Our lovely and awesome Kate Hart is having a well-deserved break from FTF this week, so you all will have to endure me instead. Don't fear, she will be back next week!
THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
-YA Highwayer Steph Kuehn sold her debut novel, and we are all very excited for her! If you're curious, she posted about it on her blog.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
-Agent Sarah LaPolla has some advice on writing realistic romances.
-Having trouble with infodumps in your WIP? Author Janice Hardy has some tips to help you find and fix those tricky little things.
-Author David Macinnis Gill proclaims himself to be thin-skinned, and explains why this isn't a bad thing.
-In Nova Ren Suma's turning points blog series, Blythe Woolston explains how she became an author by accident and Jennifer Echols talks about how networking was her turning point.
THIS WEEK IN READING
-"Strength is not something found solely in masculinity," says author Steph Sinkhorn in a wonderful post about strong female characters.
-Original illustrations from Charlotte's Web. So beautiful!
-A quite long but very interesting post by Kekla Magoon on children's literature and gender equality.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
-Agent Jenny Bent blogs about the changes--both better and worse--in the publishing industry over the past twenty years.
-Jane Yolen has established a grant for midlist authors. She is awesome.
-Publishers take action against an enormous book pirating website.
-Author Jane Lebak has some advice on how to query a novel with an unlikeable main character.
-Kirkus has launched a book editing division to provide editorial services for unpublished and self-published authors.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
-A really lovely blog post on being an ally.
-Apparently teens today are doing quite well. Way to go, teens!
-Were you wondering what Stephenie Meyer's been up to lately? Well, now you know.
-The true identity of Sugar revealed! And also on The Rumpus, author Roxane Gay guest blogs about some of those horrifying Chris Brown-related tweets you've probably seen this week.
-Author Corrine Jackson is hosting a second round of her wonderful Change Write Now challenge. If you're interested, there's still plenty of time to sign up!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
A Breaking Dawn parody:
Sh*t Book Reviewers Say:
And, of course, the writer version of the meme that has run rampant this week: