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"This week in books" posted actually, ya know, weekly?
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Now then! I spotted some good links around the Internet and, well, here they are:
Pulitzers were announced! And the big winner for fiction was none other than Colson Whitehead for his much-praised Underground Railroad. Congratulations!!
"Worldbuilding" is a phrase that's tossed around a lot, but what does it really mean? How much is it really necessary? Over at Electric Literature, Lincoln Michel makes the case that the entire concept is overrated.
The Verge had a great interview with John Scalzi about his ten-year book deal, the future of publishing, and his struggles writing in the age of Trump.
The New York Times is broadening its books coverage, with new contributors and columnists. Thumbs up to that one. (via The Millions)
Have you participated in #pitmad? Agent Jessica Faust at BookEnds thinks it's all fine and dandy but don't neglect your actual query time.
Also from BookEnds: The Top 10 reasons your submission got rejected (which actually has twelve reasons).
GEEKING OUT OVER BOOK SPINES
And this is a sponsored post but who cares when it's called 10 great books for booze loving book nerds.
This week in the Forums (redesigned! de-spamified!)...
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Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog!
Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog!
Ask Nathan (I'm back baby!)
Comment! of! the! Week! goes to Jennifer Hubbard, who artfully took my "life of the writer" post on rejecting other people's "script" for you and used it for some very good writing advice:
This is also a useful concept for writing, because we can improve our dialogue by not letting it fall into recitations of rote scripts, and seeking where we can cut the scripts of have the characters break them.And finally...
What's that you say? Disney is filing a patent for "Westworld"-style soft humanoids?
Yeah everything is fine.
Have a great weekend!
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