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Field Trip Friday: August 8, 2014


- "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.


- 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?


- 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 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.


- "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.


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)

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