THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
You'll never guess what happened this week: People continued to argue on the internet! I know, right? Are you totally blown away by this completely unexpected development?
Yeah, me neither. So here. Guardian. PW. Stiefvater. St. Crow. Spotswood. Jones. Um... hilarious. Draw your own conclusions. And unless President Obama, Tina Fey, or God comments on reviewer/author relationships in the near future, we're done here, because in the meantime, Arizona school districts are closing Mexican-American Studies programs.
That means they're boxing up books by Sherman Alexie, Isabel Allende, N. Scott Momaday, Sandra Cisneros, Matt de la Peña, Jane Yolen, Howard Zinn, and even some guy named William Shakespeare. Oh wait, no, you can still teach The Tempest-- you just can't mention race, oppression, or "Natives."
Thank goodness for Debbie Reese, who has followed this issue closely; Elizabeth Burns at SLJ also has more links, Stacy Whitman has an honorary book list, and Democracy Now has a debate on the subject.
Meanwhile, Toni Morrison was pulled from an AP Literature class, and of course there were massive online protests against ill-advised censorship legislation. The NYT and CDT both have more; you can also get the simpler version at The Oatmeal, see whether your representatives support the bill, look at copyright violations committed by the bills' supporters, and check out Herpderpedia.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
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- Author Janice Hardy explains how to use query writing as a plotting tool.
- Adam Heine looks at the difference between not screwing up a query and it being awesome (via Jodi Meadows).
- On the writing journey: Stephanie Sinkhorn gives you permission to feel your feelings, Sean Ferrell talks about the writer who never shows up, Harvard Business Review says to find happiness, forget about passion; Lindsey Roth Culli suggests you get out yer yardstick, and Delilah Dawson says the creative cycle will kill you-- but only if you let it.
- Francisco X. Stork wrote a moving "letter to a young author."
- Get a look at Saundra Mitchell's first draft and final pages from The Vespertine.
- "I identify with all of my characters. A writer has to do so if she wants her readers to identify with them as well." Judy Blume in Smithsonian magazine
- Has Word affected the way we work? Interesting article at the Guardian.
- Melissa Marr on "shelf hopping" between adult and YA.
- What's the first thing you should do when you open your computer? Advice from Seth Godin (via Livia Blackburne, whose name I'm pretty sure I've misspelled for about a year-- sorry, Livia!).
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Does writing your name in your books count as a prenup? "How to Say 'I Do' to Shared Bookshelves," at BookRiot.
- "I suspect that people who can't respect young adult lit also don't respect young adults. I suspect that people who belittle children's literature don't think much of children." Shannon Hale sticks her tongue out at last week's YA link bait article.
- Should publishers build apps for cars? If it works for NPR...
- Author Jennifer Weiner finds the gender balance in NYT reviews still leaves much to be desired. There was a response article at Salon, and rather than link it, I will send you to John Scalzi's assessment.
- Interesting conversation in this YA Speculative Fiction panel.
- "Some people sneer at me for reading so much YA, and I sneer right back at them, because they are caught in the artificial divide between 'children’s' and 'adult' literature." Why S.E. Smith loves YA, at xoJane.
- It's almost Printz time! SLJ has their mock competition up for votes.
- Congratulations to this year's Edgar Award nominees!
- YALSA launched "YALSA Academy" this week, a channel for librarians and library staff that focuses on teen services issues.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- To survive publishing (or life), you need a Tina Fey to your Amy Poehler. (via Rachel Hawkins)
- Don't waste precious space telling me you're a mammal, says agent Janet Reid.
- Jessica Faust says yes, do mention if you've been previously agented.
- Sex and the Magic Secrets to Getting Published, from Torre DeRoche (via Jess Regel).
- Agent Victoria Marini has a helpful post: "All About Revision Requests."
- PW profiles self-published author Brittany Geragoteli's road to success, which started at Wattpad.
- Author A. C. Gaughen offers a debut checklist for new authors.
- Amazon's huge plagiarism problem
- Very interesting legal questions being raised by the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, an erotica series that began as a Twilight fanfiction called "Master of the Universe." (also, relevant comic is relevant.) (also also, you guys totally owe me for not posting the gif I found on image search for this one.) (I know you're totally searching for it now.)
- This week's requisite "Amazon will kill us all" article is at Pandodaily.
- Did you know Tumblr has an official book envoy? Okay, I made up her title. But Rachel Fershleiser is available to help authors, publishers, and other literary-type people.
- Your career's not over until you say it's over, at EvilReads.
- Jacket Copy reports Apple will announce a "Garage Band for ebooks."
- "Write faster" is just the tip of the iceberg: Veronica Roth gives you a glimpse into the reality of a publishing timeline.
- Are you going to ALA Midwinter this weekend? (The jealousy. It burnnns.) Samantha Mabry has your guide to downtown Dallas, and the lovely ladies at Stacked are hosting another ALA blogger meetup-- don't miss it!
- YA Fusion interviews Dandy Conway, a district sales manager for Random House Children's Books.
- Writer Unboxed has three ways to use Pinterest for book publicity (although I would check their TOS first).
- New blog alert: Let the Words Flow has transformed into the shiny new site Pub(lishing) Crawl; indie MG/YA authors band together over at The Indelibles.
- The trick to success, even in publishing, is developing relationships (at Forbes, via Jane Friedman).
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Lionsgate is acquiring Summit Entertainment, which means double the massive YA franchises for them. (Speaking of, Broadway World has exclusive photos from Twilight the Musical, there are rumors that the Twilight franchise will continue beyond the films, and a still of Katniss and Peeta before the Opening Ceremonies was released this week!)
- Daniel Radcliffe hosted SNL last weekend, including a skit revealing Hogwarts, ten years later.
- 20 heroic librarians who save the world, at io9 (via Alison Weiss).
- How sharing passwords is sort of like second-and-a-half base for teens, at the NYT.
- Latoya Peterson at Racelicious digs deeper into the social significance of the "Sh*t People Say" memes.
- "The Netherlands has done everything humanly possible to make teen sex and drugs seem dull." Why American teens should go Dutch, at FT Magazine.
- On America, Islam, and the Signing Line, from John Green.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- The YAmazing Race with MGnificient prizes, from The Apocalypsies!
- Win a spot on the Something Strange and Deadly blog tour!
- Win a copy of Caged Moon!
- The Write Dreams auction is raising money to help Donna's Dream House, a holiday home for children and teenagers with life-threatening or terminal illnesses that was recently burned by arsonists. Stop by and check out how you can help.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Want more YA-related random? YA Highway is now on Tumblr!
I'm hoping to share links throughout the week to keep these posts more manageable, because they have gotten crazy long.
It's crazy how many of these are right: Predictions about 2011 from a 1911 newspaper.
Ever wonder what Lincoln looked like in color? Find out at Flavorwire.
via Neatorama (via Kaitlin Ward): Fotoshop by Adobé
Have a good weekend!
~ Kate Hart