Welcome to our weekly roundup. Kate Hart is still recovering from her epic pumpkin carving efforts and will be back next week.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
It's November! You know what that means. That means you're writing a novel. For daily NaNoWriMo tips and motivation, don't forget to sign up for our Carpool Lane. Happy Writing!
"Unrelenting emphasis must be on character and event, and not the brilliance of the author's viewpoint." Author Eliot Schrefer has a beautiful and astute piece in the NY Times on what YA literature is (and isn't).
Love these thoughts from author Courtney Summers on why she writes about girls and why she writes for girls.
Author Kristin Cashore on what to do when writing is hard.
Rules for journalists writing about rape.
THIS WEEK IN READING
Twenty years of best sellers. What does it mean?
Enjoy some shitty rough drafts of the humorous kind.
A flow chart for selecting your next YA read.
NPR has a thoughtful piece on the intimate experience of reading about mental health struggles written by those who are still struggling.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
Big News at the YA Highway this week. Our own Amy Lukavics announces the sale of her horror novel, Daughters Unto Devils.
Kelly at Stacked has a great look at book packagers and literary development companies.
At look at industry salaries in publishing.
Will print books no longer be the norm?
A teen who followed fifties social tips will soon have her own book published.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
Fascinating essay by Jay Roberts on his encounter with a serial killer and the meaning he took from their time together.
Beautiful and heartbreaking piece on a murdered teacher and the students who mourn him (via Angie Manfredi).
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Texts from a pumpkin?