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Field Trip Friday: July 12, 2013


- "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.


- 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.


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.


- 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.


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)

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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!

Kate Hart

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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  1. I love this Dirty Dancing article-one of my favorite things I've read this week!

  2. I think you guys mean Orson Scott Card ;) Good to know I'm not the only one who confuses him with Orson Wells.


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