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Field Trip Friday: July 1, 2011

The very lovely Kate is enjoying some family time this weekend, and I'm thrilled to be able to fill her very sparkly shoes today. :)


- "Point taken" is the last thing I'd say if an author threatened to kidnap my kids. Don't try this at home, friends.

- And furthermore, you are not your book. It does not determine your personal worth. An inspirational author's prayer from author Lev Grossman.

- Influence: it's a wishy-washy term, says author Robin Wasserman. The reader, not the writer, is the one with the real power.

- Gayle Forman sets the record straight with this YA wiki, detailing the history of YA, what Y and A actually stand for and why we all owe EVERYTHING to a totally hot 17th Century Swedish Philosopher.

- Twitter was all abuzz when the University of Oxford released their most recent stance on the Oxford comma. Obviously, you either love the little lowball hook of punctuation or you hate it. During the ensuing drama, Galleycat notes the comma isn't actually dead, folks.

- John Scalzi asks authors which is better: AOL, or your own domain? Friendster, or your own domain? MySpace, or your own domain?

- Harper Collins has relaunched InkPop, their community of teen readers and writers. Share, critique, enter contests and more at the site.

- Oh, Cracked. How we love you and your articles about what it takes to become an author. Hint: There are steps. And they aren't easy.


- The Wall Street Journal's Children's book reviewer defends her criticism of YA literature with a bit of "because I said so." Librarian and blogger Bookshelves of Doom, and writer Ashley Perez aren't going to let her off that easily, while author Sara Zarr takes a look at the discourse from a position of hope. And yup, I used an Oxford comma there.

- Actor Jeff Bridges reacquires film rights for one of the greatest dystopians ever. NY Mag wants to know which other classic YA novels should be adapted for film.

- Stacked Books presented on YA Contemporary Lit at the ALA conference. You can watch it, even if you didn't make it to New Orleans. Unlike Kate, Kirsten, Sarah and Vee. So jealous.

- Not a single YA character made Flavorwire's list of inappropriate literary crushes? Blasphemy!

- Why men write YA was (supposed) to be on the table in this week's yalitchat, but the conversation turned to talking about "boy books." Bookish Blather takes issue with some of the discussion, including the way the genders are arbitrarily separated when it comes to MG and YA novels, as well as the continued school of thought that boy = standard and girl = deviation.

- Danny Elfman and T Bone Burnett to collaborate on the Hunger Games movie soundtrack. Should be awesome!


- The discussion over whether agents should handle their clients' self-publishing endeavors continued this week with a post by Dystel & Goderich, addressing some concerns and questions regarding the venture. The Writer Beware blog responds with further concerns about potential conflicts.

- Publishing dreams: They're all about the whoopie pies.

- Agent Ginger Clark breaks down world rights and why different covers for different markets is a good idea.

- "Fast seller" is more accurate than "best seller," says Bookforum's Ruth Franklin.

- Hachette's online book tool for disabled readers caters to those with difficulty moving a mouse, typing or reading a web page.

- Agent Rachelle Gardner discusses how the curious can('t) find out what advances authors get.

- Agent Neil Blair has started his own agency and is taking Most Important Children's Client in the World, JK Rowling, with him.

- The Amazon-published author tour and the indie bookstore, courtesy of the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, who does not do events for Amazon-pubbed authors.


- It's pictures of birds with arms. And that is all.

- Stacked Books' recap of ALA, including a rundown of the blogger meetup co-hosted by YA Highway's Kate, Kirsten and Sarah.

- Galleycat, on what you should know about Google+ and what it can do and mean for authors.

- The University of Twente, in The Netherlands, has developed a typeface for dyslexics. Very cool.


- Stacked Books is giving away a copy of The Cinderella Society. The contest runs until July 12th. A Small Town Sinners giveaway should be up today, too.

- Operation Awesome is running a Mystery Agent contest. Submit your YA or MG by July 1st.

- Diversity in YA is challenging libraries and readers/book bloggers to diversify their summer reading. Write an essay about your experience to win a stack of YA and MG books.

- Let the teens do the judging. Pitch your book to win one of three editing prizes from editor and agent intern Cassandra Marshall.


Katniss and Co. set to summathat:

Inspiring, but also, THE LOOK ON THE CAT'S FACE.

And finally, last weekend New York legalized same-sex marriage. Most of us YAHers aren't in NY, but we cheered and teared up, too. Here's a rundown of the arguments:

Have a super Friday!
- Kristin
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  1. so glad i didn't go with my original query idea of sending you a fake ransom note. :)

  2. Thanks for all of the love this week, ladies!

  3. An awesome roundup - and thanks so much for linking to my post! A very exciting start to my weekend :-)

  4. Great YA highway post, as always. Your weekly summaries are incredibly useful, informative and interesting :)
    Will Gurdon ever really see why the YA community responded so explosively to her article, and realise that YA is so much more diverse than the narrow well of "darkness" she portrays it to be, so stereotypically in her article, and stop claiming that the "trend" in YA is for books with increasingly darker content? As a teenager myself, I can testify to the contrary; it's a genre that is expanding in all directions, exploring and experiementing in order to offer a wider choice now than ever. Personally, I think that the diversity in YA literature is one of its strongest and best features, and I wish Gurdon would acknowledge this, rather than categorically deny that YA is anything other than "ever-more-appalling offerings for adolescent readers".

  5. Thanks for doing such an awesome job, Kris! <3

  6. The Amazon article was really interesting. I don't think that much about it. We don't have any big chains in Barbados. And in Japan, only big chains have English books. So in both cases, the decision is made for me.

    Amazon really works for me, because Kindle makes stuff available instantly in another hemisphere with no shipping fees. But if I'm ever in a country with chains and indies, I'll be going Indie.


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