A researcher at Brigham Young University says there's lots of cussing in YA books so we need a rating system. The ALA says "ha ha ha ha no." Kiersten White, known for avoiding profanity in her books, says the issue is more complicated than just counting up cuss words; the delightfully blunt Gayle Forman says she's tired of "these stupid, knee-jerk, simplistic roundups about dark YA that are neither accurate or even a proper gauge of what they’re supposed to measure," and Jezebel says, "Let's just be happy that kids are reading at all and not get our panties all twisted up."
But the most revealing post comes from Andrew Karre, who points out all the damn ads you have to navigate to read that click bait in the first place.
Self-Publishing vs The World:
A self-published author's public meltdown prompted Chuck Wendig to revisit the fevered egos of self-publishing, which prompted agent Sarah LaPolla to lament the "us vs. them" mentality, which got Nathan Bransford talking about self-publishing and having a chip on one's shoulder, as well as pointing out that traditional vs. self-publishing is a false dichotomy.
The Guardian reported that half of self-published authors make less than $500 per year, and The Bookseller said that less than 10% make enough to live off their earnings. Meanwhile Mette Harrison's "33 Self-Publishing Myths" ruffled some feathers, and she followed up with a shorter "When To Self-Publish," the reaction to which remains to be seen.
- I loooooove this post from Beth Revis about writing the book of your heart. Love. Lurve, even.
- Francisco X. Stork's amazing post "Depressed, Not Depressing" is like a lifeline for writers with depression.
- Bitterblue is getting rave reviews, but Kristin Cashore and editor Kathy Dawson reveal the road to success was long and difficult. Great read if you're struggling with your manuscript. (via Kathleen Peacock or maybe her editor, I forget which.)
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