THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
"Next time you go to accuse a teenage girl of overreacting remember that when a bunch of elderly white men couldn’t agree on something, they shut down the government." - Saer Gabriel
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- "You’d think it gets easier to write a book after the first two or three have been published, wouldn’t you? Well, it doesn’t," says Meg Rosoff, with the view from book 6.
- Uma Krishnaswami gives tips on how not to write dialogue.
- Sarah B. Larson talks about overcoming the war against doubt (via Tracey Neithercott).
- Lori Goldstein at YAtopia has a solid argument for reading your manuscript out loud.
- The trope of faking disabilities is hugely problematic. Kody Keplinger explains why.
- Jodi Kendall at YA Muses lists 6 tips for finding inspiration.
- Four YA authors have joined forces to offer query and manuscript editing services.
- "I haven't told why I wrote the book, but I haven't told why I sneeze, either. A book is a sneeze." E.B. White on Charlotte's Web.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- A study published this week in Science finds that after reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction, people performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.
- Head over to Cybils and nominate your favorite books of the year!
- Tom Clancy died this week at the age of 66.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Just because you can query three different genres at once doesn't mean you should, says agent Janet Reid.
- Alex Bracken helps you navigate educational and librarian conferences.
- Overwhelmed? Maybe you need a virtual assistant.
- Long post this week from Cassandra Clare about movies, author involvement, and feminism.
- Marissa Meyer shares the timeline for selling a follow up project.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Scholastic surveys 20,000 teachers on their perceptions of the new Common Core curriculum.
- Marvel and Natalie Portman announce Ultimate Mentor Adventure, which encourages American girls in grades 9-12 to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math..
- I am torn between loving the attention given to 16-year-old artist Lorde by the NYT, and cringing at the "not like other girls" narrative.
- Also at the NYT, I kind of want to hug Daniel Radcliffe, except now I know he'd rather I didn't.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Hyperbole and a Half!!
And if anything makes you happier than this husky playing in the leaves, I demand you show it to me immediately.