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Field Trip Friday: September 5, 2014


- Gene Leun Yang sported a #WeNeedDiverseBooks pin during his fantastic speech at The National Book Festival gala.

- Carolyn Kellogg reports that the Maryland teacher placed on administrative leave was not suspended for writing fiction, as has been reported -- he's receiving treatment after sending a 4 page letter to local authorities that raised concerns about his mental health.

- Chuck Wendig explains why you should write what you love.

- How Not to Respond to Reviews, exhibit A: please see comments. (via Erin Bow)

- E. C. Myers has a guide to coffee shop writing etiquette.

- Revising? Kiersi Burkhart shares tips on when and how to reveal information.

- JJ at Pub Crawl shares her pet peeves in descriptions of characters' appearance..

- Delilah Dawson shares the worst thing she's ever written.

- "Our longing for some 'carefree childlikeness' is the result of attributing more significance to our current pressures than the ones we remember from our youth, and of simultaneously attributing less significance to creativity as a method of dealing with them." ~ Stop Chasing Childlike Creativity, by Tasha Golden


- This month's YA genre guide at Stacked is all about mythology.

- Amanda MacGregor shares her teen book club's conversation about sexual violence in YA lit.

- Margaret Atwood's next book won't be available for 100 years.

- Goodreads added a "preview" button for US readers.

- Darren Franich argues that Twilight was a great thing for Comic-Con. (via Alice, I think)

- 9 books are up for grabs in Diversity in YA's Back to School giveaway!


- Agent Jessica Sinsheimer and author KK Hendin launched the new Manuscript Wishlist website, where you can search by genre, age group, subject, and more to find out what agents and editors are looking for.

- Beth Revis has a great introverts' guide to selling books at events.

- Agent Janet Reid calls BS on a "author services" website.

- QueryTracker presents a nuts and bolts explanation of how to format query letters.

- Digital Book World looks at Amazon's new Kids KDP program.

- "[W]hen a red flag is raised, publishers have an obligation to their readers to investigate. And when a sea of red flags floods their lobby, they need to start pulping the fiction." Newsweek examines the career of C. David Heymann, which is "riddled with errors and fabrications."


- Gigaom examines the health risks posed by gadget screens. (via Erin Jade Lange)

- It took all of 6 days for a teacher with an "enhanced carry" permit to accidentally discharge a gun on campus.

- The College Board altered the AP U.S. History exam, drawing scathing criticism from some conservatives. Meanwhile, The Economist retracted a book review that basically asked "won't somebody think of the slave owners;" between its publication and removal, the hashtags #economistbookreviews and #notallslaveowners were born.

- GoFundMe shut down a fundraising effort for an OKC cop accused of rape (but the account to benefit police officer Darren Wilson is still kicking -- and if you're tired of hearing about Ferguson, Nicholas Kristof at the NYT would like you to reconsider your delusions about race in the US).

- Nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and other female celebrities were stolen and circulated on 4Chan, leading to more internet victim blaming than you can shake your head at. The FBI is addressing the crime, especially after everyone realized that McKayla Maroney was underage in the photos, which constitutes child p0rnography.The Mirror warns that you shouldn't let your daughter be like Lawrence -- that is, don't be beautiful, or successful, or smart, or online, or you know, exist in the first place.
 Need more proof that being female online is hazardous? Check out #GamerGate. Of course it's not safe to be offline either, given that a Florida man ran over a 14 yr old who refused to have sex with him for money.

- There were a lot of things worth crying over this week, but here's the one that finally broke me: Bullies doused an autistic Ohio boy with bodily fluids instead of the ice bucket challenge he expected.

- NOOOOOO. Twitter is bound and determined to repeat Facebook's mistakes, confirming that "filtered timelines" are here to stay. (via Rick Lipman)


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  1. Kate, thanks for the links! I especially appreciated the Scrivener tips in Kiersi's revising backstory post. The news links were helpful too, following a week spent mostly offline revising.


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