THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- What is "bad writing," anyway? Nathan Bransford suggests it's all about prose, baby. To avoid it, Pub(lishing) Crawl urges you to wield your words carefully.
- What makes people succeed in publishing-- Fate? Chance? Susan Dennard says it's determination.
- Check out this interesting article in which Guillermo del Toro explains the biggest mistake people make in telling stories about children.
- An interesting look at the daily routines of famous writers.
- Writers, don't settle! Sarah McCoy says finding a literary agent is like finding true love.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Naming your kids after book characters: it's probably better than naming them "Seven." (Sorry, George Costanza.)
- In case you were really worried about boys finding something to read in YA, here is a MASSIVE list of books to choose from. *bursts into wild applause* Well done.
- E-books: will they replace paper books on your shelves? Mr. Bransford has some stats.
- Check out Flavorwire's list of New York's 100 Most Important Living Writers! And while you're at it, peruse this list of Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors.
- I could get lost forever in this reddit thread about bookstores/working in bookstores/how to answer vague questions/etc.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Are e-shorts going to be a thing? HarperTeen Impulse thinks so. Speaking of short stories, our girl Kody Keplinger has some coming up in the near future.
- Simon & Schuster is opening a self-publishing service.
- Literary agents might be the victims of the Penguin-Random House merger, says The Daily Beast.
- The lovely people at Katherine Tegen Books get spycam-ed. (Hee!)
- There's a new Suzanne Collins book! (For the younger young folks!)
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- YA scavenger hunt!
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF'
- If you giggle at the word "poop," this post is for you.
- Boy Meets World is BACK (sort of)! Feenaayyyyy!And Vulture has a list of things the reboot will need to do for it to be awesome.
- An OED editor deleted "foreign" words? Well, that shakes my faith in the dictionary.
- A prank in which someone capitalizes on the fact that creepy children are SCARIER THAN OTHER CREEPY THINGS. Seriously.
- Forever Young Adult analyzes Four casting rumors in a highly scientific manner.
- This list of top colleges for Harry Potter fans makes me wish I had a time-turner. Srsly.
- Are you a closet introvert? (Most of us at YA Highway are in the "obvious introvert" category.)
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM