Our amazing Kate Hart is away this weekend, so I am filling in. Hope you enjoy this week's links!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Janice Hardy has some great advice for cutting words from your manuscript.
- Author E. C. Myers has some thoughts on being a male author.
- Andrew Karre has an excellent post on sex in YA.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Susie Rodarme discusses how reading helped her overcome a racist upbringing.
- A Georgia football player joins a book club. Watch the video, it's worth it!
- Everything about Harry Potter is magical. But if you need fifteen new reasons to love the film, Buzzfeed has them.
- Speaking of, JK Rowling wrote another short story in the Harry Potter universe.
- Tom Pollock defends sparkly vampires.
- Nine unforgettable teen reads, provided by Kirkus.
- YA fiction should be embraced, says Theresa Michals. (via Carrie Mesrobian)
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Wondering how best to get your book out to bloggers for review? Marcy Kennedy has some tips.
- Kelly Jensen provides a list of 28 must-follow tumblrs for YA lovers (including us!)
- Lori Lee writes about diversity in YA fantasy, and why it matters.
- An argument for the importance of death in YA fiction, by Rupert Wallis.
- To truly make publishing more diverse, we may need to dig deeper.
- Corinne Duyvis writes a lovely article on how being diagnosed with autism helped her become a published author.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- After the harassment of Robin Williams' daughter Zelda, Twitter is finally changing its policies.
- Your tumblr images will now be able to be scanned for brands.
- Mo'ne Davis rocked it at the Little League World Series.
- In the wake of recent problems in Ferguson, three teens have created an app that could help increase accountability for police forces.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
-Stephen King participated in the ice bucket challenge: