Field Trip Friday: January 28, 2011
THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
During #querychat, a blogger asked agent Jill Corcoran about authors writing book reviews. Jill said she's unlikely to sign someone who hates her clients books. In the wake of the conversation that ensued, author Stacia Kane said you can't be a reviewer and an author. Be sure to read the comments, as well as her follow up. Meanwhile, author E. J. Wesley would rather "have a little backbone," author Claire Dawn offers lots of ways to approach a book review, and author Phoebe North has a thoughtful look at the importance of honesty and excellence.
The blogger who originally asked the question has gone on hiatus.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- How tweeting can help you revise-- really!-- from author Brianne Carter.
- Author CJ Omololu on finding the perfect time to write.
- Highway girl Lee discovered this "new to us" blog, full of writing do's and don't's: Editor Devil.
- Author Lisa Desrochers on the art of critiquing.
- The character doth protest too much. Keep yours out of denial, says agent Mary Kole.
- A simple test for voice, from agent Jessica Faust.
- Five major myths about writing, from author Rick Riordan.
-Author Sarah Ockler has ten anti-insanity tips for writers.
- Ouch-- feeling a little bruised by a critique? Read the comments of Betsy Lerner's post for real life examples of the worst feedback writers have ever gotten.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Give infatuation the respect it deserves! Great post on puppy love by author Biljana Likic at Let The Words Flow.
- Why teens like YA, from Dr. Harold Koplewicz at the HuffPo.
- Katie Coops, guest blogger at Forever Young Adult, examines whether YA is prescriptive or descriptive.
- Author Malinda Lo looks at the upcoming season of fantasy covers at the Enchanted Inkpot, and posts on her own blog about race and judging a book by its cover.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Agent Jennifer Laughran explains when to keep your mouth shut about being on sub.
- What happens to your blog when you die? Author Anne R. Allen suggests you designate an executor.
- Handmade Spark looks at the real message your tweets are sending. (Article focuses on craft blogs, but is applicable to writing too; via @kate_mckean)
- You shouldn't just be writing about writing, says author Dawn Miller (with flattering shout outs to YA Highway- thanks Dawn!).
- Author/intern C.A. Marshall has a checklist for formatting your manuscript.
- Author Jane Lebak at QueryTracker explains the difference between cliche and compelling in your query.
- How to make requesting blurbs less painful, from author Kiersten White.
- The Rejectionist outlines some inappropriate agent behaviors and the process by which one should rectify them.
- Agent Sarah LaPolla outlines some inappropriate author behaviors (at conferences).
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Emma Straub at The Paris Review talks about "My So-Called Life" and relationships between girls.
- Highway girl Leila Austin was interviewed by Booksellers New Zealand!
- What does Stephenie Meyer's "Head of Global Marketing" do in her spare time? Write YA, of course. EW profiles author Elizabeth Eulberg.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- Wow! Stephanie Jenkins is giving away a Kindle, and that's not all!
- Don't forget our Super Shiny ALA ARC Giveaway!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Which one are you? I'm a Ginny Weasley... and so is my husband. So that's awkward.
Have a great weekend!
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