Happy Apocalypse Day, everybody! The incomparable Kate Hart is taking a well deserved break this week, so it looks like you're all stuck with me. *insert Vincent Price laugh here*
THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
It's hard to know what to say or do in the wake of a tragedy like Sandy Hook, but here are a couple of options: Publishing Hearts Connecticut has put together a publishing-related auction to benefit Newtown Youth and Family Services, and Beck McDowell, whose book scarily parallels the events in Connecticut, is donating books in the name of each victim.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
John Sargent gives some insight about the merger in a letter to Macmillan trade authors, illustrators, and agents.
Publisher's Weekly tells us that the in-house term of New Adult is being recognized more and more, even if booksellers don't see the need.
Penguin is going to promote Beth Revis' trilogy by launching the book into space. (Yes, that is for real.) Stellar!
Casey Wilson breaks down the NYT Best Seller list in accordance to gender dominance in this crazy-interesting survey.
Macmillan announced the debut of Swoon Reads, a crowdsourced YA romance imprint under the aegis of Feiwel and Friends.
THIS WEEK IN READING
Stacked has the second part of their Best of 2012 YA list.
The New York Times gives its list of favorite book cover designs of the year.
What happens when YA is mentioned in the same sentence as erotica? Lots of interesting discussion, like this post on librarian Kelly Jensen's take on explicit material in young adult novels.
How to Make (or Unmake) A Reader, by Linda Urban
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Joanna Volpe brings together a kick-ass list featuring all the best writerly and publishing advice from PubCrawl in 2012.
Wastepaper Prose continues a great series with author insight on social issues.
The Daily Dahlia gives some blunt (but helpful) writing insight to set off 2013 right.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
Thoughts on the apocalypse, by Cleolinda.
Check out the MG Channel Surf, via KidLit Network.
Chelsea Fagan gives a breakdown of her thoughts on the Jenna Marbles "slut" controversy, and the problem with victim blaming.
Despite the all-consuming panic of Instagram's new terms, it turns out that they can't actually sell your photos. If you're still not so happy with the terms of service, you can always download all your Instagram photos and delete your account.
This essay in the New York Times asks: where are all the large print editions for those that have trouble seeing the fine print?
Check out this awesome interview from Hypable with our own Kristin Halbrook about her debut novel NOBODY BUT US.
RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER IS REAL. (SORT OF.)