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Field Trip Friday: February 25, 2011


THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK

Flash Burnout cover On Wednesday, the YA community lost critically-acclaimed author L. K. Madigan (Lisa Wolfson) to pancreatic cancer. Moving tributes have been posted by her agent, Jennifer Laughran, as well as friends and admirers such as Melodye Shore, Malinda Lo, Megan Crewe, Rachel Hawkins, and Kate Messner. Lisa's husband Neil has details on what you can do in her memory.

All of us here at YA Highway offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends, and encourage you to read her books, The Mermaid's Mirror and the Morris Award-winning Flash Burnout.


THIS WEEK IN WRITING

- Tools of the Trade: Author Michelle Hodkin lists her favorite writing accessories + suggestions from fellow awesome authors Kirsten Hubbard, Veronica Roth and Jodi Meadows.

- Creativity coach Lisa Riley on "getting in the mood to create."

- The Literary Lab on why your fiction needs a comfort zone.

- "To write as a woman is political," by Roxanne Gay. 

- Author Megan Miranda has a funny post about how characters' reactions may differ from yours (and might possibly require someone to induce vomiting). 



THIS WEEK IN READING

- Fantastic piece at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books about the reading available (and not available) to individuals with visual impairments. Be sure to read the list of ways you can help at the end.







THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING

intern cartoon - A hilarious look at being an intern, from the Gatekeeper's intern.

- Your book is going to auction! Great! Um... how does that work?

- Janet Reid warns, "Don't put query stats on your blog" -- and certainly don't tweet them at agents!



- How agent Jennifer Laughran crafts her submission list (with a helpful breakdown of publishers and imprints).

- Editorial Anonymous on how to give a gift (with my new favorite term, "alligator present").


- Meredith Barnes at FinePrint wants you to post your contact information, for the love of %@$%!


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF

dystopia - The NYT weighs in on why dystopians are hot in YA, and why Matched is better than I Am Number Four. Author Maureen Johnson finds the article heavy-handed; Ellen Hopkins agrees but thinks he has some valid points.


- Editor Molly O'Neill shares a video that gets to the heart of YA.

- Debbie Ridpath Ohi is taking part in "Writers For The Red Cross" and has details on how you can help.



THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS

- Maureen Johnson has put together an amazing effort to help victims of the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. It's been extended several times-- go check it out and see if you can still help!


- Debra Driza has an ARC of Gayle Forman's Where She Went that she'd like to give you.

- Beth Revis, Shannon Messenger and Elana Johnson are giving away TEN copies of Liar's Society.

- You have a chance to win four YA books from Hope Junkie.

- Rachele Alpine is giving away an ARC of Divergent!


THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM

Both via the Gatekeeper:
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and Judgmental Book Seller Ostrich:
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And via Highwayer Michelle Schusterman:


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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6 comments:

  1. Hey Kate, could you maybe add my contest? http://afoolsgoldenparadise.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-my-birthday-books-and-critiques-for.html

    Thanks!

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  2. I'm giving away a copy of DIVERGENT on my blog if you want to add that to the contest list. I know it's pretty hot right now and I want to share it because it's just that awesome! :)

    http://freckle-head.blogspot.com/2011/02/arc-contest-divergent.html

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  3. Thanks for the shout out about the contest!

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  4. Awesome links! (That vid makes me so happy.) :)

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  5. That ostrich meme was one great find. Keep them coming.

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