesome giveaways!


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF


- The girls at Forever Young Adult take "Vampire Facelift" to its logical next steps.

- Figment.com, a new online community aimed at younger readers, debuted on Monday.

- YA Book Central is building a list of author and book blogs-- go add yours!

- "Get Your Geek Girl On" at CNN.

- The Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation needs book donations in a big way. More details here and here.


THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM

And you can blame thank Kirsten Hubbard for this one:


Have a great weekend!
~ 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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7 comments:

  1. As always, an amazing Field Trip Friday...

    I <3 the Baby Monkey, but the song gets stuck in my head for daaaaaaays. I didn't even click play this time, but it has already started repeating in my mind -- YARGH!!

    And thanks for the mention! :D

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  2. Awesome and SO informative. I heart this website.

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  3. BABY MONKEY!!!
    (get on that pig and hold on tight!)

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  4. Excellent, as usual.

    Thanks for the link!

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  5. Thanks for including me! Lots of other good stuff for me to check out too! :)

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  6. In case you need fodder for next week, here's a hysterical comic strip someone posted about crit groups: http://boscafelife.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/bo-one-year-strip.png

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  7. Baby monkey FTW!!! Oh, and that writing stuff is useful too, thanks. But baby monkey all the way.

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