Field Trip Friday: December 7, 2012



THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK

The NYT announced it is changing the way its bestseller lists are compiled for YA and MG books. Agent Michael Bourret has a breakdown of what this means to authors and publishers.


THIS WEEK IN WRITING

- Why do writers need business plans? Stina Lindenblatt has the answer.

- Our girl Sarah Enni says, "Before you write, visualize."

- If you think willpower is a limited resource, you're right. And if you think otherwise... you're right. 99u on how to power through any demanding task (via Jan O'Hara).

- Taryn Albright reminds us that hard work does not mean success.

- In case you missed it on this week's RTW: Kristin Cashore on the four years it took to draft Bitterblue.


THIS WEEK IN READING

- Nooooooooo. Bed bugs in the library! (via Jenny Bent)

- Brian Samek says you can't quantify the value of books and libraries.

- Flavorwire has "dream homes for books and the nerds who love them." They missed Belle and the Beast's new digs, though.

- The NYT says Latino characters are far underrepresented in books for young people.

- Buying books for the holidays? Bookshelvers Anonymous reminds us to check the clearance section!

- 'Tis the season to make lists:


THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING

- Random House is "50 shades of green," giving employees $5,000 bonuses for the holiday.

- Goodreads shows the rise of "New Adult" in infographic form.

- Agent Jill Corcoran presents the upside of "publishing merger mania."

- Querying? Check out Matt Bell's pre-made submission tracker spreadsheet (via Gordon Warnock).

- Agent Joe Monti has a solution for problems with POC and LGBTQ covers; our own Stephanie Kuehn provides a valuable counterpoint.


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF

- Cuddlebuggery offers tips for "happy cobloggership."

- The Penn State Chi Os embarrass themselves with a racist party theme.

- Offbeat Empire looks at "liberal bullying: privilege-checking and semantics-scolding as internet sport." MetaFilter has more conversation on the topic. (both via Kirsten Hubbard)

- Love this post from Saundra Mitchell, about finding a letter sent by balloon.

- Lots of dude-bros whining on Tumblr this week about The Hawkeye Initiative, which is so wonderful I can barely stand it. (The project, I mean. Not the whining.) (See also: Kelly Jensen's "To Be a Woman and Speak Your Mind.")


THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM

HOW CUTE IS THIS BOOK HEDGEHOG? (answer: VERY.) (via Lauren Gibaldi Mathur)

Feeling awkward? At least you're not on Missed High Fives.

Look, there's lots of debate about how snarky reviews should be, but if you can't bring it on the Ron Charles level, you might as well just sit yourself down.



And in "best titles ever": Two whales swim alarmingly close to a canoe, and passenger promptly/understandably loses her shit. (via Kathleen Peacock)



Have a great weekend!









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