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Field Trip Friday: June 28, 2013


Lots of political action this week, from Obama's talk on the environment to the Supreme Court's striking of parts of DOMA, the Voting Rights Act (which had proven to increase political activity by minority voters), and the appeal of California's Proposition 8. Finally, need a hero? Texas senator Wendy Davis stands for thirteen hours in a filibuster opposing the closing of dozens of women's clinics. Her shoe maker, Mizuno, gets some positive feedback, too.


- "We are not representing the 37% of our population when we only amount to 10% of publishing." Ellen Oh breaks down why it sucks to be a POC author. David James argues that diversity is, above all, about inclusion.

- Our own Steph Kuehn gives tips for developing out your secondary characters as well as your main characters.

- Author Emma Trevayne wonders if you're asking the right questions with your first line.

- "Voice is the lens through which the reader sees the story." Kat Zhang defines the literary voice and helps in your quest to develop it.

- Need a name for your medieval Fido/Sparky/Buddy? Check out some actual ancient pooch names.

- New Adult author Juliana Haygert talks about writing as a job--when you're not a U.S. national and need a special Visa to do so.


- Great friend of YA Highway, Kelly Jensen, presents Five Things You Need to Know About Young Adult Fiction.

- Fans of Diana Wynn Jones will get a new book in 2014, completed by the late author's sister.

- Shannon Hale recommends stepping back from our own limited experiences and letting ourselves develop empathy for the best reading experience.

- Novel Sounds talks with Bennett Madison about his controversial novel, September Girls, including thoughts on misogyny, slut-shaming and feminism.

- The libraries aren't dead! Teens still love them. (We do, too!)

- Bookshelvers Anonymous is running the great Rereadathon all July. Check out the guidelines here.

- Does anyone do the odd and dark better on film? Tim Burton set to direct the big screen version of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.


- Curious about what agents and editors are looking for right now? Check out the #MSWL (Manuscript Wish List) hashtag on twitter.

- Though written in 2012, this post from editor Cheryl Klein on why everything in publishing takes so long is still completely relevant.

- Agent Suzie Townsend and several agent pals tell how they fell for New Adult.

- Revise and resubmit without a contract? Mette Ivie Harrison talks whether you should or shouldn't.

- Should authors link to Amazon for book sales? Here are zero reasons you should.


- I love this project that looks at actual teens vs. the adults who play them in films at Actual Teen, Adult Teen.

- Language is forever changing. Here are four changes you may not have even noticed happening.

- A hopeful follow-up to last week's article about girls who started a feminist society at their English school, Cambridge University students photograph why they need feminism.

- "In states that have banned affirmative action in college admissions, prominent public universities have tended to enroll fewer black and Hispanic freshmen." The New York Times breaks down enrollment in states with Affirmative Action bans.

- Seems like all the college news, from high costs to a poor job markets for grads to challenging enrollment, is depressing. That poor folks with degrees fare worse than rich kids without degrees isn't going to change that trend.


- Kristin Lenz is giving away an ARC of All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry to celebrate her new agenthood. Congrats, Kristin!

- Michelle Krys and Ruth Lauren Steven are running the Christmas in July pitch contest. Check the link for the full rules.

- Join Zoe Marriott for International Creative Writing July. Be entered for prizes when you check-in with your progress.


- Egyptian statue twirls like a slow-mo ballerina . . . while untouched and still in its case. There's a novel here somewhere . . . (you're welcome).

- Heat got you down? Here are 11 Ways to Cool Off as Told By Overheated Dogs.

- Basically, this is life. And I can't wait to see this movie:

Have a super weekend!

Kristin Halbrook

Kristin Halbrook is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novels Nobody But Us (HarperTeen, 2013) and Every Last Promise (HarperTeen, 2015). She likes many things.

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  1. I hope this isn't annoying, but the second link down under the Reading subtitle should be Diana Wynne Jones rather than Ursula. Ursula is the sister who has completed the book.

    1. Ah! Thanks for the catch. All fixed now. :)

    2. Sorry for being a pedant. I'm just a huge Diana Wynne Jones fangirl.

  2. Thanks for sharing my YA Fusion link, other Kristin!


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