Around the Blogosphere:
via The Passive Voice, how no-inventory publishing changes everything for everybody.
How characters exert control.
If you've ever found yourself unable to sleep, consumed by curiosity as to what is the worst fairy tale ever, Elizabeth Scalia has the answer. Fortunately it's part of the Common Core curriculum, so our children won't be tormented by the same question. The post is worth reading just for the "newly suspicious palms."
Agents give an overview of new trends in YA. (Hint: avoid even a whiff of dystopia.)
The length of your book should fit the subject matter, audience, and genre.
NPR talks about first novels and the literary agents who fall in love with them.
Literary agents Jennifer Udden (of Donald Maass Literary Agency) and Bridget Smith (Dunham Literary) have posted the first episode of their new podcast, Shipping And Handling. Look for it soon in iTunes, too!
Literary Quote of the Week:
I want the reader to feel something is astonishing. Not the 'what happens,' but the way everything happens. -Alice Munro
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