Kate Hart is out in the woods this week strangling bears and kicking Chuck Norris's ass, so I'm filling her thigh-high combat boots for this field trip.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Natalie Fischer offers suggestions on revisions, and more importantly, re-envisions.
Why the Intern's grandma isn't her critique partner.
Cheryl Klein muses on thematic and emotional points in novels.
Writer's Relief provides some sound advice on turning those pesky acceptances into the rejections we all long for.
THIS WEEK IN READING
Food Network star Sandra Lee scored a 5 book deal with Hyperion. If it's an MG fantasy about a land called Tablescapes, I quit.
USAToday examines "The Oprah Effect" on the publishing world (and Oprah disses Dickens, just a little bit). In the meantime, Penguin is offering 20% off all of her book club books until June 15th.
"As more buying moves online, will impulse buying die?" Publisher's Weekly ponders this thought.
Mary DeMuth wonders what a truly interactive ebook would look like.
YALSA has a few tips for authors interested in summer reading school visits.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
On Sunday, Publisher's Weekly confirmed rumors that agent Larry Kirshbaum is leaving agenting and taking on the role of VP and publisher for Amazon Publishing's New York office.
As more writers turn to self-publishing, Rachelle Gardner wonders who will serve the reader.
Janet Reid has a tip or two on how to find out if your agent is an idiot.
Cinna. Lenny Kravitz. One can only hope the soundtrack will include "Panemian Woman."
This artist created his own interesting book covers for a few well-known titles.
@NathanBransford explains how NOT to work the wonder of the Twitter Reply.
The New York Times confirms what I've known all along: Coffee is good for you.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
Regal Lit is having a YA Summer Giveaway! Enter for your chance to win Kirsten Hubbard's LIKE MANDARIN, Elana Johnson's POSSESSION and Matt Blackstone's A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE.
Win a partial manuscript critique by publisher Elizabeth Law (and check out her great interview) at Cynsations.
Harper's giving away 5 signed ARCs of BREADCRUMBS, a middle grade novel inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," on Goodreads.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
And speaking of bad ass:
But Hulk and Chuck got nothin' on Darth. Especially Darth salsaing.