It was bound to happen folks. All that zombifying of pictures has caused our beloved Kate the Great to fall victim to the greenness of zombism herself. (Actually, I challenged her to a thumb war and totally won :D)
No worries. She'll be back next week. In the meantime, I've been allowed to gather the news. Scared? Me, too. But onward we go!
THIS WEEK IN BIG NEWS
Sarah LaPolla explains the difference between a writer and an author. (Jersey Shore example?
Steve Kaire gives us an in-depth definition of the ever elusive term High Concept.
Quita and Pam of Y(A)? Cuz We Write offer up a checklist of YA cliches via SCBWI.
Does this whole writing thing ever get easier? Kara Mustafa says yes, some of it does. (Warning: she also says not everything does.)
Weronika Janczuk explains how bad reviews can sting, but are helpful if the reviewer has done their job.
Allison Winn Scotch talks about how she gets over the writing blahs.
Michelle Hodkin on walking away (in a good way).
Daily Writing Tips shares the 7 most common homonymic spelling errors.
You got your first book deal (squee!) Now what? Kiersten White gives some great tips for debut authors.
Johannah Harness says it's not about finding more time, but more energy.
THIS WEEK IN READING
Want to know what everyone was reading the week you were born? Check out BibliOz search engine to see.
Sarah Enni wonders how you feel about rereading.
Teens Read and Write brings you a rap review(!) of Black Hole Sun.
Looking for some good books to add to your reading pile? 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards are out.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
Little, Brown's bringing Twilight fans together (10 to be exact) for a meet and greet with Stephenie Meyer.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
Having trouble finding the perfect card for a writer/agent/editor? Look no further. Corrine Jackson's got you covered, and she's giving away a stash of books to celebrate.
Claire Dawn's giving away a book a week on her blog!
Want to get your hands on our own Kirsten Hubbard's Like Mandarin? Shannon Whitney Messenger's giving one away! UPDATE: Nikki Katz is giving away a signed ARC, too!
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
Another book being petitioned to be removed from a library: Lisa McMann's WAKE series. Details here.
Nathan Bransford brings us How a Cocktail Party should go, Part Two
Saundra Mitchell breaks down some numbers on illegal downloading to show the damage it does to an author's career (more than just money, but yeah, a lot of money). And Lillith Saintcrow says when it comes to pirating books, stealing is very black and white.
Diversity in YA is going on tour! Check out who's on board.
Marla Taviano explains how being nice does more than improve your karma, it can improve sales.