THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Love this post from Saundra Mitchell about how very "real" paranormal fiction can be.
- Am I allowed to write this? Kirstin Crohn-Mills with one of the several great posts so far in Malinda Lo's YA Pride series.
- What does your favorite punctuation mark say about you?
- Charlotte Rains Dixon shares 12 habits that will bolster a consistent writing practice.
- Why Susan Adrian tried to stop writing, and how she failed (and succeeded).
- Several people rounded up a series of tweets from Pixar story artist Emma Coats, outlining the story basics she learned on the job.
- Flavorwire lists every day words that were invented by authors (via Janet Grant) and 30 books everyone should read before turning 30 (via my HS APLAC teacher).
- Check out this free "Save the Cat Beat Sheet" download from Liz Writes Books (via Katharina Brindel).
- The Thunder, the Heat, and the fun of singular vs collective nouns: Why the NBA playoffs are a copy editor's worst nightmare.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Summer Reading lists: Publishers Weekly has theirs; Bookshelvers Anonymous follows up last week's request for suggestions with their own.
- Cameron Diaz looks to become the next celebrity author writing for teen girls.
- PW reports on the final farewell to Maurice Sendak.
- Can we CHOOSE KIND? Paul W. Hankins on the tipping point of Wonder.
- The Guardian wonders about the dearth of UK lesbian writers (via the BFF).
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- "Agent Sydney" explains the lack of agents in Australia.
- Who's the boss, you or your agent? Neither, says Jennifer Laughran. She also discusses the worth of a pre-conference query (versus waiting until afterward).
- Agent Brian DeFiore weighs in on the DoJ suit and copyright.
- BRB, changing name to JK Meyer Collins. Sarah at Smart Bitches reports on name poachers and manages to take a few down.
- JJ at Pub(lishing) Crawl breaks down her editorial process.
- Author Roni Loren looks at investment vs payoff and wonders, "Is blogging worth the time?"
- HarperCollins announces their new "360" program, making all English-language titles available to US customers; Publishing Perspectives considers why it took so long.
- Victoria Strauss reports that someone is finally filing a class action lawsuit against PublishAmerica. She includes contact information if you might qualify.
- Already known for sketchy practices, Tate Publishing President Ryan Tate raises the bar this week by laying off employees while comparing himself to Jesus (via Lydia Blackburn).
THIS WEEK IN INFOGRAPHICS
- The true genius of Ray Bradbury revealed: a chart of Bradbury predictions, fulfilled.
- Find out the worth of a librarian (via Lisa Ferneau-Haynes).
- Author Andrew Hyde charts his findings that Amazon's markup on digital delivery is 129,000%. That is not a typo. (via Rachel Fershleiser)
- More pie charts: This post is from last year, but former Highwayer Michelle Schusterman showed it to me this week-- a successful freelance writer breaks down her pitch stats for the past four years.
- Goodreads charts a case study in book discovery and marketing.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- "We have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement." A Boston-area teacher's "You're not special" graduation speech went viral this week.
- What happens when an introvert goes speed dating (via Cleolinda Jones).
- Thirteen rock stars who've worn Native headdresses (and probably shouldn't have), at Indian Country.
- This is really bizarre: In the battle between Yahoo and Gmail, it turns out Gmail wins in... power usage? Yahoo users spend $110 more on electricity per year than Googlers (via Drew Sloan, a smart kid with whom I went to high school).
- The Hollywood Reporter says Warner Bros. has acquired Alloy Entertainment.
- The Jim Henson Company will be making a film version of Frog and Toad (via Jenny Bent).
- Nine-year-old girl with viral school lunch blog is forbidden to take camera into cafeteria-- not by school, but by UK politicians. (via Jennifer Laughran)
- Breaking Dawn pictures. Does Luke Perry know that Edward stole his hair? (Oh god now I want to recast 90210 with vampires. Can we please make this happen in the comments? Brenda even SOUNDS like Bella. This is meant to be, friends.)
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- The fine ladies at Stacked have three giveaways going on: Win a copy of Imaginary Girls, This Is Not A Test, or Crazy!
- Amy Reed is also giving away three copies of Crazy on Goodreads, to readers who have been brave.
- Rebecca Behrens is giving away ARCs of False Memory and Carnival of Souls, plus a copy of Insurgent!
- Rachele Alpine is giving away an ARC of Butter!
- Kathy Bradey is hosting a Be Here Now charity auction, where you can bid on critiques for the next several days.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
- Worst-- or best? -- student ever caught with 35-foot long cheat sheet.
- Can you tell whether these sex scenes were written by a man or a woman? (I only got 5/10; warning-- sex scenes have sex in them; via the BFF.)
- Why Jennifer Lawrence is the best.
Have a great weekend!