Our lovely Kate Hart is off this week, so you have me instead. No one can ever really do her awesomeness justice, but hope you enjoy this week's Field Trip nonetheless!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Author Chuck Wendig blogs about cultivating instinct.
- A very thorough post by author Zoe Marriott on instalove.
- Author Diana Peterfreund counters some bad advice she's seen given to aspiring authors.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- J.K. Rowling's new book hit stores yesterday. She seems to have a pretty good attitude about the release, and is as awesome as ever.
- Who is excited that Neil Patrick Harris is going to be writing a memoir? It can't only be me.
- Anne Rice creates speculation about the possibility for a new vampire novel with two cryptic facebook statuses.
- Author Libba Bray proves her awesomeness, as usual, in a really great interview.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- Do you write in the "New Adult" genre? The bloggers at NA Alley are hosting a pitch contest with Entangled Publishing editor Libby Murphy on October 3rd.
- At YA Fusion, you could win a copy of the book Getting Somewhere by Beth Nuff, and there's a nice post about reading for empathy to go along with it.
- The bloggers at YAtopia are looking for some new members, and they're doing a giveaway as well.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Agent Victoria Marini has an excellent blog post about why being unpublished is better than being poorly published.
- Editor Andrew Karre on editing in this era of YA popularity. via Kelly Jensen.
- Author Justine Larbalestier discusses differences between publishing houses.
- Penguin is taking a few (non-fiction) authors to court to to recoup advances on books not delivered. Agent Robert Gottlieb replied with criticism, but others disagree.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- A reaction blog post to the backlash that Mindy Kaling has received for her new show, The Mindy Project.
- Lady Gaga has started a new page on her social networking site to help inspire better body image.
- A heartwarming story about an arthritic dog.
-The leader of Germany's Pirate Party sends mixed messages by not allowing piracy of her own book. via thebookslut.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
- Cookie Monster and Grover do a musical parody of several popular movies/shows.