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Field Trip Friday: June 10, 2011



THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
The Wall Street Journal kerfluffle was such a big deal that we did a separate round up of links just in response to the controversy.


THIS WEEK IN WRITING

- Bored people are boring and they bore your reader, warns agent Jennifer Laughran.




- My girl Myra McEntire (whose debut has been seen on bookstore shelves this week!!) has some great tips on brainstorming.

- Six signs it's time to give up writing, from the delightfully foul-mouthed Chuck Wendig.


THIS WEEK IN READING

- Liz B. looks at the difference between book bloggers and critics. Meanwhile, author Scott Tracey wades into the book blogger/author divide, with Goodreads at the center.  


- This Recording looks at "the unpleasantness of Roald Dahl." Interesting discussion about the post over at Metafilter.




THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING

- Publishing is a marathon, not a sprint, says author Caroline Tung Richmond.

- Author Roni Loren reports on the blogging advice of author Kristen Lamb. Obviously, we disagree with her advice about group blogs. ;)

- An extremely honest post from our own Kirsten Hubbard on debuting as a midlist author.

- Agent Mary Kole says, please, don't serial query.

- PW has an interesting look at where the various imprints sit on Twitter.

- Author CA Marshall has a helpful "how to write a query" chart.

- "Speculative" is the new black vampire mermaid dystopian big thing, according to agent Kristin Nelson (and a bunch of editors).

- Author Jody Hedlund tells you how to build an online platform that lasts.

- Are agents ever sorry they've signed a client? Jessica Faust has the answer.

- Authors Jamie Wyman, Candace Ganger,  and our own Kaitlin Ward talk about that thing no one wants to talk about: when your agent leaves the business... and leaves you in the lurch.


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF

- Do you fear success? Take the quiz at CNN. (via @novaren)

- The journal Pediatrics found that a gay-friendly community is better for straight kids, too. (That sound you hear is the sound of a hundred million *head desks.*)



THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS

- Get an ARC of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer from Taryn Albright!

- Win a copy of Stupid Fast from YA Love!

- Imogen Rose is giving away a signed ARC of Momentum.

- Lindsay Smith has three great prize packs!


- Check this out: A bunch of our favorite girls got together for a "Weekend of Awesome," and today, they're all hosting giveaways -- go visit Pam & Quita, Alicia, Erinn, and Katherine!

Do you have a contest or giveaway you'd like linked on YA Highway? You can always tweet or email us the link! And I apologize for the number of exclamation points in this section.


THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM

pirate dad waves at bus


This guy dressed up every single day of the school year and waved as his son's bus went by. I have officially filed this idea away for my children's future.






The generation gap in infographic form:
generation gap infographic

Photobucket It's the headboard-breaking heard round the world: The Breaking Dawn trailer premiered Sunday night. Eclipse won pretty much every MTV Movie Award; RPattz celebrated by dropping an unexpected f-bomb and kissing... not KStew.

Here. Use this to clear that last bit from your mind: A Harry Potter retrospective/preview. (It makes me do like this: !!!!!!!!!!)


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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4 comments:

  1. Oh my God that guy with the costumes. That is the best thing ever.

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  2. I'm a bit late with the thanks, but THANK YOU for including my query flow chart! <3

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  3. I loved Wave At the Bus. I want to give my characters crazy parents like that. :)

    The Generations flowchart was funny (and so true!). And I can't believe how tiny the Harry Potter cast was. Cute Babies!

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