Latest News

Field Trip Friday: September 19, 2014


- "I want to offer at least one teenage girl a vocabulary for her desires, or the idea that there is one." Very rarely do I read a "Why I Write YA" piece and think "WHY DIDN'T I WRITE THIS," but lucky me, Carrie Mesrobian shared this post by Zan Romanoff.

- Annie Cardi makes the case for putting aside "likable and relatable" to focus on what's human and pressing.

- Beautiful post from Sarah McCarry about practicing for what scares you.

- Nova Ren Suma reflects on changing professional challenges over the span of a writing career.

- "What do you say to a casual friend who has become one of the most successful writers in the world, a writer so successful Maya Angelou had to die in order to slip ahead of him in the Amazon rankings for even a single day?" IDK, apparently you say, "Hey John, I wrote an article in Salon about my jealousy of you -- thanks for the hits." (via Tessa Gratton)

- Janice Hardy suggests the mini-arc method for authors who fall in the middle of the planner/pantser spectrum.

- Having recently converted to a ... shall we say, improvised version of a standing desk, I found their comparison with treadmill desks in the WaPo very interesting. (via Paolo Bacigalupi)

- Can switching genres hurt your "author brand"? Erin Bowman weighs in.

- The Center for Fiction sent us this link to Patrick Ryan's upcoming YA workshop in New York.


- Malinda Lo's analysis shows that "diverse books are disproportionately targeted for book challenges and censorship,"

- If you pirate e-books, your Amazon account can be hacked. (via Dear Author)

- Lincoln Michel looks at the biggest predicted innovations -- and flops -- in book technology, and makes a few predictions of his own.

- Steve Sheinkin's "Walking and Talking" comic series of interviews with authors is super cute.

- Cara Delevingne will play Margo in the screen version of Paper Towns.

- Booklikes has opened an affiliate program for bloggers, giving them commissions on sales resulting from their reviews. (via a Twitter convo I've since lost, sorry source!)

- Princeton's Cotsen Children's Library examines Harry Potter and the Mystery of the Author's Name(via Cheryl Klein)


- Adam Silvera highlights 5 books with fantastic gay characters, and After Ellen rounds up every YA novel with lesbians ever, in chronological order (via emily m. danforth).

- CNN put together a list of 40 highly anticipated fall YA titles, and Kirkus listed their top 14.

- Debbie Reese points out how white everyone's "10 books" lists on FB have been and offers up her own 10 Native books everyone should read.

- Valerie Tajeda asks 7 Hispanic YA authors why they think we need diverse books.

- Longlists were announced for this year's National Book Award -- congrats to the Young People's Literature nominees!


- Amazon Germany leaked a sneak peek at the Kindle's next model, Voyage.

- HarperCollins will help indie publishers with express shipping during the holidays.

- "I don’t want to have to curb my enthusiasm when I rave about something but my tweets are not advertisements." Agent Michael Bourret, editor Andrew Karre, and author Gayle Forman discuss the blurb game and a recent trend of using social media quotes without express permission.


- Stacked is giving away 3 copies of Courtney Summers's upcoming All the Rage!


- I bailed far earlier than she did, but still greatly enjoyed Whitney Fletcher's "Blazers of Glory: On Leaving Academia." (via Dahlia Adler)

- This year's MacArthur Foundation Genius Grants went to some great recipients, including cartoonist Alison Bechdel and Native activist Sarah Deer.

- Zoe Quinn shares 5 things she learned as the internet's most hated person.

- A black cosplayer was killed by police because he was carrying a sword.

- MTV's Faking It will feature an intersex character, with consulting from AIC. (via I.W. Gregorio)

- Victoria Turk examines several ways that technology isn't made to fit women -- particularly medical devices. (Comments are a cesspool, JSYK.) Meanwhile two teenager girls invented an amazing video game called "Tampon Run." (via Cleolinda Jones)

- Joseph Vogel argues Janet Jackson was the most culturally significant female artist of the 1980s.

- How do teenage crowds end up with names like "goths," "heads," and the like? Michael Erand investigates. (Note that slurs are included.) (via Blair Thornburgh)


New Mockingjay trailer!

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.

Posts by Kate

website twitter instagram goodreads tumblr Badass Ladies You Should Know

  • Blogger Comments
  • Facebook Comments


  1. Kate, thanks for the links! Your improvised standing desk made me smile as I've considered that option. The article on treadmill desks was really interesting. I don't think my dog would forgive me if I got one.


Comments are moderated on posts two weeks old or more -- please send us a tweet if yours needs approval!

Item Reviewed: Field Trip Friday: September 19, 2014 Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kate Hart