THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
That's okay, because its author, E.L. James, is now sitting on a seven figure deal to re-publish the series, and coverage has been plentiful, if a little... odd. CNN covers the "sexually colorfully story," while mentioning it was posted "chapter by chapter on a free online publishing site," but ignores the source material. The NYT only bothers to mention Twilight in the same condescending breath that says "mommy porn," an omission that Gawker follows with some choice quotes from the book. NPR gets my vote for most balanced coverage; their article is written by Jason Boog, who also wrote GalleyCat's recap of Jane Litte's (shocking!) findings that FSoG is 87% the same at MOTU.
you guys seriously. the image searches I do for you. I deserve hazard pay.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Strange Horizons updates its list of "Stories We've Seen Too Often."
- Facing fear, time, and productivity: beautiful post from Candace Ransom (via DGLM).
- "How Not To Be a Clever Writer," at io9.
THIS WEEK IN READING
|The President's bracket is kicking|
my bracket's butt.
- Paper Lantern Lit has a tournament of heroines
- Novel Novice pits books against books
- Bookalicious, Chick Loves Lit, G Reads, and The Book Cellar have their brackets broken down by genre
- Dabwaha hosts the tournament of romance novels
- Half Price Books has a fun tournament of vilians.
- Jezebel has an EXTREMELY dirty YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED sex versus chocolate tourney.
- Lee and Low Publishers make smart use of Pinterest with a "Diverse MG/YA March Release" board (not just featuring their own books!).
- Fascinating look at a library science graduate's masters thesis on the supposed "reading gap" between boys and girls (via Rachel Stark).
- A Knoxville, TN school district removed John Green's Looking For Alaska from its required reading list, citing "pornographic material."
- The Librotraficante is en route to Tucson, where censorship of Mexican-American studies materials continues.
- Do e-books impair memory? (via Carly Watters)
- After 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica stops the presses.
- It's almost movie time! The WSJ discusses why The Hunger Games is also "the gender games," and blogger Connie is annoyed by the narrow minded assumption that a female protagonist limits the movie's audience. Jenny Kristine at Tor looks at the movie's marketing strengths and weaknesses, while io9 rounds up the most disturbing HG merch so far (via Cleolinda Jones).
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- HuffPo Books builds on Vida's findings that book reviews are skewed in favor of male authors, finding the problem may actually lie with publishers.
- The WSJ explains the DOJ's allegations of price fixing against publishing, and Nathan Bransford explains why this is a big freaking deal.
- An Entangled Publishing author reports making $50K+ in one month.
- Editor Molly O'Neill hosts a very cool trip through the printing press, helpfully rounded up by the Divergent Lexicon.
- Agent Tamela Hancock Murray explains why unhelpful rejections are a blessing in disguise (via Lindsey Roth Culli).
- Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler says your book needs to be "discovered" by a reader multiple times before they will read it (plus charts!).
- The Intern asks: If a follow's not a book sale, what is it?
- The Big Six aren't really dying, says Mark Williams.
- What if you want to switch agents... within the same agency? Jessica Faust explains.
- Agent Rachelle Gardner explains how a publishing auction works, and takes a thought provoking look at whether authors deserve to get paid.
- Paypal backs down on its erotica ban after credit card companies call BS.
THIS WEEK IN TECH STUFF
- Twitter bought Posterous.
- Gawker media founder Nick Denton says comment sections are a joke.
- "On Twitter, you find yourself doing all sorts of things you wouldn't otherwise do." Like talk to floating skulls. I love this piece by Margaret Atwood. (via Iris Blasi)
- Pinterest's scary terms of service aren't any scarier than YouTube's or Tumblr's, says Christopher Danzig at Above the Law. What is scary: spammers have found a way to use the site, so click with caution.
- Brute force attacks on are the rise against Wordpress sites, so check those passwords.
- Ben Parr at CNET thinks Google has lost its magic. It killed Friend Connect, which certainly hasn't won it any friends in the YA blogosphere. Luckily, our girl Sarah Enni has a solution, courtesy of Emy Shin, and highlighted some non-Blogger sites you might want to refollow! And you can now label/star messages in Gmail before you send them, which is also pretty cool.
- "If you want someone to visit your website, it must be the most interesting thing on the Internet – for that person at that time." The 5 most common author website mistakes, from Thomas Umstattd, Jr.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Francesca Lia Block took her mortgage woes public this week, and it looks like it worked!
- Laini Taylor talks misery mongers and asks, "Why does everyone have to be a critic?"
- Josh Gondelman at Thought Catalog questions his cred in "I'm Not The Nerd I Used To Be."
- Linda Grant at The Guardian relates how a simple tweet led to the creation of A Thousand Reasons, a site aggregating continual proof that sexism is still alive and well.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- The Authors for Henryville Auction is up- go bid on fab prizes to help an Indiana town destroyed by a tornado earlier this spring.
- Gayle Forman is judging the short story contest at One Teen Story!
- Malinda Lo revealed the cover of her upcoming sci fi Adaption, and is giving away an ARC!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM