THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- "You can’t please everyone so you should try to please a small group A LOT." Tim Federle shares lots of great advice in a condensed version of his SCBWI breakout session.
- Over at Adventures in YA Publishing, Delilah Dawson lists 10 things you don't need to be a writer.
- Need inspiration? Electric Lit has fiction prompts culled from the news. (via Genn Albin)
- Sarah Laurence sent us her post about the importance of fact checking.
- The creators of South Park share their #1 writing rule. (via Jennifer Laughran)
- Latin@s in Kid Lit is hosting a Pitch Fiesta for books by Latin@ writers and/or featuring Latin@ settings or characters, and the agents for Pitch Wars have been announced.
- Why YA? Tom Polluck says you're never done growing up.
- Sarah McCarry talks female friendships, road trips, and artistic touchstones with Kat Howard.
- Don't miss Nina LaCour's lovely piece on what teenagers taught her about writing a love story.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Sarah McIntyre looks at the controversy over Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's latest cover remodel.
- JK Rowling sends a letter "from Dumbledore" to the survivor of a Texas shooting.
- YA authors sort their own characters into Hogwarts houses.
- Paste features an art show re-imagining cult movies as Little Golden Books. (via Adam Silvera)
- Was Agatha Christie the real life Gone Girl?
THIS WEEK IN MOVIES
- Melissa Marr explains how film options work.
- There is going to be a Bollywood adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars.
- The director of Frozen has been tapped to direct a new screen version of A Wrinkle In Time.
- Lois Lowry discusses giving up The Giver to Hollywood.
- Fox sets new dates for Paper Towns, Miss Peregrine's, and The Martian.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- This week in Amazon: 900+ authors are taking out a full-page New York Times ad against the company; James Patterson contemplates the hero he could be if he were Jeff Bezos, the LA Times explains what Amazon's numbers aren't telling you, and Google and Barnes & Noble have joined forces to take on Amazon's same-day delivery.
- Love Instagram but not sure how to use it for marketing? Eric Smith gives pointers on connecting visually with readers (even across language divides).
- Beth Revis helps you get started with newsletters.
- PW looks at Macmillan's new marketing for Fierce Reads.
- GISHWHES pissed off a lot of writers this week.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- "Will Bikini Kill ever make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?" NPR looks at the continuing influence of female-fronted 90s bands.
- Amanda Hess examines the rise of ironic misogyny.
- California cheerleaders are in trouble after dressing up as "gangsters." (via Justina Ireland)
- The Spurs hired Becky Hammon as the first female assistant coach in the NBA.
- Cannot improve on this headline: "Mayonnaise factory manager gives up job - to become a NATIVE AMERICAN."
- The federal government says Rikers Island has systematically violated the civil rights of teenage boys held there.
- Stephen Colbert breaks character to give advice on Rookie's "Ask a Grown Man." (Just a note that I haven't gotten to watch this video yet, so YMMV, etc.)
- Chicago schoolkids tell the media, "You don't really know us."
- Misty Copeland is the (badass) new face of Under Armour.
- This dog walked 30 miles to get home and his owners turned him away, but he gets the last laugh by taking a private jet to its new home.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
- Which Hogwarts professor are you? (I'm Dumbledore.)
- "i keep drinking, but it’s not making him more interesting." Women listening to men in Western art history.
- You can virtually climb Everest now.
- We should all be so lucky: A UK district has named one of their trash trucks after David Sedaris.
- Buzzfeed translates what cat-calling men are really saying.
- "Stuff YA Readers Say" from This Is Teen (via Courtney Summers)