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Field Trip Friday: June 3, 2011


- Don't bully your muse, says author Anne R. Allen-- writer's block might protect you against depression.

- Author Janice Hardy show you how to work backward to flesh out your plot.

- I came across this helpful 2008 post at Routines for Writers: "Over 30 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy So You Can Write."

- The Rejectionist has a post on self-soothing strategies and it is stellar. I plan to use the "Everyone is Beautiful" technique asap; HUGE BONUS COOL POINTS to EVERYONE who yells "I am a fox!" and tells us how it went in the comments. I suspect mine will involve a Wayne's World reference. You're welcome.


- After Esquire only managed to include one woman on their list of novels every man should read, Joyland Magazine put together a list of 250 books written by women to add to the list. Meanwhile author V. S. Naipaul claimed that women writers are "sentimental" and unequal to him. The Guardian puts his claim to the test. (I got 5/10.)

- One in three London children do not have a single book at their home.


- File under "Dear God, why?" : Glenn Beck gets his own imprint at Simon&Schuster.

- "Response, No Response, Autoresponse" -- Agent Jennifer Laughran sheds light on the response policies of her agency and others. She also talks about "agency teams" and wants to know what you think!

- "Going to acquisitions" means "OMG my book is as good as sold," right? Not so much. Natalie Whipple on what to expect when you're on submission.

- GalleyCat has a list of tools to promote your author blog.

- The Gatekeeper's intern has another awesome comic about life in publishing.


- BIG casting news this week from The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments. My girl Sarah Enni covered both; meanwhile, Lionsgate reveals THG might be a 4 movie series.

- How to respond to online haters, from the duo at Stuff Hipsters Hate. 

- A Florida teen is the first transgendered person to be named prom royalty at a US public school!


- The fabulous Fug Girls are giving away Sweet Valley Confidential and ARCS of Under a Starlet Sky -- be sure to tell them congrats on the release of their debut YA novel, Spoiled, out this week!

- The lovely Cindy Pon is giving away two of my most highly anticipated ARCs of the year: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laina Taylor. I want them so badly I can't believe I'm even telling you about this giveaway. In fact um.... *magician hands* Move along. Nothing to see here.

- Corrie Wachob has an ARC of The Future of Us, a collaboration by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler!

- Win a Kindle for your kid! Grand prize comes loaded with 21 YA and MG novels.

- Vote for your favorite books in Most Important Letter's Book Battle!


World's greatest inspirational speech. Thumbs up for rock and roll!

Have a great weekend!
~ Kate
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. I scored a 7/10 on that Guardian test. And I've been wanting to day this for long, and the time seems just right now: Naipaul's an asshole. (And no, I don't care who's offended)

  2. I took the test and I was beyond a doubt sure one of the passages was written by a turned out to be Nicholas Sparks...hah

    The kid in the video is EPIC. Thirty years from now, we will see those thumbs-up in Presidential ads.

  3. frawesome roundup, as usual! thanks for the shoutout, and for pointing me to the list of 250 books by ladyauthors... Basically going to start working my way through that one!

  4. THUMBS UP FOR ROCK 'N' ROLLLLLLLLLL!!! i think i'm gonna have that video playing on a loop all weekend.

  5. LOVE that kid!!!

    Buying a literary agent...oh, PA.

  6. I - have - so - many - comments - to - make - about - today's - FTF - topics - but - instead - I'll - just - say - I - went - through - a - phase - at - age - 4 - or - so - where - I - put - dashes - between - every - word - just - like - Denise.

  7. I think this is my favorite FTF ever. Great links!

  8. Love the tee-shirt! Thanks for giving my muse-bullying post a shout-out. I only got a 5/10 on the test. Was sure the Naipaul quote was girly. :-)

  9. Writers Block protects you AGAINST depression? Kinda the opposite I think.

  10. Oh PublishAmerica. Whatever will we do with you?

  11. All that happened when I said, "I AM A FOX, MMM HMM" was that it startled my cat awake. He then glared at me.

    I would try again later when my husband gets home, but he is immune to my outbursts by now.

  12. It's like there's a better than though writer every week. I got a 7 out of 10 on the Guardian test.

    That little kid is the bestest. Thumbs up for rock and roll.


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