THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Lots of internet love this week for Delilah Dawson's "25 Steps to Becoming a Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition."
- "You don't hate me, you hate my brand," says Rachel Held Evans (via Jay Asher).
- Sara Zarr discusses YA and adolescence as a crisis of faith.
- When nothing's going right in your writing, go left, says Robin LaFevers.
- Isabel Thomas presents life after the book deal from Argh! to Zzzzz.
- Congrats to WriteOnCon for another successful conference! Be sure to check out their archives for posts like "Diversity In Writing" by Ellen Oh, "How to Pitch an Agent" by Lara Perkins, and "Quick and Dirty Edit Tips" by Christa Desir.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Sophia McDougall at New Statesman explains why she hates "Strong Female Characters" (via Phoebe North).
- Do certain books keep finding their way to the bottom of your list? Using the theory of "effort justification," Jennifer Lynn Barnes explains the psychology of the TBR pile.
- Zoë Marriott sent us her self-described rant: "Real Girls, Fake Girls, Everybody Hates Girls."
- In an interview, Stephenie Meyer told Variety that she is "so over" Twilight, which she describes as "not a happy place to be." On her own blog, she elaborated, assuring readers that the time she's spent with fans "has been one of the most precious gifts of this whole experience" and that she "will certainly never forget them or think of them with anything but immense gratitude" but that she "will admit, it's getting harder to answer the same questions about Twilight that I've been answering for the past decade (especially when I'm so excited to talk about Austenland)."
- Kelsey McKinney at The Atlantic says it's frustratingly rare to find a novel about women that's not about love.
- Death and Taxes lists 18 obsolete words that should never have gone out of style.
- Congratulations to our girl Kristin Halbrook, whose Nobody But Us is being developed for film by Haven Entertainment!
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Even agents are scared of public speaking! Michael Bourret shares how he overcame his fears, and recommends this article by Dan Shipper at LifeHacker.
- N.K. Jemisin says it's time for the SFWA to pick a side.
- The American Booksellers Association issues a letter calling on members to create negative publicity revealing Amazon’s real business practices.
- Penguin signs 13-year-old author to a 2-book deal. *insert wailing and gnashing of teeth here*
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Over the past week, #solidarityisforwhitewomen was a trending topic on Twitter and provoked a lot of important conversation. Jamie Nesbitt Goldon at Slate has an overview and explanation, while Mikki Kendall, originator of the hashtag, explains at The Guardian.
- Somewhat related: Turns out white folks are all for meritocracy based on test scores... until they find out those scores favor Asian-Americans.
- Legendary comics creators on the Television Critics Association press tour have a whole list of reasons why it's not their fault comics are sexist oh wait I mean comics aren't sexist at all wait what.
- I really love "I Will Always Care Too Much" by Chelsea Fagan at ThoughtCatalog:
"No one wants to be the person who is made fun of for caring too much about something, who treats in earnest a situation that everyone else considers absurd. Even in personal relationships, feeling too heavily invested while simultaneously understanding that the other person couldn’t be more detached is one of the most profound feelings of embarrassment we can experience. Because it isn’t simply the embarrassment of making a mistake or a poor choice, it’s a shame over the kind of human being you are and how you see the world around you. To be shamed for your sincerity is to be reminded that you are dependent on something which is not dependent on you — that you are, once again, vulnerable."
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
BuzzFeed reminds you that no matter what, life will never be as bad as it was in middle school.
Except for this kid, who appears to be doing just fine for himself at that age.