THIS WEEK IN IMPORTANT STUFF
Read For Relief, an auction to benefit victims of Hurricane Irene, will open Monday, organized by our friends Erin Bowman, Tracy Neithercott, Caroline Richmond, and YA Highway contributor Sarah Enni. A special YA Highway critique package will be up for bids soon!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- What if Jim C. Hines had been Jane C. Hines? How sexism can affect a publishing career.
- Why Malinda Lo wanted to avoid exoticism in her book and its packaging.
- Top ten reasons editors don't love what your critique group does, from Edittorrent.
- "Dudes, if you don’t even want to be around you, why would your imaginary friends?" Author Jaye Wells has some great advice for getting past writer's block.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Little Free Library: Sponsor one, donate to one, or build one yourself!
- From scroll to screen: Lev Grossman says the advent of the e-reader is comparable to the first century move from scroll to codex (aka books as we know them).
- Having an existential crisis? Flavorwire has book suggestions-- you know, the usuals: Kafka, Camus, ... The Velveteen Rabbit...
- The Enchanted Inkpot previews fall 2011's YA fantasy covers.
- Our girl Hayley Vornholt recaps the Decatur Book Festival.
- Jess Nevins gives a historical look at fandom.
- "It is a truth universally acknowledged..." that Jane Austen's line has been used and abused ad nauseum. (via @moonrat)
- The Washington Post reports on adult novels "aiming to steal some magic from kid-lit fantasies." (via @AliceTasman)
- USA Today has the ten coolest book apps for fall (via @michelewells).
- Rain Taxi looks at Orson Scott Card's homophobic re-imagining of Hamlet.
- Want to support indie presses and self-published authors, but don't know where to start? YA Curator is here to help.
- Author Charles London on "There Are No Boy Books":
While categorizing books by gender does seem to make steering kids to books easier, this is not something that should be easy. Matching mood, ability and expectation with a creative work that might also inspire, entertain, educate or enlighten a budding reader demands a broad knowledge of the material that's out there, a sensitive ear to the wants and needs of the child, and an understanding of the values of parents or the community.
There are professionals who do this. I trust them.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Think you need a secret identity? Agent Rachelle Gardner is rethinking pseudonyms. She also encourages authors to let their agents be the bad guys.
- "Do you have cojones? Yes you do!" says agent Sarah Davies.
- An argument against agent-publishers, from agent Jason Ashlock.
- Nathan Bransford tackles two big topics this week: self-publishing isn't just for genre fiction anymore, and publishers are squandering their cachet on imprints.
- Accidentally send a query too soon? How to undo "send" in Gmail.
- Jane Friedman asks, "Has rejection turned you into someone you're not?"
THIS WEEK IN MARKETING
- Author Kathleen Peacock on claiming your name.
- GalleyCat presents a cool idea: How publishers and authors can use SoundCloud to present audio clips of books.
- Author Cory Doctorow asks why anyone should care about your book.
- Goodreads stats show which media outlets really sell books.
- Chris Brogan unfollowed 131,000 people on Twitter and got a surprising response.
- The magic of hashtags: How the new #YAWednesday is already selling books and spreading the love.
- Publicity, schlubmicity: Author Elana Johnson on self-promotion.
- Author Roni Loren on building an audience and the four types of bloggers.
- I saw several people mentioning this week that their sites had been hacked-- some Blogger, some Wordpress. Heather Webb has a guide for backing up your blog.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Book Blogger Appreciation Week starts Monday, and voting is open for their awards. We're grateful to be nominated for Best Publishing Industry Blog, and contributor Veronica Roth is nominated for Best Published Author Blog!
- Nominate your favorite librarian for a $5,000 award!
- Funny women are dangerous: Black Artemis on rape culture and American comedy.
- Writer's Black. Did you have to look twice too? CNN experiments with perceptions of race and authors.
- I think it's safe to say most of us are awaiting the release of the movie "Young Adult" with trepidation. The poster gives Jezebel hope, but others are less optimistic.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- Intergalactic Academy is giving away a copy of The Skyship Academy!
- Follow The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer around the internet and win all sorts of cool stuff!
- Get a copy of My Beating Teenage Heart from Stacked!
- Forever ReWrighting will be hosting a Twitter pitch contest with debut author Jolene Perry!
- Carey Farrell is giving away Ditched!
- YATopia is giving away any book you want!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Six mind-blowing ways zombies and vampires explain America.
Twenty astonishing tourist complaints, including gems like "The beach was too sandy" and "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the Americans three hours to get home."
Amazing: One woman in the UK doing Gorillaz's "Feel Good Inc" all by herself. Her MGMT "Electric Feel" cover is super impressive too.
Have a great weekend!
~ Kate Hart