The link roundup is back!
I’ve been spending a lot of blog time on behind-the-scenes fixes and improvements (click through if you haven’t seen the re-design!), but am now ready to begin posting with a bit more regularity.
And I’ve been saving a ton of links for you. Here we go!
This week, YA Twitter got its Sherlock Holmes on when it noticed that a mysterious book appeared at the top of the NY Times bestseller list without much fanfare and, well, no one appearing to really be buying it. Was there something amiss? Yes, as it turned out. There most definitely was.
Accurate summary of YA Twitter:
ROOMMATES: Hey Paul, what was happening on book Twitter today?
— trash bandicoot (@NotLikeFreddy) August 24, 2017
Speaking of YA Twitter drama, Vulture has a long read on drama in the YA Twitter world surrounding The Black Witch and how quickly sentiment can be turned against a particular book.
Agent Wendy Lawton had a hot take: the query system is broken. Do you agree?
Forbes released its list of the highest paid authors — the 11 authors earned a combined $312.5 million. Nice work if you can get it!
One of the most beloved children’s books of all time, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler turned 50 in July, and The New Yorker had a lovely retrospective.
Truly the end of an era as revered/reviled/loved/feared/say-what-you-will-you-probably-have-an-opinion-about-one-of-her-reviews book reviewer Michiko Kakutani is retiring.
Author Jennifer Hubbard asks: Is the tech in most science fiction a little too functional?
In writing advice news: bestselling mystery author Jeff Abbott published his top 10 writing tips, agent Marisa A. Corvisiero has 10 tips for writing nonfiction book proposals, how professional romance novelists write 3,000 words a day, and becoming a writer after 50.
A writer who was rejected from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop sued the program for age discrimination.
In a time of a shrinking book business, Mike Shatzkin argues that strategies to cut overhead makes sense.
There’s a ton of pressure in the publishing world to strike while the iron is hot and write as many books as publishers will contract you for. Readers are more patient.
Jason Heller wrote about his experience writing his first novel, which, as it turned out, was a ghost-written Pirates of the Caribbean novel.
The Millions had an awesome take on Thoreau and how instrumental he and his contemporaries were at establishing a distinctly American voice in literature. (Also, if you’re in New York check out the excellent Thoreau exhibit at the Morgan Library, where the photo accompanying this post was taken).
Book Riot has a list of book tropes they’d like to see die.
And finally, I’m really digging Sanrio’s new simmering office drone by day/metal karaoke singer by night Aggretsuko. The Times had a fascinating look at how Aggretsuko’s creators made anti-capitalism, well, profitable.
Have a great weekend!
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