THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
- Amazon and Hachette finally reached an agreement.
- Congratulations to #WeNeedDiverseBooks, who topped their IndieGoGo campaign goal of $100,000 this week!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Hilary T. Smith discusses the disconnect between writing and industrialization.
- Jodi Meadows shares the differences between author expectations and reality.
- Feeling lonely and isolated on your publishing journey? It's not just you, says Dahlia Adler.
- Isabel Quintero talks body image, speaking Spanglish, and making herself visible in fiction.
- Have you been reading Sarah Enni's amazing Carpool Lane emails? Check out the archives and sign up -- they're great for NaNo inspiration, but they're also amazing resources to bookmark for any time of the year!
THIS WEEK IN READING
- The executors of Maurice Sendak's estate are refusing to honor his will.
- "Black Girls Don't Read Sylvia Plath": a killer essay by Vanessa Willoughby at the Hairpin (via Sarah McCarry).
- Designer Christian Boer develops a font specifically for helping people with dyslexia read more easily.
- Epic Reads suggests YA books that Netflix should turn into web series, and Tracey Neithercott lists teen movies worth streaming.
- What keeps you from seeking or finding diverse books? Léonicka Valcius wants to know.
- Sign up for the Rumpus's "Letters for Kids" and your kids will get periodic letters from children's authors! (via Holly Schindler)
- "Best Of" lists 2014:
- Amazon names its Best Teen and YA for 2014.
- Cast your vote in the Epic Reads "Book Shimmy Awards" nomination round.
- Give YALSA your nominees for this year's William C. Morris award.
- Make your picks in the Goodreads Semifinals.
- The "Bad Sex in Fiction" finalists include....
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- "New writers, particularly the ones who joined Twitter specifically to meet people and learn about the industry, are accidentally falling in with a bad crowd." Sarah LaPolla warns aspiring authors to not to believe everyone they read (and gives us a nice shout out!).
- The NYT examines the new cubicle layout of Hachette HQ.
- Jennifer Laughran gives you a fantastic and detailed look at the submission process from an agent's point of view.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- MTV's "Rebel Music" series features young Native American musicians advocating for change in their communities.
- "Alex from Target": A Texas teen's life gets turned upside down by a random viral photo of him working the cash register.
- 10 Ways Introverts Interact Differently With the World. Besides killing everyone, I mean.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
#FeministPrincessBride: your antidote to that stupid article in Time.
Get a sneak peek at the upcoming trailer for The DUFF and watch the teaser for Insurgent, both based on books by former Highwayers!