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Field Trip Friday: May 18, 2012


- Mitali Perkins highlights a teen writer's tips for writing race.

- How do moms, or anyone, manage their time when working from home with a thousand other responsibilities and distractions? Maggie Stiefvater says, "Prioritize. Educate those close to you. Surround yourself with like-minded people. And kick some ass."

- Nova Ren Suma reminds you to be inspired by, not envious of, your favorite writers.

- Gayle Forman has one writing do, one writing don't, and says don't try to be Veronica Roth (ha!).


- Alexandria, VA tops Amazon's list of "most well-read cities in America." (Dear Amazon: Next year tell us who buys the most YA!)

- Be careful what book you pick up: research shows you really are what you read.

- Justine Larbalestier assures friends and family, "You don't have to read my books."

- Flavorwire lists the ten YA books that scarred us all for life.

- Amazon Prime members will be able to check out Harry Potter books from the Kindle Lending Library starting June 19th; e-book fans will soon also be able to read S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders in digital form for the first time.

- Bookshelvers Anonymous makes a plea for "New Adult."

- I did a big post this week looking at 2011's YA cover trends, and invited readers to send me their related links: Gabrielle Pendergast maintains this great blog encouraging cover designers to diversify their offerings, Kiersi Burkhart directed me to her March post "All the White Girls," and Raven Ashley says the problem isn't just covers.

- Which authors would you like to see compete on a reality show? Julie Seifert posts her picks (John Green on Jersey Shore? yes please), while Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish wants to put our own Kirsten Hubbard on something like No Reservations (also yes please), Jennifer Leigh kills off our girl Vee in the final four of the Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic Survivor Game (no way, she would totally win), and Jenna St. Hilaire wrote and illustrated an entire Pirates of Penzance song parody.


- Great post from JJ at Pub(lishing) Crawl, explaining what happens when your book goes to the editorial board.

- Writer's Relief offers a cautionary list of 11 mistakes writers make when approaching literary agents.

- Agent Jill Corcoran wonders what pushes an author from traditional to self-publishing.

- Check out Kathleen Peacock's interview with HarperCollins Canada Marketing Assistant Shannon Parsons for great advice on organizing blog tours.

- Colleen Lindsay Twitter-resurrected this 2009 post: "Self-promotion or, Warning: being a published author means you are entering a whine-free zone."


- Lots of sad news this week: Jean Craighead George, author of My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves, passed away at age 92; Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes died at age 83; musician Chuck Brown succumbed to pneumonia at age 75; and disco legend Donna Summers passed from cancer at age 63.

- John Scalzi tries to circumvent the hysteria that discussions of male privilege always incite by explaining the concept as a video game. (Hysteria still ensues in the comments, but the post is great. I also quite enjoyed his follow up.)

- In "Queer Women and (In)visibility," Malinda Lo looks at media, lesbian representation, and the power of symbols.

- It's graduation time, and the advice posts abound. Here's one from Mike Myatt at Forbes, suggesting that a little perspective goes a long way and that success and significance will change with time; Mike Barthal at The Awl points out that a bachelor's degree isn't designed to get you a job; the LA Times rounds up "the best -- or most notable-- graduation advice (so far)."


- Sharon Bayliss is hosting a contest to win a contract with Curiosity Quills Presss!

Don't forget: You can submit your own giveaways and contests on our contact page!


Check out fifteen extremely silly pictures of extremely serious writers, at Flavorwire-- this is Edward Gorey with a giant teddy bear.

silly picture of edward gorey

I find this photo series really alarming, but don't let the URL scare you off.

photo by Tadao Cem

Dublin officially wins "best street art."

literary street art

High school students share their memories while trolling teachers dance in the background.
(via Cory Jackson, I think-- I switched browsers this week and my bookmarks came through the import process but my tags did not.)

 Have a great weekend!

Kate Hart

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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  1. It's been a long time since I've stopped to comment and let you know how much I appreciate these Field Trip Fridays. Thanks so much for gathering and posting. ^_^

  2. Thank you for spreading the word about my contest! You guys rock.

  3. Thanks for the link! :) Lots of good stuff, as always. I think I just killed over half an hour link-hopping.

    Also, that photo is absolutely terrifying.

  4. Thanks for the mention! And that Edward Gorey pic TOTALLY made my day.

  5. Not to be a whiner, but you misspelled my name! It PRendergast not Pendergast!

    Great round up this week. Thanks for including me.

  6. I really look forward to Fridays just so I can have some new links to browse and get caught up on all kinds of writerly news. Also, thanks for mentioning my blog post on covers. :)

  7. Thanks for the mention of my survivor post. I am sorry that I had to vote out Vee =( I had a really tough time figuring out how that scenario would go down. Patrick Ness didn't like it either, he said people would totally vote for him! LOL I still love you V-Roth your books are awesome!


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