Aughhh, Friday the 13th. But!
THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
New! Harry! Potter! Movie!!!!!!!!!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- In "Dangerous Parasites," Laurie Halse Anderson wants to talk about "the people who are shitting on your dream."
- "I think the best thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. It will never be perfect," says Rainbow Rowell.
- PolicyMic discusses the one thing white writers get away with, but authors of color don't.
- Thinking about giving up? Julianna Baggott helps you get back to the page.
- Chuck Wendig gives you 25 steps to edit the unmerciful suck out of your story.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Another day, another arbitrary gender distinction in book audiences. Justina Ireland has thoughts and general WTFery.
- Malindo Lo takes a cultural anthropology approach to answering why adults read YA. Be still my nerdy little heart.
- "For years, my girlfriend and I went down to Powell’s and scoured the shelves, looking for stories that featured people like us," shares Chelsea Pitcher.
- The Hollywood Reporter has an excerpt from Laini Taylor's upcoming Dreams of Gods and Monsters.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Jennifer Laughran shares a few things you can and cannot expect from conference critiques.
- "Any book men write — and you should take this with maybe 1 millimeter of salt — is considered universal," says Lizzie Skurnick, who is heading up an effort to reissue classic teen fiction.
- Jodi Meadows gives tips on approaching authors for interviews and guest posts.
- Suzie Townsend asks agents and editors some FAQs about New Adult.
- Condolences and love to the folks at QueryTracker, who lost author and blogger Carolyn Kaufman to a brain aneurysm over the weekend.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Reuters published a heartbreaking series on the "private re-homing" of adopted children in the US.
- Latina teens are more likely to suffer from depression, reports Ruxandra Guipi.
- Elizabeth Burns takes a look at technology and girls or lack thereof.
- The NYT covers Harvard Business School's gender equity case study.
- Teenager exorcists head to Britain to tackle Harry Potter-inspired occult ... you know what, I can't even finish this sentence. I just... America. Can we not.
- An Ohio teen sets the Guinness Book World Record for back handsprings.
- Continuing my weekly fangirling of Adrienne Keene: "Thanks for the severed head. You proved my point." at Racialicious. (Hey, it's all fun and games, right? Unless it's a white dude, in which case no? Just checking.)
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
This tattoo of a Seattle library is the coolest. (via Michelle Schusterman)
The "twerk fail" video I posted in the random last week turns out to be a Jimmy Kimmel prank. Survey says?
Which Harry Potter character are you? (I am either Draco or Hermione, I can never remember which.
Credit to Emily, who the HuffPo somehow couldn't find. She has charts for several more fandoms too.)
Have a good weekend!