Our rockstar, Kate, is trusting me with FTF this week. Blogger wasn't sure it quite trusted me and didn't want to function, so it's a little late this morning!
THIS WEEK IN GREAT NEWS
-YA Highwayer Phoebe North's book deal was announced on PM last night! We are all very excited for her.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
-Author Nova Ren Suma finishes her series on inspiration with a beautiful post about what inspires her.
-A post by author Rachel Aaron on how she increased her daily word counts. By a lot.
-Betsy Lerner asks whether a great writer controls what the reader sees and feels, and the comments include some really awesome responses.
-Wired has an interesting article on how constraining ourselves can actually help our creativity.
-A writer's plea, complete with adorable illustrations, by author K. Marie Criddle.
-Steve Laube explains the importance of learning the waiting game.
-A completely gorgeous post by Jessica Albrecht on doing your best as a writer and being able to let go.
THIS WEEK IN READING
-The original covers of twenty classic novels.
-Rachel Stark discusses her thoughts on the fairy tale death archetype.
-In things that are horrible, a former teacher uses details from his own alleged affair with a student to write a novel.
-Scholastic reveals covers for some of its Hunger Games movie tie-in books.
-What Twilight has that Star Wars doesn't. An interesting look at the roles of women in these two franchises, and also Lord Of The Rings.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
-Nathan Bransford shares results from an e-book poll he's conducted a few years in a row. The results are quite interesting.
-Author Lisa Schroeder talks about her decision to purchase a Goodreads ad for her book, and why she thinks it was worth it.
-The Story Siren gives tips on how to get her to review your book.
-An explanation by illustrator Sam Spratt about how he uses social media for self-promotion. Tips an author could use, too.
-This post on Lee and Low Books' blog talks about the publisher/book blogger relationship in the face of a small controversy that popped up yesterday because of a letter that a publisher sent to book bloggers with new requirements for reviewing their books.
-An awesome, awesome post on Evil League of Evil Writers on liking fellow authors.
-Author Saundra Mitchell's "I have a life" marketing plan.
-Thoughtful post by author Lenore Appelhans on authors reviewing books.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
-Literary genre translations of a simple sentence. It's hilarious.
-The Hunger Games-themed nail polish line is pulled by Lionsgate. Also, get your loved ones some Hunger Games merchandise for the holidays. But while you're shopping, don't forget the message Suzanne Collins was sending us all by writing this book in the first place.
-Harry Potter is coming to Hollywood! Now if only he would come to Maine...
-Deaf children sign to a White Stripes song in a music video.
-Nominations are open for the top ten writing blogs of 2011. I don't envy them having to sort through all those responses!
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
-Sarah Belliston is having a 12 days of Christmas giveaway.
-Giveaway of the book Stoner and Spaz on Chelsey Blair's blog.
-YAtopia is hosting a giveaway of two books from Entangled Publishing.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
-A hilarious and sadly accurate twitter account: Every Tweet Ever
-The library phantom returns. This is so awesome.
-The Bloggess wears a wolf pelt to the Breaking Dawn premiere.