THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- "It's not so much about creating fresh goals and motivations, but finding fresh ways to illustrate those goals and motivations," says Janice Hardy.
- Need to get to work? Maya Rock offers tips to help you stop procrastinating, and 99U discusses how ego sabotages your creativity.
- Author Marie Lu has a starter guide to writing diverse fiction.
- The Atlantic shares 8 habits of highly successful YA authors.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Allegiant came out this week, selling 455K copies on day 1. Chaos ensued. If you haven't, please see Vee's statement on the matter: Strong reactions are fine. Physical threats are not.
- Yikes, so guilty of this: Confessions of a reading one-upper.
- This year's World Book Night choices include The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Bridge to Terabithia, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and Code Name Verity, among others.
- Robin Wasserman shares how Stephen King saved her life. Semi-related: John Jarzemsky makes the case for "scaring the crap out of your kids;" R.L. Stine did an AMA and his Fear Street series is getting a reboot!
- More than 100 authors signed a letter to President Obama explaining that testing is killing our kids' love of reading.
- Buzzfeed has "20 literary Tumblrs that are killing it."
- Love Anne of Green Gables? Keep an eye out for Melanie Fishbane's novel about the author's life, written with the approval of L. M. Montgomery's heirs.
- E-book Friendly was kind enough to include me in their round up of 6 interesting YA infographics. (via Erin Bowman)
- Congrats to Rebecca Stead, winner of The Guardian's 2013 Children's Fiction Prize!
THIS WEEK IN MOVIES
- CNN takes a look at what makes YA books to screen adaptions work.
- Production on the Mortal Instruments sequel has been restarted.
- A release date of June 6, 2014 has been set for The Fault In Our Stars.
Already feeling the post-series-finale sad? Check out Forever Young Adult's interview with Divergent stars Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Amazon Publishing's editorial head is returning to agenting, and their operations will be scaled back.
- How good is good enough for a manuscript draft? "'Good enough' is not the standard you want to aspire to," says agent Janet Reid.
- Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown looks at the ways agencies are working with self-publishing.
- Agent Molly Jaffa says Frankfurt Book Fair is her happiest place on earth.
- Great post I missed in June: Léonicka lists three ways readers can increase diversity in publishing.
- Simon & Schuster is launching a sci fi and fantasy imprint with Jon Anderson and Justin Chanda as publishers and Joe Monti and Navah Wolfe on board as editors. Congrats also to Martha Mihalick, whose promotion to senior editor at Greenwillow we forgot to mention last week!
THIS WEEK IN GIVEAWAYS
- Kelsey Macke and Jessica Love are hosting the second annual Sip Swap: Sign up, send a mug to a new friend, and get one for yourself!
- BookRiot has a collection of book cover pumpkin patterns and Alice put together a set of inspiring pumpkins at BuzzFeed -- check them out if you still need inspiration for our Halloween giveaway!
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half did an AMA this week.
- Incomprehensible: Teachers in Massachusetts and Nevada were killed by students this week.
- The New Yorker published David Sedaris's poignant piece on his sister Tiffany's suicide. This Boston Globe piece about Tiffany from 2004 makes it even more heartbreaking. (via Courtney Summers)
- A gay couple circumvented the same-sex marriage laws in Oklahoma by getting married at the Cheyenne-Arapaho tribal courthouse.
- Best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Lenore Appelhans!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Photographer Richard Renaldi persuades strangers to take portraits together, and the results are unexpectedly moving.
Ellen sent two of her staffers to a local haunted house and the results are unexpectedly hilarious.
WAIT WAIT LATE ADDITION TO THE POST: Drunk Robert Pattinson and Katy Perry singing Boyz II Men I am not making this up one single bit. (via Kate Spencer) I didn't even make it through 30 seconds.