THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Janice Hardy explains how to use layers to pre-write your scenes.
- Is writing magic? Chuck Wendig discusses.
- What do you do when you're between projects? Adam Silvera works on his "between book."
THIS WEEK IN READING
- The Guardian wants to know: Can you identify these classic horror books by their covers?
- So much love for Mallory Ortberg's "Dirtbag Mrs. Whatsit."
- Laura Ruby is less than impressed with that YA-bashing article on the Mary Sue.
- I can't remember if we've linked this already or not, but nooooooo: Zilpha Keatley Snyder passed away earlier this month.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Publishing While Black: The Toast hosts a roundtable discussion.
- Penguin acquires a YA novel based on an 18K word sample.
- The WaPo examines why publishers want fanfic to go mainstream.
- Suzie Townsend says agents are not gatekeepers.
- Two DGLM interns share what they've learned about the industry.
- Does a query have to focus on the main character? Janet Reid has answers.
- The We Need Diverse Books campaign is over halfway to its goal -- donate quickly to snag some great perks!
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Lots of traction for Hollaback's video exposing street harassment (though also accusations that all of the white harassers were edited out).
- The NYT discusses "the etiquette for having your friends befriend each other."
- Crushing story about the murder of George Carter, a 15-yr-old New Orleans teen and advocate for food justice and garden.
- A teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns.
- An Illinois substitute teacher has been let go after calling black students in her class the N-word for an 80 minute period.
- A men's rights group is masquerading as a Canadian nonprofit that addresses domestic violence. (via N. K. Jemisin)
- An all-girl, all-disabled band called Sisters of Invention releases an anti-Disney princess video.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Daniel Radcliffe shows off some skills... rapping.
And LeVar Burton reads a new classic bedtime book.