It's time for this month's Industry Month in Review. Good news! The Washington Post noted that sales for children's and young adult fiction increased 12!
Let's revel in it for a second...okay, now back to work.
More, more, more! We hear this all the time. More is always better right? Wrong. Movable Type Management Senior Literary Manager Mary Kole reminds us in her July 9th blog The Law of Diminishing Returns that in the case of fiction, this may not always be true. Kole uses the example of action scenes to prove her point. A great action scene leaves the reader excited and wanting more, but five in a row and you'll have the reader screaming cut!
Last month Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats posted her 22 rules of storytelling. This month, we have Joss Whedon's Top 10 Writing Tips.
As Canadians know, no YA library is complete without a copy of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (it's practically burned into our brains). It's interesting to note that in the recently published The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery, the PEI Years, 1889-1900, the teenaged author of the Canadian classic wrote journal entries in the late 19th century that were filled with the same gripes and angst that we hear from teenagers today. Some things never change.
Finally, I leave you with this most awesomest of little people youtube videos. Written by a cool kid and brought to life by fun adults...did I mention it guest stars Joss Whedon? How can it not be awesome!