The lovely Kate Hart is on vacation this week and despite my seething jealousy, I am filling in for her. But despair not! Kate and all her pithy wisdom shall return next week.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Need help keeping track of the small stuff in your novel? Agent Rachelle Gardner has tips on how to create your own style sheet.
Love this. Author Cassandra Clare responds to questions and criticism following the decision to cast Godfrey Gao in the role of Magnus for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film.
Got a blog? Tumblr account? Pinterest board? Author Roni Lauren has an important reminder regarding image use and copyright.
From NPR, an interesting look at the intersection of culture and plagiarism.
Author Catherynne M. Valente's lovely love letter to libraries.
Author Justine Larbalestier takes serious issue with the idea that YA writers are in it for the money.
THIS WEEK IN READING
YALSA has a wonderful article on the realities, biases, and cultural forces currently shaping library development in juvenile detention centers.
Lev Grossman pens an essay on the emotional experience of really hating a book.
From the Lawrence, KS Public Library comes this nifty flow chart of reading suggestions entitled: If you Liked The Hunger Games...
If you're interested in nominating books for YALSA lists or awards (anyone can!), read this.
NPR wants you to vote for your favorite YA novels. The list itself is slightly weird, but there are some real gems to choose from. Also, Mrs. Silverstein from Reading on the F Train is running her own brackets and analysis based on the NPR list.
Re: Robsten. Girl, what were you thinking?
Battle Royale to become a CW show? Whoa, now.
And with the Summer Games starting in London today, here's a list of mystery novels that have an Olympic theme!
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
Worried your manuscript might be too edgy for YA? Agent Mandy Hubbard has some reassuring words on the issue of issues.
Speaking of Kate Hart...have you seen her incredible Publishing Road Map right here on the YA Highway? Check it out.
Super amazing agent Michael Bourret is hosting a twitter chat on 8/2. Bring your publishing questions and join him!
Pearson buys Author Solutions and Jane Friedman discusses the implications for authors.
Author S.E. Sinkhorn interviews agent Michelle Andelman.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
An inspiration to us all: Astronaut Sally Ride passed away this week after a battle with cancer.
Author Libba Bray wrote these moving words in the hours after the tragic Aurora, CO shooting last week. And while the rest of us will eventually move on to worthy debates about things like guns and media violence and mental illness and how we learn to care for one another, this article reminds us that, for the survivors, moving on isn't necessarily an option.
It's been a year since NY legalized gay marriage...
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
K.E. Carson of The Underground has a huge giveaway going on with signed books and swag that's part of a fundraiser event for Hopeline, a non profit group dedicated to suicide prevention. What a wonderful cause to support!
Ashelynn of Gypsy Books Reviews is celebrating all things Wyoming and giving away a copy of LIKE MANDARIN by YA Highwayer Kirsten Hubbard. Wow, we like that!
Angie at Addicted to Books is giving away a copy of RAW BLUE.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
What is it?? I regretted clicking on this. Now you can too.
Here is a picture of a doll petting a kitten.
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Have a great weekend!