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Field Trip Friday: August 5, 2011


ladder to success - Great post from author C. J. Redwine about how success looks from the outside and from within, and how statements like "don't forget the little people" demean both people in the conversation.

- Productivity is overrated, says Martyn Chamberlin. Better to give your audience one worthwhile than than lots of worthless things.

- People bolt upright far more in fiction than real life, reveals the NYT.

- Salon makes the case for raunchy teen lit. (via Vicki Lame)

- Author Laurie Halse Anderson hosts the "Write Fifteen Minutes a Day Challenge."

- More great inspiration here: S. J. Kincaid's amazing story of perseverance and success.

- How to tell if you're doing your life's work, from Julien Smith. (via @KatieAlender)

- Author Jacqueline Woodson talks writing children's books while black, queer, and feminist.

- Writerly worries are nothing new. Check out "Maud's Hopes for Anne's Dreams."(via Molly O'Neill)

- "Don't block the flow," says author Kim Harrington, and no, she assures us, it's not a feminine hygiene ad.


- How Warner Brothers ruined Hermione, from The Guardian.

- Author Lev Grossman wants a little respect for wizards and orcs.

- From The Mixed-Up Files looks at disability in middle grade literature.

- I really like this post from Zoë Marriott: "You Can Stuff Your Mary Sue Where The Sun Don't Shine."

- Lots of articles about YA this week: Laura Goode at The Faster Times says, "Your mom reads more YA than you," the Rumpus points out that kids are reading more than you; D. B. Grady at The Atlantic looks at how YA came of age; and the Purple Crayon blog corrects those numbers.

- How literacy empowerment is changing lives in Kenya.

- "She's Not a Strong Reader" at PW explains that not liking a book is not the same as being a poor reader.

- Author Jessica Verday finds a home for the story she pulled from the Wicked Pretty Things anthology. (via Cleolinda Jones)


- You're not as sneaky as you think you are, warns agent Mandy Hubbard.

- Agent Kate McKean lists ten things agents and editors never want to see.

- Author Saundra Mitchell uses old Hollywood to explain why agent self-publishers have a conflict of interest, and agent Jill Corcoran thinks that time will tell. Meanwhile, author Sarah A. Hoyt explains her decision to leave an agency with a new "self-publishing initiative" and details some of the fallout.

- Saying goodbye to Borders: The Chicago Tribune reports on an online wake for the company, and Paul Constant relates his time at "the world's dumbest bookstore chain."

- Scholastic cuts back on corporate-sponsored projects.

- Why publishing should pay attention to the Netflix model.

- Agent Jennifer Laughran has a post about breaking into publishing as a southerner, with a comments section full of "how I did it" stories from people in the business.

- Reader Matthew Reeves submitted this post about Japanese YA.

- Jane Friedman is offering free downloads of her "Draft Your Platform Action Plan."

- Why don't publishers advertise books the way Amazon does Kindles? (via @michelewells)


- Looks like a new Friday Night Lights movie is in the works.

- The YA Rebels are looking for new vloggers! Watch the video to find out how to audition.

- An interesting development in LGBTQ rights: This week, the Suquamish Tribal Council became one of the few Indian tribes to extend marriage right to same sex couples.

- Why the new mixed race Spiderman is important.

- Author Jessica Love has details about how can help rebuild libraries destroyed by tornadoes in Georgia.


- Lauren Elizabeth Morrill is giving away a copy of Sara Zarr's How to Save a Life!

- Claire Dawn is giving away a copy of Cracked Up To Be!

- K. Marie Criddle has some cool stuff to give you before she moves to Japan!

- Win a full request from agent John Cusick at YAtopia!



One of my BFFs sent me this link-- knowing me, he attached the Wayne and Garth example, but check out how awesome these are:
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Paper Cuts by Olly Moss

SCBWI Annual is happening right now in LA, and I'm not there. And I'm not bitter. Really. Also I'm lying. But our friend Cory Jackson has some tips on roommate etiquette:

and Arthur A Levine, Paula Yoo and Lee Wind suggest you not piss off an editor

Have a great weekend, and if you are at SCBWI, please fangirl Laurie Halse Anderson or John Green or Libba Bray for me.
~ Kate Hart
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. You've done it again, Kate =) Especially liked Zoe's "Mary Sue" post.

  2. Thanks for linking to the Mary Sue post, another good blog to follow!

    I loved the room mate etiquette vlog, and I'm not even going to a conference :)

  3. OMG! I'm linked! I'M LINKED!


  4. Thank you so much for linking to mine...and the GLUT of fabulous links you come up with every week. You guys ROCK!

  5. Hey, thanks for the link! I love these posts. :)

  6. *blinks several times* Am I... Am I really up there? Wow...

    *stands in awe*

    Lots of thanks to the great bloggers at YA Highway. You're still my favorite writing blog, and that's probably not going to be changing any time soon.

    I hope you all enjoy the future articles as much as the first. It is my hope that Japanese YA will grow into a much larger discussion that I hope others will choose to join in.

  7. Thank you SO MUCH for linking to my post about Ringgold Reads! :-D

    *hugs you*

  8. Thank you so much for linking to the Ringgold Reads post! RHS and RMS and those of us who live in Ringgold appreciate it!

  9. Thanks for the link love, Kate!I love these roundup posts.

    And thanks, Sarah, for liking the vlog! :D

  10. Thanks for linking to jessica verday's short story. I'm the one she's helping with the scholarship and it really meant a lot. Everyone should buy the story...but please apply for the scholarship too if you can...or spread the word. :)



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