A note: Is the Friday round up is too much for one day's internet-ing? If you're on Delicious, you can see links as they're added throughout the week. I *think* you can also suggest links to me for inclusion (or just use our submission form as usual).
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Lots of great stuff at WriteOnCon! Our own Phoebe North vlogs with Lenore Appelhans about blogging pet peeves; the Lucky 13s share writing tips and give away some prizes; Claire Legrand explains the difference between YA and MG; editors Rhoda Belleza and Lexa Hillyer explain the process of plotting, and lots, lots more!
- "Accept that there is no one way to make it as a writer and that the definition of making it is fluid and tiered." Roxane Gay has the post of the week: "How to Be a Contemporary Writer."
- Julie Eshbaugh helps you correct problems with pacing.
- BuzzFeed gathered "indispensable writing tips" from 30 famous authors. You could also try to get on their diets with Flavorwire's "How to Eat Like Your Favorite Authors."
- Nova Ren Suma reached her particular dream and wants to know yours.
- The co-founders of Twitter have launched a new publishing platform: Medium.
- Editor Molly O'Neill has five craft-developing exercises for writers.
- Having trouble revising? Kate Messner shares 65 off-draft writing prompts to get you started again (via Lynne Kelley).
- Want to read the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels? Check out this year's Bulwer-Lytton Contest winners.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Foz Meadows takes a look at sex, desire, and fan fiction.
- Linda Sue Park and Laurie Halse Anderson both weighed in on the lack of diversity in NPR's Top 100 YA list.
- Find out more about YA sci fi and the Norton Award from author and award juror E.C. Myers.
- "A Critic’s Case for Critics Who Are Actually Critical," at the NYT.
- The Wisconsin State Journal points out that books fail to accurately represent our increasingly diverse world. (via Alex Hinrichs)
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Lots of talk this week about The Millions's article on "navigating the world of literary agents," which featured a large pull quote saying "it's all about who you know." Agent Holly Root says that's oversimplified: it's more about proving your talent and finding people to vouch for you.
- This week's YA link bait: Laura Miller thinks there's no prestige in YA. *cue world's saddest song played on world's tiniest violin* (Seriously, I searched for her name, then "prestige" in my Google Reader, and not a single person out of the 1000+ blogs I follow bothered to respond. High five, YA-dom.)
- Cheryl Klein gives six reasons why everything in publishing takes so long.
- The entire student staff of The Red and Black Newspaper, which covers University of Georgia news, has walked off the job in protest of new journalistic "standards." (via Saundra Mitchell)
- Veronica Rossi shares how a breakup prepared her for negative reviews.
- Turns out "Generation Y" is the most book-loving generation alive (via HarperOne).
- Whether it's writing, agenting, or any other venture, agent Kristin Nelson says, "Feel the fear, but do it anyway."
- "If your content is as good and valuable as you think it is, then think about it as a service people will pay for rather than a series of products that you print out and ship," says Laura Dawson.
- KidlitCon is coming up! Lizzy Burns has more details.
- Jane Friedman has tips on building a better author bio on Twitter.
- Need help with your blog? Consider what offer it's making to readers.
- Want to be a children's librarian? Some things you might not know about the job, from Jenn Estepp.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- In the wake of cheating controversy, Kristen Stewart got dropped from the Snow White sequel. Several people called bullshit: Jodie Foster wrote a defense on The Daily Beast, this blogger gives Hollywood an A+ for sexism, and Genevieve Valentine explains "What We Talk About When We Talk About KStew." (Meanwhile Will Ferrell is really, really upset on Conan; Robert Pattinson is a little more chill eating ice cream with Jon Stewart.)
- Paul Miller reports on month three of his year without internet.
- Sleep researchers have found some interesting connections between dreaming and depression.
- Eagle Scouts from all over the country are returning their badges in protest of the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policies.
- Need a quick "intro to privilege" video? Hey White Guys is a good place to start.
- Relevant to piracy issues: Rapper/writer Dessa Darling looks at music copyright, heirloom seeds, and compares Apple's TOS with Monsanto's. (I have a serious, serious lady crush on this woman.)
- Legendary editor Helen Gurley Brown passed away this week at the age of 90.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Idea for new apocalyptic story: Giant catfish burglars. (via Ginger Clark)
I liked this poem: "I Once Dated a Writer" (via Laurie Devore)
Some cool infographics:
- File under "Alarming": The US visualized by distance to nearest McDonald's.
- Why are Americans so...?: A map of Google results for each state.
- One Race, Every Medalist Ever: Where every other runner falls in comparison to Usain Bolt-- including the fastest teens in the US.
- US Public Libraries: Use versus Funding