THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Jodi Meadows has a great timeline for when to start promoting your book.
- Teen narratives "largely reinforce the image that for girls and women ... without a best friend forever, full of all markers and rituals of best friendships that aren't all the different than sixth grade slumber parties, there's something wrong, there's something off or abnormal." Sarah Moon looks at the BFF paradigm.
- April Henry gives ten tips for becoming a good novelist.
- Gretchen Schreiber explains why characters with disabilities don't need the "magic cure" trope.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Kelly Jensen wrote two complementary posts this week: Feminism in Young Adult Fiction, with a couple of suggested reads, and Female Sexuality in YA Fiction: Exploring the Range of Experiences, with more great examples and smart discussion. There's also interesting conversation on the topic in the comments at Dear Author.
- Chloe Moretz has been confirmed as lead in the film version of Gayle Forman's If I Stay!
- Lynn Neary at NPR reports that teens are reading less challenging books. Meanwhile, I looked at the publication date of this post several times because I swear we've had this conversation before.
- Reading really isn't sexy, says Sarah Brown at xoJane.
- The HuffPo has a list of 9 books you'll be judged for reading.
- Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 International Latino Book Awards!
- Kirkus reviewer Vicky Smith found Veronica Roth's BEA keynote speech to be a great reminder of the important of humility and "an open, generous mind."
- Cracked rounded up "The 5 Most Horrific Sex Scenes in Fan Fiction History."
- Sporty Girl Books is putting together lists of books for ... well, sporty girls, obviously.
- SO JEALOUS of the LeakyCon schedule!
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Nellie Kurtzman, Vice President of Marketing at Little Brown Books for Young Readers, shares what you really need to know about marketing, at the Bent Agency blog.
- A Federal District Court judge ruled again Fox Searchlight Pictures in "a case that could upend the long-held practice of the film industry and other businesses that rely heavily on unpaid internships." Hm...
- Will writing critical reviews hurt your chances of employment in publishing? Alex Bracken presents the pros and cons.
- Chuck Wendig drops some truth bombs with his "25 Things To Know About Sexism and Misogyny in Writing and Publishing."
- Julie Cross and Beth Revis did an AMA at Reddit this week.
- Gwenda Bond answers some questions about how book packaging works.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Critics might claim that the current generation represents "some kind of postfeminist dream, or nightmare. Don’t believe them," says Judy Bergman at FlavorWire.
- Eleven-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz isn't letting a bunch of racist tweets make him feel bad about his stellar rendition of the national anthem at the NBA finals.
- Look out Pandora and Spotify: Apple introduced iTunes Radio this week.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- Natalie C. Parker is giving away an autographed copy of The Lost Sun, an ARC of Defy the Dark, and a swag pack!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
The trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug came out this week. What's better than a video of fan reactions? A video of actors Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, and Lee Pace reacting to the reactions.
Have a good weekend!