'Tis the dog days of summer, and we hope you're having a great one, so far!
This Week in Writing
Agent Kristin Nelson breaks down the anatomy of a query rejection.
Julie and Kat Zhang tag teamed to bring you two posts about productivity on Pub(lishing) Crawl, this week.
19th Century French author Balzac supposedly drank 50 cups of coffee a day. These might have been his thoughts after each cup.
This Week in Reading
Ken Kalfu brings us the ethical quandaries of book buying in a world of (too?) many books and the desire to support indie bookstores.
At BookRiot, Kelly Jensen assess the way fat characters are and aren't written about in YA lit, and what can be done to improve representation.
The Guardian has an exclusive peek at the first chapter of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman.
This Week in Publishing
Ever wondered how and why a publisher decides to acquire a book? Jane Friedman walks us through P&L.
Which publishers and journals are participating in Lee and Low's diversity survey...and which are not (plus how you can encourage them to join).
YALSA brings us a recap of the ALA Author Coffee Klatch. (Hi, our lovely Stephanie Kuehn!)
"I just did an online interview for a foreign magazine. One of the questions was: 'Aren't you afraid of getting fat?'" British author Joanne Harris highlights the continued sexism in the publishing industry.
This Week in the Random
Stephen King has a Thing of Evil.
The Magic Chocolate Flower Dessert. I'd tap that.