- Neil Gaiman is the reason nobody teaches “I before E except after C” anymore.
- Some authors write in omniscient point of view. Neil Gaiman lives it.
- Neil Gaiman can tweet 175 characters.
Field Trip Friday: February 4, 2011
THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
Bitch Media's "100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader" got some revisions over the weekend due to reader complaints-- specifically, Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce, Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, and Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott were removed. Authors such as Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, Diana Peterfreund, and Ellen Klages subsequently asked for their titles to be removed as well.
A #bitchplease hashtag sprang up, as did conversations on Metafilter, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, GotYA, School Library Journal, Tessa Gratton's blog, Bookalicious, and Beth Revis's blog. Margo Lanagan refutes the original claims against her book, E. Kristin Anderson provides an alternative list of feminist titles, and Chasing Ray has a great rundown on the controversy, if you don't have time to read the entire original thread.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- "Once Upon a Yawn"-- Query Tracker answers "What makes a boring story?"
- Author Stephenie Perkins shows her "love list" technique for staying motivated, over at Natalie Whipple's blog.
- Author Candy Gourlay gives a recap of Sara Zarr's moving SCBWI NY speech, and author Colleen Mondor reflects on how she's already won by living a creative life.
- Author Joanna Penn talks about "Writing and the Mixed Blessing of a Day Job."
- Check out the superpowers of the grammatical subject, from author Juliette Wade.
- Writer's Relief has seven tips for avoiding eyestrain.
- Need to know what Paris or Berlin or San Fran sound like? Check out Soundcities for help creating ambiance. (via @molly_oneill)
- Why every author should write more than one book, from author Jody Hedlund.
- Sean Wills insists compound words are not the wave of the future, at the Interrobangs.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Who's your YA Valentine? Find out at Teenreads.
- Think complaints of women being underrepresented in lit crit are unfounded? The numbers don't lie.
- Are you reading Diversity In YA? They are doing a fab weekly round up of diversity-related links.
- One more reason children's books are important: A book from the 1940s sheds light on historical race and slavery issues.
- Bibliophile Brouhaha has a handy YAngelism brochure to hand those giving you the bookstore stink eye.
- Twitarded has the latest round of terrifying Twilight tattoos. (Twitarded is hysterical but generally NSFW.)
- Author Jim C. Hines has 20 Neil Gaiman facts, including:
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Author Mike Duran on why we should love the books we hate.
- Agent Holly Root asks you to rethink ARCs.
- Contracts are taking even longer than usual, reports agent Kristin Nelson.
- Author Kerry Madden has an amazing list of publicity ideas-- from high tech to no tech.
- How quickly can you submit again to an agent? Jennifer Laughran explains.
- MacAllister Stone (who we love, have we mentioned that?) sounds the alarm about a new "literary agent matchmaking service."
- Could reading a book at bedtime save publishing? Can't hurt! Author Sean Cummings leads the way.
- Do blog tours really work? Author Janice Hardy crunches the numbers. Meanwhile, Myra McEntire, Lisa Desrochers and Shannon Delany share their marketing secrets at Adventures in Children's Publishing.
- Author Phil Bildner was disinvited from a school visit because his piercings were deemed unacceptable.
- Amazon and Macmillan will pay for books that were never sold. But agent Kristin Nelson is alarmed by a new clause in the boilerplate Macmillan contracts.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- One Pretty Thing, one of my very favorite DIY sites, has a "Blogging Tip Roundup" with tips on creating headers, templates, blog buttons and more.
- WriteOnCon needs a web designer!
- Completely unrelated, but Craft Hope hosts a project every month that helps worldwide charities. This month is Konbit Sante, an organization that works to improve health conditions in Haiti, where only 1 in 10,000 people has reliable access to a doctor. No craft skills needed- just gather up a few items and make a big difference. (Note: Their site appears to be down Thursday evening - hopefully it will be back up by the time this posts!)
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- The deadline for SCWBI's writing grants is coming up! Applications are due March 15.
- Handy in Photoshop? Have a writing mantra you'd like to wear? MG Buehrlen is having a t-shirt design contest-- submit your design and you could win a shirt, mug, or other prize!
- Author Victoria Schwab has ARCs of her book, The Near Witch, plus swag and more!
- Author Abby Stevens is giving away a box of gently-loved books and hosting a blogfest!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
If this doesn't keep you up at night, I don't know what will: You may have seen "Do The Creep" on SNL last weekend, but no one does the creep like Edward Cullen.
(via Emilia's Tumblr)
Also, I wasted several hours this week on Failbook.
Have a great weekend!
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