THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- "When I hear that someone’s first novel has been picked up for publication, I have a knee-jerk desire to both congratulate and warn." Juliana Baggott shares the truth about being a debut novelist.
- Damian Sowers makes the argument for not writing sober.
- How do you let go of a story that's just not going to sell? Jodi Meadows has advice.
- Joel Friedlander has 12 tips for successful book launch parties.
- "You can never predict your bad reviews," says Nathan Bransford.
- Lisa Cron tells you how to use the Vulcan Mind Meld to synchronize your reader and protagonist.
- The extremely prolific Joss Whedon shares his guidelines for getting it done.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Goodreads has an infographic illustrating what makes a reader put down a book.
- Orson Scott Wells really doesn't think it's fair for people to be prejudiced against his prejudice.
- George R. R. Martin says the iron throne is way way bigger.
- Check out the theatrical trailer for Austenland, based on the book by Shannon Hale and produced by Stephenie Meyer.
- Is it already that time of year again? That time when some moron decides that Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak is porn? Yes? Damn.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch resigns; Michael Huseby, who was the company’s CFO, takes over as CEO of Nook Media, while Mitchell Klipper remains CEO of retail.
- Agent Ginger Clark launches a new monthly column at The Toast, answering questions from aspiring and published writers.
- The Horn Book proposes a few responses to Lee and Low's findings that the number of multicultural books published hasn't increased in eighteen years. Interesting convo in the comments as well.
- Confused by all the recent controversy in the sci fi community? SL Huang has a timeline.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Super awesome 16-year-old Jack Andraka developed a dipstick diagnostic test that tests for pancreatic, lung, and ovarian cancer.
- This year's ESPN "Body" Issue features over a dozen athletes, including 77-year-old golfer Gary Player, the oldest athlete to ever pose for the issue.
- Lesley at xoJane explains why Dirty Dancing is a subversive masterpiece. A+ to the comments as well. (via Lindsey Culli)
- Johnny Depp allegedly plans to purchase Wounded Knee and return it to the Lakota. Meanwhile, everyone else is busy talking about how hard The Lone Ranger flopped.
- Linda Roberston shares the heartbreaking story of how she learned to truly love her gay son.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Whoa -- this may have existed for a while, but my best friend just showed it to me: Draw any curve on a graph and Google will hook you up with corollary results.
Cracked lists 5 new apps that are perfect for horrible human beings.
A Dallas-area teacher wore the same outfit in his school portrait for the past 40 years. (via Alvina Ling)
In the wake of #bookswithalettermissing fun on Twitter, Pleated Jeans rounds up some Photoshopped versions of the best entries. (via Rachel Fershleiser)
Startup business GoldieBlox, Inc. made a viral splash this week with a video of little girls "taking back the pink aisle."
Have a good weekend!