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Field Trip Friday: March 18, 2011



THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK

Japan, obviously. Authors for Japan is running an auction to benefit relief efforts, and Heidi King is donating 20% of any new purchase of Sea to Doctors Without Borders. Writers For the Red Cross has a ton of auctions up, and Melville House is donating all of their profits this week to disaster relief. The Matador Network has a lovely post about resolve in the Japanese language, with a little lesson in perseverance for all of us.



THIS WEEK IN WRITING

- The math that makes up poetry's base, at Scholastic by friend-of-the-blog Alicia Gregoire!

- Author Chuck Wendig suggests you ignore his previous advice. Being a writer is awesome. Really.

- Clear and simple writing advice from The Editor's Blog.

- Agent Jessica Faust at BookEnds discusses using people from real life in your book (much like we did on RTW this week!)

- How to use white space, from Write It Sideways.

- Beyond the Margins on changing your thinking about the end of your book:
"What if instead of calling endings 'endings,' for just a while we called them 'givings?'  (I hesitate to write this because it sounds both sappy and a bit loopy, a little cringe-worthy, but bear with me here.)  After all, the point at which the words on the page stop and the blank page takes over, is the point at which an author gives the story to the reader.  Here, I am finished.  It belongs to you now. Do with it what you will."

THIS WEEK IN READING

- It's official! We have a Katniss! And Suzanne Collins is on board with the choice!

- Authors Phoebe North and Sean Wills face off about YA covers at the Interrobangs.

- Author Nicole Krauss on the end of bookstores (via @michellelit).



THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING

- "I can write the book equivalent of Pootie Tang and still do good work later." This quote cemented my love for author Sara Zarr, but it's just a small part of her smart post "Finding mentors in unexpected places."




- Bologna Book Fair is coming up-- now's a good time to start following publishing people who'll be attending!

- Publishing Perspectives looks at the controversy around Tweets From Tahir, a book of tweets, and who "owns" that material.


THIS WEEK IN MARKETING



- 15 blogging tips from Make a Living Writing, and 3 ways bloggers can attract Twitter traffic, from author Jody Hedlund.

- Is it okay to chat with agents on Twitter? Writer Alexis Grant says of course! Just don't be creepy.


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF

- Check out this mind-blowing history of science fiction infographic.

- "Those who have put wealth and power above life are living in the world of death." Career advice from George Monbiot (via Michelle Schusterman).


THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS

- Tomorrow is the last day to enter our Like Mandarin Debut Day Giveaway!

- Check out The Next Big Author, a competition in association with several large, reputable publishers.

- The Guardian is giving away a stack of books as tall as the kid who wins!

- A Good Addiction has a signed copy of Chasing Alliecat for you!

- Carolina Valdez Miller recently signed with an agent, and she's throwing a big celebration with tons of prizes, including a Kindle!

- Heather Anastasiu is giving away four books, including our girl Kody's book The Duff

- Canadians: Want a copy of The Vespertine? @IndigoTeenBlog has two-- just retweet "#SeenAtSunset & Enter to win 1 of 2 copies of The Vespertine." Contest ends 3/18 noon EST, and is only open in Canada.

- YAtopia is hosting a pitch contest with agent Ammi-Joan Paquette-- who does not take queries, so this is a great opportunity!

- Freelance editor Cassandra Marshall is offering a free substantial edit!

- The Roecker sisters are hosting a Fug Madness bracket competition-- go fill yours out and talk some fashion trash!

THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM

I KNOW.




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. When Harry said "Because I have something to live for" I got SO CHOKED UP! OMG.

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  2. HARRY POTTER YAY. I was afraid your random would include that horrible horrible Friday song.

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  3. Yay Field Trip Friday! Thank you as always for the hard work compiling and sharing those links.

    I cannot wait for July 15! YAY!

    Erin @ Quitting My Day Job

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  4. OMG OMG OMG HARRY POTTER *fan girl squee*

    Also, I like the thing about endings being "givings." Very cool advice.

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  5. That preview? Goosebumps.

    Also, thanks for the shout out. :)

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  6. OMG, HARRY...I can't wait. So crazy excited!

    Super links! Thanks so much for the mention! :D

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