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Friday, December 30, 2011

Year in Short

Note: This is going to be an abbreviated Year in Short because I didn't do Week in Shorts all last semester.

Looking back over the last year, I realized that so much has changed. My life now is so different from my life this time last year, in so many ways. In some ways its for the better and in others, it's not but it's been a very good -- if not crazy -- year.

The writing and publishing world has also seen some major changes in the last year. E-books are growing in popularity and piracy is becoming an increasingly larger topic of conversation. We also saw the bankruptcy of Borders (I still can't drive past their empty storefronts). Rowling also contributed with the creation of Pottermore which I have to say is probably the best thing since Harry Potter itself.

Writing:
The truth about the Mary Sue
How to dig out of the Pit of Despair
When it's okay to quit

Querying:
Too many agents, not enough gin: the truth about multiple offer situations
Still your itchy trigger finger: why you should wait before hitting send
Choosing the wrong agent
Handling revisions from an agent
Thrashing in revisions
Agent edits
Reminder to always follow up

Publishing:
Rejection insights from an editor
"Free" books aren't free: the implications of illegal downloading
How book-based movies happen

Social networking:
10 things authors should know about Twitter

Other:
The power to choose
Sexual politics, women's rights, and becoming an adult
Sex vs relationships in YA
Phoebe North on Sex Positive YA
False memories: source confusion and suggestion
Hannah Moskowitz calls for more characters like you
Why the n-word matters

Hope everyone had a great 2011 and that 2012 is even better! Have a great weekend and Happy New Year!

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