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Field Trip Friday: May 6, 2011



THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK

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THIS WEEK IN WRITING

Photobucket - Agent Jennifer Laughran explains WTF is up with cussing in YA.

- "How I Edit," from agent-turned-writer Nathan Bransford.

- Author Ingrid Sundberg has a summary of submission tips from Bloomsbury editor Margaret Miller.

- You need career insurance-- author Roni Loren tells how to sell your next book before it's even written.

- The Intern has (helpful) thoughts on plots.

- Author Malinda Lo has a great post on writing race in speculative fiction

- Friend-o-the-blog Amy Lukavics shares a brave post about the LGBTQ experience and asks writers to "Write your characters, tell your story, be yourself."


THIS WEEK IN READING


- Guys Lit Wire is doing their annual Book Fair. This year they've adopted a high school in Washington D.C., and made it easier than ever for you to donate a book. Check out the list of requests-- a lot of you are on it!

- Two interesting articles about gender bias: in picture books and in literature.



THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING

Photobucket - Agent Mary Kole with "the one right way" to write a query. She also explains why .doc is not .docx.


- Agent Kristin Nelson on the art of the blurb request.

- How much do writers really make? Agent Mandy Hubbard crunches the numbers.

- Facebook versus Twitter: Who wins for author publicity? Agent Jessica Faust at BookEnds has the answer.

- WriteOnCon has "The Trifecta of Awesome" coming up: A live event with editor Molly O'Neill and agents Michelle Andelman and Joanna Stampfel-Volpe.


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF

- The codename for the operation against Osama Bin Laden was Geronimo. Debbie Reese explains why that is unacceptable, at best.

- A Minnesota politician "hates" Neil Gaiman, that "pencil-necked weasel"... but then apologizes when his mother tells him to.

- The Rejectionist and Meg Clark want you for the Rayanne Project.




THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS

- Victoria Schwab is giving away all kinds of loot.

- Visit Abby Stevens for a chance at an ARC of Possession by Elana Johnson!


THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM


Photobucket - Don't know what to get Mom for Mother's Day? How about literary action figures?

- Trying to channel your high school self? Check out these 22 awesomely awkward senior portraits. (via @moonrat)




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Have a great weekend!


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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8 comments:

  1. I am in LOVE with that Lord of the Rings/Mean Girls picture (jeez, that's not a sentence one hears often...). Thank you for brightening my night considerably!

    Happy Friday!

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  2. That's honestly the first I've heard of "Geronimo" - and wow. Totally inappropriate, and excellent post.

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  3. By that, I of course mean the codename for the operation, not Geronimo himself (lol).

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  4. Oh dude. It's like you are psychic. Not twenty four hours ago, I was looking at my Gandalf the White action figure and thinking "Do I really need this?"

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  5. THAT MEAN GIRLS/LOTR THING- I can't stop laughing at it!! LOL

    Thank you for the mention, ya'll. :)

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  6. That LOTR pic is hee-lar :)

    Another week of great linksies.

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  7. Ooo, one of the bad resumes mentions my country. Although you don't put 'the' in front of Barbados. I think he's mixed it up with the Bahamas. lol

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  8. Those senior portrait things about killed me. (That last one. LOL.)

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Item Reviewed: Field Trip Friday: May 6, 2011 Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kate Hart