Field Trip Friday: November 30, 2012

With much trepidation, I will attempt to fill the very large and lovely shoes of Kate Hart this week. Deep breaths, everyone. We'll make it. (Probably.)

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

 
 Bad lip reading of New Moon!

 


Will it blend?



Cats being cats.





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