THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
Oh good. More mergers.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Linda Holmes at NPR argues that not everybody needs to kiss at the end of a story.
- Things we don't say: Shaun David Hutchinson looks at writers and jealousy.
- Amie Kaufman at Pub(lishing) Crawl offers 3 ways to improve your critiques using conflict communication.
- Zoë Marriott shares her editing process.
- Bookshelvers Anonymous shares some favorite book-to-movie soundtracks and wants to know yours. (Speaking of soundtracks, have you checked out our writing playlist collection yet? We're putting together track collections by theme, including "War Is Easier Than Daughters," "Kicked Out of Youth Group," "That Awkward Moment When Your Boyfriend is the Bad Guy," and much more.)
- Get five great writing tips from Laini Taylor at PW.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Terry Pratchett announced that his daughter Rhianna will take over the Discworld series when he passes away.
- "In our stories for boys and for young men, as in all things, we need many kinds of stories." Alyssa Rosenberg weighs in on how to make YA work for boys.
- Young Adult, New Adult, crossover, crossunder-- Kelly Jensen has some thoughts about genre, categories, and terminology.
- Maybe this is why John Green is up for Entertainer of the Year: He and Hank will be appearing at Carnegie Hall this January.
- Ohhhh, Breaking Dawn Part Two. I have not seen you yet, but by all accounts, you are greatly amusing-- especially to viewers who have no idea what's going on. Perhaps Fox should have taken Forever Young Adult's drinking game along. (Thankfully, a Batman-style shooting spree plot for release day was foiled. And hey, Tabitha Rees says you've taught her a lot about writing.)
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Publisher's Weekly has a summary of the “Pop Culture Publishing: Young Adult Megahits” panel from the New York University Media Talk.
- Indie booksellers are using their tax returns as ammo against Amazon. Related, Tim Ferriss are claiming that bookstores' refusal to stock his Amazon-published book amounts to censorship. Others point out it's mostly amounting to a publicity ploy.
- Nathan Bransford explains separate vs join accounting for authors.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- McSweeney's has an open letter to pumpkin-flavored treats.
- Virginia's new race-based educational goals are causing controversy.
- Coolest job ever? Meet the mind behind the Obama campaign's social media efforts.
- Love this post from Sarah McCarry (aka Le R) on violence against women in movies. Semi-related, this article about misogyny and censorship is pretty alarming.
- Gmail added Cherokee to their language settings offerings (via Adrienne K.)
- 'Tis the season to not be an a-hole: The HuffPo has a list of sweet things you can say to anybody.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- Bid on a critique and swag package from us, with proceeds to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Neither McKayla Maroney nor the President are impressed.
Have a great weekend!