THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- For your romantic partners: "Things You Should Know Before You Date a Writer" (including explanation of why we like gossip so much. It's not our fault! Gossip = stories!).
- Beth Revis has the best strategy for dealing with bad reviews (and it doesn't involve lighting anything on fire, which is always a plus).
- Bloggers should check out the "Unconventional Blog Tour" at Stacked, where we're discussing ethics, policies, and best practices. (My contribution will be up soon. Really.)
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Publisher's Weekly profiled the CBC Diversity Committee's efforts to increase diversity in all parts of publishing, from books to personnel to training. Be sure to check out their extensive Goodreads list of suggested titles! (via Michelle Andelman)
- Do you hate turning your head sideways to read titles on the shelf? There's an app for that. (via Electric Monkey)
- Get your summer reading recommendations from YA authors at The Atlantic.
- PW fixes Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list.
- What books did you read in secret as a teen? Author Emily Danforth shares hers in "Sneaking Looks in Sexy Books."
- Sarah Pitre's picks for "Top 10 YA Books That Should Be Adapted For Film."
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- A couple of follow ups on last week's big news:
- Why YA Book Ratings Are Not Just A Terrible Idea, But An Insidious & Sinister One, at Crunchings and Munchings.
- Author Julie Cross hosts real teens talking sex, language, and banned books.
- Book Brats goes where I did not -- into the HuffPo comments on my cover post from last month -- and dismantles some of the unhelpful comments and arguments found there.
- Are you trying to create an impossible book? A book designer explains the possibilities--and impossibilities-- of book printing.
- Lauren Myracle's TTYL series tops the 2011 list of most challenged titles.
- IPG and Amazon agree to terms on e-books.
- Agent Mandy Hubbard and our own Lee Bross discuss book packaging, "the not-so-secret backdoor to publishing."
THIS (THEME) WEEK IN: CONFERENCES!
YA Highway Highlights:
- Phoebe's "Evolution of a Workshop Junky"
- Guest post from Samantha Mabry: "Practical Advice from the AWP Conference"
- "NYC Publishing Tips: The Movie!" (vlog)
- All of this week's great posts-- and more to come over the weekend!
Elsewhere in the tubes:
- The now-defunct Pimp My Novel's "Better Know a Conference" week
- Elizabeth Bird's conference wishlist
- "Bologna Book Fair for Beginners" from agent Joanna Volpe
- At Stacked: Kimberly and Kelly's guides to BEA
- Conference tips parts one and two from agent Jennifer Laughran
- Agent Sarah LaPolla on pitching in person
- "How To Talk To Agents" from Meredith Barnes
- Agent Vickie Motter's series of conference advice posts
- The SCBWI blog is full of information, including advice on critiques from editors and agents.
- "What I Wish I Had Known Before Pitching To An Agent" from Peggy Eddleman
- "Try not to piss off an editor" from SCBWI (vlog)
- "Publishing Success from Connecting at Writers' Conferences" by Kami Kinard
- "What to Pack for a Writer's Conference" from CA Marshall
- "What a Conference Can Do For You" from Jenny Martin
- "When You Feel Like a Nobody At A Conference" from Jody Hedlund
- Roommate etiquette tips from Cory Jackson (vlog)
- "Everything I Need to Know About Conferences I Learned in Kindergarten" from GreenBean TeenQueen
- Win a copy of Altercation or Perilous from Tamara Hart Heiner!
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- EVERYBODY CALM DOWN. Robert Pattinson will not play Finnick in "Catching Fire." Meanwhile, Jezebel reports that the casting is causing "another racist sh!tstorm."
- An Oregon blogger was surprised to see one of his posts nearly verbatim on the front page of a local paper-- he confronted the paper's editor on video and won compensation.
- The Guardian has 14 terrifying French children's books.
- Queen Elizabeth reportedly named a litter of puppies after Harry Potter characters. (The article says: "the Queen named one of the dogs 'Gryffindor' which of course is one of the four Hogwarts houses, and not the name of an actual character from the books." But of course we know that Gryffindor was a character because he founded Gryffindor House, hellooo.) (In other news, I am a nerd.)
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Have a great weekend!