THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Lauren DeStafano reminds us there is life after the hype of being published.
Literaticat gives a great analogy with tips on revising by tending to your garden of words.
Going to ALA? Don't forget about the YA Blogger meet up!!
THIS WEEK IN READING
NPR's annual summer readers' poll wants to know what your favorite YA books are!
Andrew Karre's guest post at Stacked says "If you bear the scars of adolescence--" and let's be honest. Who doesn't?--"then YA is for you."
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
Zetta Elliot's great read on racism in publishing. And our own Sumayyah over at The Raven Desk says not to forget that all teens dream about the same things: kicking ass and taking names. And also, fighting dragons.
Publishing Crawl talks self-promotion and developing your marketing plan.
The YA Curator offers up a list of publishers, breaking them into big, mid, and small presses.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
The Trichordist gently relays the importance of ethics in illegal music downloading with a great breakdown of cost and artist rights. Seattle Weekly says Rhapsiody IS fair to artists.
The NY Times says how you surf the internet can give a clue about your mental health.
Gwarling offers you five ways to free yourself from digital dependency, and reminds you to subscribe by email. And follow them on twitter.
The Oatmeal vs. FunnyJunk. Words fail me (laughter, thankfully, doesn't.)
Keira Knightly stars in the upcoming movie adaptation of Anna Karenina and it looks to be awe.some.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
Christmas in July over at Michelle Krys' blog! A query letter and five hundred words of a completed manuscript is all you need. They'll be selecting fifteen submissions to post and ten agents will be dropping by for a look.
Want to be a cover model? Here's your chance! Enter to have your face used on C.J. Harper's The Disappeared.
Not a contest, but an awesome auction going on over at Kathy Bradey's blog!
Myra McEntire is giving away prize packs in honor of Timepiece's release.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
The Avengers + Firely (thanks Sumayyah!). I just had a nerdgasm.