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Field Trip Friday: May 20, 2011


NO - Author Elizabeth Craig on the power of saying no

- 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.


- 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.


- 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%."

- 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.


- 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.


- 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!

- 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.


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!

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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  1. Thanks for the links! Love spending my Friday mornings on your field trips. =)

  2. I have SO MANY TABS open right now! Time to explore. Thanks for putting this together every week!

  3. Thanks so much for including us -- and thanks for point out some of these fantastic posts. I love your round-ups because you catch great stuff I miss during the week!

    Have a great weekend,


  4. Thanks for the link to my guest post! :) What a great roundup. I'm really enjoying the rest.

  5. I appreciate your field trip links - so helpful! It was especially useful to find that word counter site from Laughran as I was preparing a marketing report for my agent to go with my WIP. My agent's advice on YA was that there wasn't a limit although to stay within reason. Laughran's tip about checking similar books was a good one. I've been seeing many more upper YA novels in the mid and high 300's page range. I'd agree that 100K words for realistic YA would be too much, but you don't need to be down at 60-70K range anymore, especially for upper YA. My 13 year old daughter prefers longer books because the 200 page ones are over too quickly.


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