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Field Trip Friday: April 4, 2014


- Maggie Stiefvater proves you can't please everyone, even when your characters make the right decisions.

- Confirmation bias, epic fantasy, and you: N.K. Jemisin and Medieval POC on why "it doesn't belong" is such a constant (and wrong) criticism of diverse fantasy books.

- Tim Federle talks about writing middle grade's first boy/boy kiss.

- Scientists debunk the myth that 10,000 hours of practice make you perfect.

- Our lady Sarah Enni dissects this week's much-loathed series finale, explaining how Shatter Me goes right where "How I Met Your Mother" went wrong. She also has a look at how time off can help your writing (complete with an amazing gif starring her, me, and Sumayyah.)

- Tired of romanticized inspiration advice? Natalie Whipple gives you blunt tips from "a slightly-jaded, midlist author."

- 19 things female writers are tired of hearing.

- Sarah McCarry wraps up her Working Project, interviewing Cristina Moracho about writing with depression, and Alexandra Duncan shares her experience as a writer with anxiety and depression.

- Duncan also has a great post asking, "Is it still a dystopia if it's really happening?"

- If you're considering self-publishing, check out Beth Phelan's experiences as a hybrid author.

- The HuffPo shares infographics of how historical creatives structured their days (via Julie Murphy).

- Find out how Gretchen McNeil went from 0 to 85K words in 60 days (and moved houses while she was at it!)


- "I'd like to see everyone who is pissed off about the uneven coverage of YA books (and authors) to call The Damn Media on the carpet and tell them what they are doing wrong." Laurie Halse Anderson does an AMA at Reddit, including this smart response re. the "John Green-ification" of YA; she also includes a link to Kelly Jensen's discussion on the topic, which Kelly furthers here.

- Lee and Low interviews Amy Cheney, a librarian for incarcerated youth.

- An Idaho school has decided to ban Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

- An apparent API bug is causing your Goodreads reviews to advertise p0rn and book piracy. (via Bree Bridges)

- Movie news: Eleanor and Park has been picked up by DreamWorks, with Rainbow Rowell herself writing the screenplay; J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts movie will be a TRILOGY (via Ashley Ford); Stacked put together a collection of all the realistic YA that has paved the way for the current "revolution" in film making.

- A few months late on this "gross-out cute" LA Times interview with Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs.

- Buzzfeed lists 19 true struggles of being an adult who reads YA and asks how many of the greatest books by women you've read; CollegeHumor makes classic titles sarcastic with quotation marks.

- Congrats to our own Stephanie Kuehn, whose upcoming Complicit got a starred review from PW and whose Charm and Strange is a finalist for the California Book Awards! Also, in case you missed it, be sure to add Kirsten Hubbard's upcoming Cloudforest to your list!


- "An extraordinary novel whose protagonist isn’t a straight white girl might not satisfy The Market." On the heels of the Bologna Book Fair, editorial director Dan Ehrenhaft says diverse novels are a hard sell internationally.

- Paper Lantern Lit is extending into a "boutique e-publishing imprint."

- Julie Kagawa explains how not to ask an author for a favor.

- M. G. Buehrlen shares 5 ways book blogging helped her get published.

- Maintaining an author page at Facebook may be less worthwhile once their next algorithm change goes into effect.

- "Yes, book editors edit," says The New Yorker. (via Lindsey Culli)

- Macmillan and Laurie Halse Anderson are teaming up for #Speak4RAINN15, matching donations throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

- PWxyz has moved to Tumblr. (via Rachel Fershleiser)

- "I finished my novel on Tuesday, ... literary agents in London read it on Wednesday, signed me on Thursday and sent it to HarperFiction on Friday. The deal was finalised overnight on Monday and I hope I don't wake up tomorrow and find it was all a dream." <-- Not an April Fool's joke. Commence wailing and gnashing of teeth.


- Hooray, we survived another April Fool's Day on the internet and lived to tell the tale. Shelf Awareness reported that President Obama will be self-publishing his memoir and Sherman Alexie is advocating for indie bookstore forehead tattoos, and FlavorWire rounded up some of the web's other pranks.

- Salma Yaqoob shares a great anti-rape poster, and a Harvard student reveals the way she was failed by the school after being assaulted. Meanwhile Slate thinks a movie about Steubenville from a male POV (featuring Brad Pitt, natch) is "a great idea." That is not sarcasm. That is the headline. (via Carrie Mesrobian)

- Whitewashing! It's not just for book covers and movies and TV! Laura Beck reports on the failings of color-blind casting in theater.

- I was off the internet for a lot of the #CancelColbert controversy, but I did see that the WSJ used the phrase "weaponized hashtag" and the Nation used "Suey Park-derangement syndrome." Meanwhile Ellen Oh "will call your racist shit out" in her killer post, "No longer the model minority."

- FiveThirtyEight shows movies that pass the Bechdel Test make more money.

- This special team of civilians can predict world events 30 percent better than intelligence officers with access to actual classified information.

- On the eve of Television Without Pity's closing, Linda Holmes reminisces that "[p]eople are so much more randomly great than they are randomly hostile."

- Sophie Wilkinson relates the experience of being publicly shamed by a photo sharing group on FB.

- A HS basketball player was stripped of an award after sending a rude tweet to an opposing team.

- A New York student was accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools.


Photographer Alexandra Crockett puts together a collection of metal heads... and their cats?

Will your state survive the zombie apocalypse? (via Kody Keplinger)

Our girl Vee, her agent Jo, and the adorable folks from HarperCollins celebrate FourFour Day.

Kate Hart

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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  1. Kate, thanks for keeping us in the loop weekly--especially those of us who've had to reduce our online presence. You rock!

    1. Thanks for reading, and for the kind words!


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