Field Trip Friday: April 29, 2011



THIS WEEK IN WRITING

Photobucket - Adorable illustrations from Kiersten White showing how it feels to be a writer.

- I can't even really sum this up, except to say that Libba Bray is a genius.

- Author Nova Ren Suma has a lovely post on being exposed.

- "Celebrating short bursts of creepy creativity," Flash Paranormal Fiction is looking for your short paranormal stories. Check out the first feature, written by YA Highway's own Kristin Otts! 

- It's okay if your gay character has a lisp, says author Robin Talley. 

- Any academic YA fans out there? Check out this call for essays about The Hunger Games.

- Over at The Contemps, author Sarah Ockler warns you to watch out for dream squishers.


If you can't muster the will to lay off Gawker, how are you going to write a book? I can't blame modern technology for my predilection for distraction, not after all the hours I've spent watching lost balloons disappear into the clouds. I did it before the Internet, and I'll do it after the apocalypse, assuming we still have helium and weak-gripped children.
- Agent Victoria Marini has some resources to help combat those distractions.


THIS WEEK IN READING


- Headed to BEA? Check out Publishers Weekly's list of hot titles to look for.

- GalleyCat lists the top 20 Facebook apps for book lovers.

- Want to promote a book you love but can't afford to buy 100 copies of it? Ashley Perez has great suggestions.




THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING

- Nathan Bransford warns against signing with a spaghetti agent.

- Agent Mary Kole recommends you avoid the obvious in your query.

- All about agency agreements, from agent Jennifer Laughran.

- Agent Vickie Motter explains how to format your MS.

- Mysterious Matters tells you why you got rejected.

- Author Lisa Schroeder has tips for surviving pre-release angst, but they're really great tips for surviving lots of stages of the writing process. 

- What are realistic expectations for a debut MG novelist? Shrinking Violets has the answer.


- Heading to BEA? Pimp My Novel has some pointers


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF


- A Pennsylvania teacher's pen name is revealed; parents act like writing romance novels on the side is somehow detrimental to their children.


- "My editor, my wife": Author Will Allison keeps his wife's critiques like love letters


THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS

- Help Angelica R. Jackson celebrate her blogiversary!

- Check out the newest collaborative teen author blog, Noveltee(n), and enter to win a copy of Incarceron. Welcome to the blogosphere, guys!


THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM




Happy Friday!




8 comments:

  1. There are no words for that BSC cover link. Oh yes there are: "Shit just got real."

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  2. Thanks so much! I feel kinda bad asking, but we each have our own contest. It's not just Incarceron, it's also signed copies of Dead-Tossed Waves and Fade to Black, and critiques. Could you add those?

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  3. Thank you for the links!! Perfect way to spend my Friday morning. =)

    Erin @ Quitting My Day Job

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  4. Thanks. Am now following Jennifer Crusie. It hurt my heart when the last typewriter factory closed. How do you find time to read all of these blogs and still write and/or have a life?

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  5. I think I just posted a comment about this on a site this post sent me to. Time for coffee

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  6. Wow, today has some awesome links!! Those videos were AWESOME. :D I love Fridays.

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  7. Thanks for linking to my post on LGBTQ YA! And for that BSC link, which has officially caused me to laugh so loud my cat is looking at me with alarm...

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