THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- "There is innovation going on in the world of fiction for young readers. There’s no questioning that. What I’m saying is that there can be a hell of a lot more. The moment to take risks is right now." LOVE this post on "the power of whoa" from Aaron Starmer.
- Think Progress expands on a Malinda Lo post about why white creators default to colorblindness.
- Hilary Smith takes a look at writing advice gone wrong.
- The University of Wisconsin finds out the importance of commas.
- You guyyyyyys... apparently guys don't do that. NY Mag has 5 reasons women are prone to "word elongation." (via @NYCeditor)
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Our girl Phoebe North shares the reasons she (mostly) stopped reviewing.
- YALSA's 2013 Popular Paperbacks list includes lists like "Boarding Schools to Summer Camps," "Gowns, Greasepaint, and Guitars," "I'm New Here Myself," and "More Books That Won't Make You Blush," plus a top ten.
- CNN covers Judy Blume's appearance for the release of the Tiger Eyes movie. (Bonus: the comment thread doesn't make me want to give up on humanity forever.)
- The Fault In Our Stars gets a director!
- Lots of awesome titles and folks on the Spring 2013 Kids' Indie Next List!
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- "The most important part of a query is the book pitch," says agent Sara Crowe, and she has advice to help perfect yours.
- Gemma Burgess takes a text-based approach to Pinterest.
- As a self-published author, Sylvia Day sold 100,000 copies of her books. In the 7 months since her traditional publisher release? More than five million.
- Rachel Fershleiser gives advice on social media, marketing, book release parties and more over at Togather.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- A new law in North Carolina shields teachers from cyberbully students. But who will protect the students from the teachers?
- Our girl Sumayyah Daud explains why "my ancestors did it not me" and "but it's pretty!" don't cut it.
- What's it like to go through puberty alongside your students? Rafe Posey shares the experience of transitioning as a high school teacher.
- Amanda Marcotte at Slate points out the ridiculousness of holding girls responsible for boys' reactions.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- Kathleen Doyle is celebrating her birthday with a book and gift card giveaway!
- Send your best worst query to Jessica Seinsheimer and win a critique of your (real) query!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
(via Tastefully Offensive)
and if that depresses you too, there's this.