THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- GUYS. MARGARET ATWOOD. ZOMBIE NOVEL. On Wattpad, no less.
- Libba Bray and the No Good Horrible Very Bad Writing Day. (Maybe it will make her feel better that Charles Darwin had them too.)
- Zoë Marriott asks, "Who deserves a happily ever after?"
- Are you doing Nano? Hayley Vornholt has 8 reasons why you should (and if you are, sign up for daily inspiration from all of us here at the Highway!)
- The Millions has three writing-related reasons to move abroad.
- Gabrielle Prendergast sent us her post about helpful websites to use during writing.
- Smart brain versus sneaky brain: Sarah Fine reacts to her first negative reviews.
- A.S. King says, among other smart things, that writing is a sport.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- It's almost November, which means there will be lots of half-assed "American Indian Month" stuff going on. Debbie Reese has great suggestions for meaningful ways to "Indigenize Your Library."
- Pew Research Center presents some interesting statistics regarding young readers-- for instance, that 83% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year. Publisher's Marketplace is skeptical of their findings, however. (membership required for 2nd link)
- Catriona Coote looks at portrayals of gifted girls in fiction.
- Shelvers Anonymous wants to know which book places are on your bucket list.
- Crunchings and Munchings has some thoughts about gender in YA dystopias, with interesting discussion in the comments.
- Did you hate the book everyone else loved? LibraryThing's "UnSuggester" might be up your alley.
- If you've shopped at a Barnes and Noble in CA, CT, FL, NJ, NY, IL, MA, PA, or RI lately, you should check this list of stores whose PIN pads were compromised.
- Do you own your e-books? Not according to Amazon. (via Victoria Strauss)
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Agents really do have to love your manuscript, says Jennifer Laughran.
- Conversely, Janet Reid says, "We're in this biz for money, not love," in her look at the hard numbers required to successfully query a self-published book.
- If you want to be an agent, Joanna Volpe has advice for getting started.
- Being an editor means sitting in a cushy office and reading all day, right? Wrong. Check out a day in the life of editor Jordan Hamessley London.
- Kristin Nelson warns that you should never sign a boilerplate contract with any publisher. Ever. (She also has good advice for reevaluating your website.)
- Should all authors blog? Rachelle Gardner says no.
- Aaron Starmer wasn't happy with his cover, so he hired his own artist.
- Find out how Stephen Elliott got 400 people to read an advance copy of his book.
- Marie Lu shares pointers for surviving an international book tour.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Erin Jade Lange discusses the dangers of letting "bully" become a buzzword.
- Interesting in parallel to self-publishing: Why Trent Reznor went back to a major label (via Evil Wylie).
- Why are elections on Tuesdays? Mental Floss explains.
- I try not to get too political here, but I couldn't ignore John Franklin Stephens's open letter to Ann Coulter about her use of "the R-word" to describe the president.
- "Dance is like thought." Amazing article on Helen Keller's visit to Martha Graham's studio.
- Congrats to my girl Kelly Jensen, who'll be writing a book about contemporary YA, and to Elizabeth Norris, whose book Unraveling is being developed by MTV!
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- Angelica Jackson is giving away a signed copy of Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland!
- The YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes is on again!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Hungry for second breakfast? Denny's will be serving up plates of "Shire Sausage," "The Ring Burgers," "Gandalf's Gobble Melt," "The Hobbit Slam," and more. (I can hear Tolkien turning in his grave from here.)
Tom Hanks performing slam poetry about Full House. Yes, all those words are in the correct order.
Typos are embarrassing, but at least yours aren't immortalized in pictures-- or worse, in book form. (via Victoria Strauss)
Have a great weekend!