Field Trip Friday: May 20, 2011
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Author Elizabeth Craig on the power of saying no.
- The Rejectionist on letting go of things that define you-- including the negatives.
- "Why it's good for authors to love then hate their books," by author Jody Hedlund.
- Agent Jennifer Laughran has a comprehensive guide to word counts for children's book.
- Author Alina Klein guest blogs about the physiology of foreshadowing.
- Using Word to auto-outline and track revelations, from Adventures in Children's Publishing.
- "Battling the Stigma of the Ya Writer," from author Lydia Sharp.
- "Are there any sentences in your manuscript that a reader would want to scrawl on her bedroom wall or get tattooed across her back?" The Intern on how to tell if your manuscript has universal themes.
- Author Theodora Goss on finding the joy.
- Author Carrie Jones on how to find your voice.
- Agent Victoria Marini has help for making an unlikeable character sympathetic-- or at least interesting.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Agent John Rudolph of DGLM wonders if readers have developed YA fatigue.
- Boys don't read...except when they do, by Charles London at the HuffPo.
- Author Sarah Oeckler takes the NYT to task for missing the point about YA.
- The pre-release success of Go the F*ck to Sleep convinces some that piracy is great.
- "The effing librarian" responds to Seth Godin's suggestion that libraries become entirely digital.
- What you remember as YA actually isn't. Agent Sarah LaPolla looks at the real YA trailblazers.
- The Guardians lists the ten scariest books for teens.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Author Beth Revis suggests you chill out about your social media presence.
- After 37 publisher meetings, agent Mandy Hubbard gives a rundown of YA and MG trends.
- Author Claire Dawn on how to find your "Agent Charming."
- Agent Rachelle Gardner did a great series on "Difficult Conversations," including "This book isn't going to work," "Nobody's buying it," "Don't take this personally, but it's personal," and "Your book is great... except for the last 75%."
- Amazon claims Kindle sales have outstripped all its print book sales.
- Liberty Media offers to buy Barnes and Noble.
- Author Daniel Menaker shares eight real editor rejections, highlighting the subjectivity of publishing.
- Laura Miller at Salon asks if MFA programs are ruining American fiction.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Gayle Forman on making teachers the scapegoats. Meanwhile, the Department of Education removes federal funding for school libraries. Surely these things couldn't be related...
- A lawsuit against Mugglenet founder Emerson Spartz illuminates the murky waters of Twitter copyright.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- Bridge the Gap is putting together a Living Beyond Tolerance scholarship for LGBTQ individuals or allies, and needs your help.
- Win four fairytale retellings from Marissa Meyer!
- Books4Hearts is giving away a copy of We'll Always Have Summer!
- Get a free e-book voucher from Sarah Billington!
- Vampire Book Club has four YA novels up for grabs!
- Win a 30 page critique from agent Joanna Volpe and help Crits for Water.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Bored at the airport? Make a human bicycle.
"14 Beautiful Bookstores" from Trazzler (via Kristin Halbrook).
Check out this amazing periodic table of storytelling (click to expand):
You think vampires are trendy? Whatever-- they're actually totally retro, judging by this 1800s vampire hunting kit (via Michelle Schusterman). That kit might come in handy as a compliment to the US government's new plan to deal with zombie invasion. Of course, this weekend's rapture will probably prove both those protections unnecessary. But don't worry, at least your pets will be okay.
Anyone have any fun plans for the weekend, rapture-related or otherwise? Share them in the comments!
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